DECEMBER 6, 2018

Minnesota: DNR Offers Demo on Ice Fishing Safety at Holland Lake Today (Dec. 6) at 11 a.m.

The early ice can be dangerously deceptive. Ice fatalities tend to occur more frequently during early and late season ice. In the last few days, there have been multiple reports of people and vehicles/ice houses breaking through the ice around the state. The DNR is warning people that ice is never 100 percent safe.

DNR officials will demonstrate how to measure ice thickness and provide safety tips for those venturing out onto the ice. By taking some simple safety precautions, unexpected falls through the ice and potential tragedy can be avoided.

Garrett Thomas, DNR conservation officer
Lisa Dugan, DNR recreation safety outreach coordinator

Thursday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.

Holland Lake, part of Lebanon Hills Regional Park – 1100 Cliff Road, Eagan, MN 55123. Parking lot at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Cliff Road in Eagan. Note: There is a set of stairs going down to the waterfront. Use caution, if icy.

No ice can ever be considered “safe ice,” but following these guidelines can help minimize the risk:

  • Always wear a life jacket or float coat on the ice (except when in a vehicle).
  • Carry ice picks, rope, an ice chisel and tape measure.
  • Check ice thickness at regular intervals; conditions can change quickly.
  • Bring a cell phone or personal locator beacon.
  • Don’t go out alone; let someone know about trip plans and expected return time.
  • Before heading out, inquire about conditions and known hazards with local experts.

The minimum ice thickness guidelines for new, clear ice are:

  • 4 inches for ice fishing or other activities on foot.
  • 5-7 inches for a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle.
  • 8-12 inches for a car or small pickup.
  • 12-15 inches for a medium truck.
  • Double these minimums for white or snow-covered ice.


NOTE: Video and sound bites available after 3:30 p.m. in the DNR media room in folder named news release resources, then in folder named “12-05-18 ice safety.”