Ice Depths Increase At Izaak Walton Lake, Other Factors Need To Be Determined For Safety Of Activities On A Pond

WAYNE – An update was provided again by the Wayne Izaak Walton League of America on ice depths and safety tips.

According to the release, the ice depths at the Izaak Walton Lake this past weekend ranged between 7-8”.

Walking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing (with or without a car), cross-country skiing, skating and playing sports are dangerous pastimes when you don’t know how to tell if ice is thick enough to withstand weight. No sport undertaken on ice over water bodies is ever without risk. If in doubt, do not go onto the ice; moreover, it never pays to be too early or too late in the season.

Make sure to recognize that determining the safety of ice is dependent on a combination of factors, not on one factor alone. Ice safety is determined by assessing the following factors together: appearance of the ice – its color, texture and features; thickness of the ice – there are recommended thicknesses for different uses; external temperature over a period of time and on the day; snow coverage; depth of water under ice; size of water body; chemical composition of water – whether water is fresh or salt; local climate fluctuations and extent of ice.

More information about the Wayne Izaak Walton Lake can be found by liking Wayne Izaak Walton League on Facebook where you can also find a link relative to “Saving yourself if you fall through the ice”.