Some safety suggestions for venturing out on ice
November 29, 2004
By Don Quilici
According to a past issue of “The Splash,” the official publication of the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, the following are safety, ice-thickness guidelines to be considered before venturing out.
Remember that currents under the ice and slush on the ice may effect the thickness.
Blue, clear ice is safer than cloudy ice.
One inch of ice: Stay off.
Two to three inches of clear, blue ice: Will support one adult walking.
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Four inches: Needed for safe ice fishing.
Five inches: Needed for snowmobiling.
Eight inches: Needed to support a car or a light truck.
Ten inches: Needed to support a medium-weight truck.
Be careful out there.
When in doubt, don’t go out.