Lake Ice Safety Guidelines
Be Smart On The Ice
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shared some helpful information about ice safety and we wanted to make sure to help spread the word. Frozen lakes and rivers provide a variety of great recreation opportunities in the winter – and we certainly take advantage of the ice when we can. But the key to a fun day of adventure is being safe and prepared.
The information below – along with some video resources – will help you be prepared next time you’re out playing on the ice. All of this info can also be found at mndnr.gov/icesafety. Be safe folks, and have a fun winter!
When Is The Ice Safe?
The only answer to this question is that ice is never 100% safe. Even during the coldest days you can find thin ice or open spots on almost any body of water. Don’t rely on your calendar. Just because you may normally be ice fishing this time of year, doesn’t mean that the ice is safe.
You can’t judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, the air temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. All these factors affect ice strength — plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and local climatic conditions.
Click HERE to download the DNR’s Thin Ice Brochure.
Ice Safety Resources
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a bunch of great information. Visit the following to educate yourself on ice safety:
- General Ice Thickness Guidelines
- Traveling On Ice
- What To Do If You Fall Through The Ice
- Ice Safety Claws
- Vehicle Safety
- How To Help Someone Who Has Fallen Through The Ice