Recent water rescues serve as chilly reminders that early-season ice on any Wisconsin waterbody is thin, weak, and potentially life-threatening to anyone looking to get a jump on winter fun. Gavin Brault Wisconsin Conservation Warden says, “the Bay is a very different body of water versus an inland lake were there are some streams flowing into it but on the Bay it’s obviously a big body of water.”

Brault says, “anyone using the Bay of Green Bay for any reason this winter should be especially cautious.”

The Bay of Green Bay is about 120 miles long and 10 to 20 miles wide. Users must pay extra attention to changing weather conditions, including high-winds, and be knowledgeable of the maintenance of the navigation channel and avoid becoming stranded on free-floating icebergs.