- No ice is safe ice.
- At least 4 inches of ice is recommended for safe ice fishing, and 5 inches for snowmobiling.
- If you don’t know, don’t go.
- Wear life jackets or flotation coats.
- Carry ice hooks or rope gear.
At times, bodies of water can appear frozen solid but actually have areas of thin ice, the DNR said in a news release. Flowing water, such as rivers and streams, should be avoided even if covered with a layer of ice.
Every year, people drown after falling through ice, the release said. As a rule of thumb, the DNR said, everyone should behave as if they are “walking on thin ice.”