Ice Fishing can be a very fun outdoor activity, especially when done safely. Simple things can be done to have a fun, safe outing. For example, if there is snow on the ice, look for footprints from others. This is an easy indicator that the ice is safe for walking.
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
Note: These guidelines are for new, clear solid ice.
Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe.
White ice or "snow ice" is only about half as strong as new clear ice. Double the above thickness guidelines when traveling on white ice.
What if someone else falls through and you are the only one around to help?
If the situation is too dangerous for you to perform the rescue, call 911 for help and keep reassuring the victim that help is on the way and urge them to fight to survive. Heroics by well‑meaning but untrained rescuers sometimes result in two deaths.
The following guidelines can help you make wise choices...
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