If you see snowmobiles, ATVs, ice fishing shanties, cars and even trucks on the ice you can be pretty sure it is safe to let you family head out to go for a walk! So we did.
We bundled up and headed out. The ice was making the most amazing sounds (did put the fear of falling into frozen water into both Chris and I but we knew it was normal so we pressed on!) and there were tracks to follow, big chunks of ice to explore and ice fishing holes to look into .
My camera skills on my new Nikon are still a bit sketchy and in the bright sunlight with bright white snow all around us I could not for the life of me get the manual setting to work so I finally switched to automatic to at least get a couple of shots. Still not great but at least I have something to show for all my hardwork!
Sam loved making tracks in the snow and sliding around on the ice where there was no snow. We also got to watch as an ATV went past us and she thought that was amazing. Polly also had a great time running around the lake!
It was only 17 degrees today so we lasted just over an hour out on the lake and walking on the trails a bit at the park but we will absolutely be going back to the lake again. It was a hit.
The Nitty Gritty!
If you have a lake near you (and it is cold where you live. HA!) I would absolutely recommend checking to see if it is frozen enough to walk on. A general rule of thumb for ice thickness requirements is 4 inches of clear ice (clear ice means no bubbles or snow coverage, both of which can weaken the ice) for a human to walk on, 6 inches of ice for a snowmobile and 8 to 10 inches for cars and light duty trucks. These measurements are for clear ice and relatively still water (not rivers or other areas with currents).
For more ice safety tips head over to the WI DNR.
Hoping we might get the chance to do some ice fishing with Sam and Avery this winter but first I have to meet someone in this area with an ice auger and some fishing gear! Anyone know somebody?