Ice is Here, DNR Says to Take Caution

Brandon Weathers
Updated: November 19, 2018 08:06 PM

A stretch of well below average temperatures has lead to very quick and early development of ice. While people may be eager to head out on the ice, the DNR says we need to take extra caution with ice this early in the season.

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National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Moore explained, “it’s important to recognize that while we have had some very cold nights, we are still going to see a few days where temperatures will get above freezing, and we will get some sunshine. So it’s very important to, if you’re going out on the lake, to be sure to be very safe and be very cautious with this early ice.”

The DNR has recommendations of how deep the ice needs to be for certain activities. They suggest at least 4 inches of depth for walking, 5 to 7 inches for ATVs and snow mobiles, 8 to 12 inches for cars, and 12 to 15 inches for trucks.

However, ice isn’t uniform, and the depth can suddenly change. This is unexpected change in depth is even more of a concern with early developed ice because of the potential for warm days ahead.

Minnesota DNR conservation officer Leah Kampa warns, “ice is never 100% safe.” That is why the organization stresses caution with vehicles on the ice. 

According to the DNR, there have been 16 ice related fatalities in Minnesota since the 2013-2014 season. Of those, 10 involved ATV/UTVs or snow mobilies, and 3 were on foot.


Brandon Weathers

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