Minnesota DNR urges everyone to check ice thickness before venturing out onto lakes, ponds, streams and rivers

Ice fishing is in full swing in some parts of the state, while in others people are waiting for a string of cool weather to make the ice thick enough to walk on. Lisa Dugan, recreation safety outreach coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division, says ice conditions can change quickly this time of year, and even where there appears to be enough ice it’s vital that people check its thickness often….

The DNR-recommended minimum thickness for walking on new, clear ice is 4 inches. Wait for 5 to 7 inches before you head out on an ATV or snowmobile, and keep your car off until there’s 8 to 12 inches. If you’re planning to drive out in a truck, wait until there’s at least 12 to 15 inches.

For more ice safety tips, Dugan encourages people to visit the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/icesafety