With freezing temperatures upon us, we want to remind you that there is no ice that is safe ice! Always practice extreme caution when fishing, walking, snowmobiling, or skating on frozen ponds or water bodies. Always tell someone if you are going out on the ice. If the ice thickness is 2" or less - stay off the ice.
A few tips to help keep you safe:
- New ice is stronger than old ice. Four inches of clear, newly formed ice may support one person on foot, while a foot or more of old, partially thawed ice may not.
- Ice doesn't freeze uniformly. Continue to check ice conditions frequently as you venture out onto the ice.
- Avoid traveling onto ice-bound rivers and streams, as the currents make ice thickness unpredictable. Many lakes and ponds may contain spring holes and other areas of currents that can create deceptively dangerous thin spots.