NYPA crews pull one of the first pontoon strings out to Lake Erie to begin the installation of the ice boom for the 2018-19 ice season.

Ice Boom Information


Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom 2021-2022 Ice Season Ended

New York Power Authority informed the Board that they have placed all components of the Ice Boom into dry storage as of April 13, 2022 ending the 2021-22 season.


Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom has been Removed

The ice boom has been removed as of April 4 for the 2021-22 ice season, with the all ice boom pontoon strings tied off at the Buffalo Harbor Breakwater. NYPA will continue preparations for storage of the ice boom components by removing the buoys from Lake Erie and towing of ice boom components up the Buffalo River to NYPA dry storage yard.


Removal of the Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom began March 29, 2022.

Preparation for removal of the Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom has begun and will start as early as Tuesday March 29, 2022.

Learn more about the 2022 removal of the Ice Boom

More Ice Boom Information

Ice Boom Reports can be found here.

The Ice Boom is operated by the New York Power Authority to reduce the potential for ice jams in the Niagara River. For further information, see Frequently Asked Questions on the Ice Boom.

The New York Power Authority Ice Boom camera shows current images of the boom.

This video from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers describes the boom and how it is monitored in cooperation with the International Niagara Board of Control and other agencies.