USCG STANT ST. IGNACE USCG SAR ATON LE THE KEEPERS OF THE THE STRAITS SANT ST, INGNACE - - Coast Guard
USCG STANT ST. IGNACE USCG SAR ATON LE THE KEEPERS OF THE THE STRAITS SANT ST, INGNACE
Coast Guard Station St. Ignace is a small boat station that serves the Straits of Mackinac including Mackinac Island, Mackinac Bridge, and the Northern portions of Lakes Michigan and Huron. Station St. Ignace's missions are Search & Rescue (SAR), Aids to Navigation, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and promotion of safe boating practices. Crews from the Station assist boaters in approximately 50-100 cases every year, the AtoN department maintains 361 major, minor and private aids to navigation, and Law Enforcement crews conduct approximately 200 boardings each year.
Search and Rescue is the core mission of any small boat station, and Station St. Ignace takes seriously its committment to safeguarding the lives and property of the maritime public on the Great Lakes.
To that end, the Station maintains a duty crew ready to respond 24/7 to distressed boaters, medical emergencies in water-only accessable locations, and victims of thin ice during the winter months. Station St. Ignace operates three standard small boats (see our assets section): one 25-foot Response Boat which is able to respond to emergencies at 46 knots, a 45-foot Response Boat Medium, which is able to handle 12-foot seas and can tow disabled vessels up to 100 displacement tons. In the winter the station utilizes a 22' Airboat for Ice Operations.