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Weekend warm-up: DNR does not monitor ice; ask locals for local conditions

Contact(s): Joanne Haas, DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement, 608-209-8147; Capt. April Dombrowski, DNR Safety and Outdoor Skills Section,
December 11, 2018

MADISON - It's not January but a thaw is in the works, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conservation wardens urge all outdoor enthusiasts and ice fishers to check with their local shops, fishing clubs and outfitters for local ice conditions before venturing out.

Capt. April Dombrowski of the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement Recreation Safety and Outdoor Skills Section, says early season ice conditions vary greatly from waterbody to waterbody and with these temperature swings. This is why she stresses to all: No ice is safe.

"Since we at the Department of Natural Resources do not monitor ice conditions, we urge all who enjoy the outdoors to first check with local bait shops, fishing clubs, snowmobile clubs and outfitters for those local ice conditions," Dombrowski said. "These are the places locally most likely to have the most current information about the lakes and areas."

Dombrowski says extreme caution is always recommended when the topic is ice. "Even though it may look thick on the surface, moving water from streams, rivers and springs can cause ice to form unevenly."

She offers these tips for anyone considering going on the ice:

Common sense is the greatest ally in preventing ice related incidents. One rule of thumb remains the same. Treat all ice as unsafe.

The DNR also has information on its website about what to do should you fall through the ice and how to make ice claws. Learn more by searching the DNR website,, for "ice safety."

Last Revised: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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