Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott advises that temperatures above freezing and the recent rains have combined to create unfavorable ice conditions for winter recreational activities at this time.
Therefore, caution is advised when venturing out on the ice.
“Remember there is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice,” Brott said in a news release. “Ice is seldom the same thickness over the entire body of water.”
Ice thickness may be a foot or two in one area, and only an inch or two just yards away due to schools of fish, rotting vegetation, springs and currents.
If you venture out on the ice, it is always a good idea to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. You should always carry a set of ice rescue claws or ice picks for self-rescue in case you break through the ice. Consider wearing a personal flotation device.
Buoyant jacket/pants combinations are also available for activities on the ice.
General ice thickness guidelines for new clear ice are as follows:
•2 inches or less: STAY OFF the ice
•4 inches: ice fishing or other activities on foot
•5 inches: snowmobile or ATV
•8-12 inches: car or small truck
•12 to 15 inches: medium-sized truck
Information on ice safety can be found on the DNR’s website at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/thickness.html.
If you have questions, contact the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office.