By Chris Schultz Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake Herald, Minn. December 1, 1997
Danger: thin ice
Although small fish houses are dotting a few of our area lakes, the ice across our area and through much of Minnesota is still too thin to safely support people.
Several cases of people going through the ice have already been reported, and one angler who attempted to drive his pickup out on a lake near Perham also broke though the ice.
The angler was not injured, but it did cost him approximately $7,000 to get his truck removed form the bottom of the lake.
We should all be very cautious when around ice, and remember that ice, especially early ice, can vary in thickness and consistency from one spot to the next.
In one area, there may be four to six inches of good ice, and only a few feet over the ice may be only two inches thick.
Minimum thickness standards recommended by the DNR are:
- Four inches for walking and ice fishing.
- Five inches for snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles.
- Eight to 12 inches for a car or small pickup truck.
- Twelve to 15 inches for a medium sized truck.
Although the DNR offers these standards, it also warns that ice, under any conditions, is never safe.
DNR to host meetings on proposals for Luce Line Trail
Proposals for future development and management of the Luce Line State Trail will be the subject of three Department of Natural Resources public meetings in early December:
- Tuesday, Dec. 9, 7-9:30 p.m. at Central Middle School small cafeteria, 305 Vicksburg Lane, Plymouth (former Wayzata High School).
- Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7-9:30 p.m. at the McLeod County Heritage Center, Hutchinson.
- Thursday, Dec, 11, 7-9:30 p.m. at the Watertown Community Center, Room B.
The purpose of the meetings is to discuss proposals for future development and management of the Luce Line State Trail. Once finalized, these proposals will be included in an updated master plan for the trail. Proposals were developed based on consultation with trail users at public workshops, meetings with community officials and trail user groups, and responses from a survey of adjoining landowners and Luce Line Trail Association members.
"Before the proposals are finalized, we need feedback and discussion with everyone interested in the future of the Luce Line," said Gregg Soupir, DNR Trails and Waterways area supervisor.
Complete copies of the draft plan, which contain a detailed resource inventory section and a more detailed discussion of the development and management recommendations, are available at public libraries in Plymouth, Wayzata, Long Lake, Maple Plain, Watertown, Winsted, Hutchinson and Cosmos.
People may also obtain a copy of the summary of proposals or the complete draft plan from Barbara Burgum, (612) 296-6693, DNR Trails and Waterways Unit, Box 52, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4052.
Contact the DNR with comments by Jan. 2. A final version of the master plan will be developed based on feedback received during the comment period.
View summary of Luce Line Trail development and management proposals