The Lake Staff will be closely monitoring the ice thickness and the condition of the ice during the winter season. Ice fishing and skating on the lake will only be permitted once management determines that the ice is safe and the DANGER THIN ICE signs have been removed.
Ice doesn’t form uniformly over the lake and is rarely the same thickness over its entire surface. Just because the ice appears safe in one area doesn’t mean that all ice on the lake is safe. There are many factors that affect ice thickness. Some factors affecting ice thickness are:
Ice forms more quickly over shallow water than over deeper water, making ice thinner as you move away from the shoreline.
Snow acts as an insulator. Ice under snow is generally thinner and weaker than ice without snow.
A thicker snow cover acts as a better insulator than a thinner layer of snow.
As snow builds up (naturally or piled up) on the ice and air temperature fluctuates, cracks can form and allow for thinning of ice due to water movement through the crack.
If you notice any odd looking ice, holes in the ice, steam rising from the ice or wet areas on the lake ice, stay clear and please contact lake staff immediately!
Click below for more information on ice safety and frequently asked questions.