(Walpole Algonac Ferry Ltd., Facebook)

The Walpole Algonac Ferry is opening back up on Monday, January 29.

Ferry officials say they will be starting in the afternoon.

The first boat is set to leave Walpole Island at 2:50 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on the American side.

The ferry has bee shut down for most of the month, due to ice in the St. Clair River.

Walpole Algonac Ferry Ltd. is also holding a pair of contests to update their image.

They are currently in the process of re-naming the ferry boats.

“We need two names, one for each of the boats,” ferry officials stated.

“We believe the new names should come from our community. This will be an essay style contest for Walpole Island First Nation band members. The essay doesn’t have to be long, it just needs to tell a brief story about the name you chose and why it should be used for our ferry boats.”

Ferry officials say all names will be judged and subject to approval from the Walpole Algonac Ferry Ltd. ferry board.

The naming contest runs from February 1 to March 1, 2018.

The winner will receive $100 and be an ambassador on the maiden voyage under the new names.

A logo design contest is also being held, with the winning design receiving $200.

Ferry officials say the logo should reflect the identify of the ferry and the First Nation, with a simple and symbolic design.

Also, the logo should be:

– Original

– Clean and simple

– Appealing and memorable

– Contain the full name ‘Walpole Algonac Ferry Ltd’

– Submitted in a sealed envelope with your contact information

Submissions for both contets can be emailed to waflboat@icloud.com or dropped off at 100 Tahgahoning Road.

For more details or questions, call 519-627-7978.