Remember the dangers of snow cover and ice when you venture out onto North Dakota rivers and lakes this winter.
As seen during the winter of 2010-2011, an early insulating snow pack slows the rate of ice growth on area lakes and rivers which may cause thin ice well into the winter months.
Use caution as snow can mask cracks or weak spots in the ice, such as in the vicinity of springs.
Always carry an ice chisel to test the ice before you go out onto it and be sure to have ice picks or a set of screw drivers that you can use to pull yourself out in case you go through the ice.
Always pay attention to thin ice signs, posted by law enforcement.
Do not drive on the ice when uncertain of ice conditions, or at night or when it is snowing as you can become easily disoriented and drive on a portion of the lake you did not intend to go. WHEN IN DOUBT....DON'T GO OUT!!!!!For a free ice safety brochure, click here.