Ice Thickness Varies Greatly 07 Jan 12

The record-high temperatures of the past week have the DNR saying that you can never be too cautious when venturing out onto the ice of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and ponds. The unseasonably mild weather has weakened the ice to dangerous levels – and thickness can vary within a very short distance. The DNR’s Rich Sprouse recommends wearing a life jacket at all times on the ice. And he also suggests carrying a pair of ice picks to help pull yourself out if you do break through.