Here Are General Ice Thickness Safety Guidelines As Winter Approaches


With this being one of the coldest Novembers’ in recent history, we are starting to make ice on our area lakes. Which means ice anglers have the itch to get out and fish, we may want to pump the brakes on that.

For one thing, keep in mind that if you venture out and get trapped, you not only put yourself in danger, but the people who are trying to rescue you as well. It’s pretty obvious that this is going to be a long winter, so the opportunities to ice fish are going to be plentiful this year. Let’s just be smart and use common sense.

According to the Minnesota DNR, ice should never be considered 100 percent safe, and it’s wise to know the general ice thickness safety guidelines:

  • Under 4 inches – stay off
  • 4 inches – Ice fishing or other activities on foot
  • 5-7 inches – Snowmobile or ATV
  • 8-12 inches – Car or small pickup
  • 12-15 inches – Medium truck