Deadline approaching to remove ice structures on MN lakes

March 1st marks the beginning of Meteorological Spring, and another day closer to ice house removal deadlines.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers that if permanent structures are not removed by the deadline, owners may be cited, and structures may be confiscated, removed, or destroyed all together by a conservation officer.

In the southern two-thirds of the state, structures must be off lakes by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 6. For structures on lakes in the northern third of the state, the deadline is 11:59 p.m. on March 20. After the removal date, shelters can remain on the ice between midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied or attended. Storing or leaving shelters on a public access is prohibited.

The DNR reminds everyone that ice is never 100% safe. They suggest outdoor enthusiasts use an auger or ice chisel to test the ice as they venture onto a frozen pond, lake or river.