DNR urges caution when venturing out on frozen lakes, rivers, ponds
With several days of temperatures hovering above and below freezing, 32°F, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding everyone not to let their guard down when traveling out on a frozen lake, river or pond.
With days of warmer than normal temperatures, it doesn’t take long to make the ice brittle, said Kara Owens, DNR boat and water safety specialist.
“Anglers or snowmobilers might be safe in one spot one day, but might fall through in the same place the very next day,” sher said.
There have been no ice-related deaths in Minnesota so far this winter. Last winter, four people died after falling through the ice.
“We want people to get out and enjoy our weather, but remember ice is never 100 percent safe,” Owens said. “Don’t put yourself or someone else in danger by going out on thin ice. No fish is worth your life.”
DNR clear ice minimum thickness recommendations are:
4 inches for walking; 5 inches for a snowmobile or ATV; 8 to 12 inches for a car, and 12 to 15 inches for a medium-sized truck.
Owens added that when the temperature rises above freezing for six hours during a 24-hour period, people should double the recommended minimum ice thicknesses. If temperatures rise above freezing for 24 hours or more, they should stay off the ice.
Owens recommends that anyone heading out on the ice should wear a life jacket, carry a set of ice picks, check with a local bait shop or resort about ice conditions and measure the ice.