Written by Andrea Parrott
- 2" or less - Stay off
- 4" - Ice fishing or other activities on foot
- 5" - Snowmobile or ATV
- 8" - 12" - Car or small pickup
- 12" - 15" - Medium truck
Double these guidelines for white ice, also known as "snow ice."
According to the Minnesota DNR, the recent snowfall may cover thin ice.
“We are urging everyone to think twice before going out on the ice right now,” Kara Owens, DNR boating and water safety specialist, is quoted in a recent Minnesota DNR news release. “We know Minnesotans are eager to get out and enjoy the snow, but everyone needs to keep in mind the ice on your lake may not be safe.”
Residents should also exercise special caution on lakes with aeration systems, says the Minnesota DNR and the Dakota County Sheriff's Office. Aeration systems can cause areas of thin ice and open water.
The following is the list of aerated lakes in Dakota County from the Minnesota DNR:
Alimagnet, Bald, Blackhawk, Bur Oaks, Carlson, Cliff, East Thomas, Farquar, Fish, Gun Club, Hay, Heine, Holland, Isabelle, LeMay, Manor, Marion, McDonough, Pickerel, Rebecca [Hastings], Roger’s, Schwanz, Thomas (Eagan), Thompson.