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Lake surfaces in our area are not yet safe for foot or vehicle traffic

Web posted November 27, 2018
Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl would like to remind everyone that the lake surfaces in our area are not yet safe for foot or vehicle traffic. The temperatures have not been cold enough for an adequate amount of ice to form. Do not rely on a cell phone to call for help if you end up in the water, cell phones will often not work once they are submerged in water. If you venture out on thin ice, you are endangering yourself and the lives of the rescuers who are called to assist you.

The Minnesota DNR does have recommended ice thickness guidelines that should be followed.

General ice thickness guidelines For New, Clear Ice Only
2" or less - STAY OFF
4" - Ice fishing or other activities on foot
5" - Snowmobile or ATV
8" - 12" - Car or small pickup
12" - 15" - Medium truck

Remember that these thicknesses are merely guidelines for new, clear, solid ice. Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe.

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