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If you head out to one of Minnesota’s many lakes or rivers to ice fish, snowmobile, ATV, cross-country ski, or just to enjoy a winter day, we want you to have fun and be safe. A bit of advance planning and practicing basic ice precautions can help you return home safely.
“As we hear reports of people going through the ice around the state, we'd like to remind everyone to be cautious and prepared as they venture out on the frozen water,” said Sheriff Luke Hennen.
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), there really is no sure answer as to when ice is safe. You cannot judge the strength of ice by one factor like its appearance, age, thickness, temperature or whether the ice is covered with snow. Ice strength is based on a combination of several factors, can vary from water body to water body, and in different areas of the same body of water. 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 all factor into determining ice safety in Minnesota.
Please keep these ice safety tips from the MN DNR in mind when you head out on the frozen water:
For more information on ice safety, visit the MN DNR’s website: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html
Image courtesy Minnesota Department Natural Resources