Wollaston Lake Home & Cottage Association is dedicated to the residents (both permanent and seasonal) who try to perpetuate the pristine environment and crystal waters in and around Wollaston Lake. Any recommendations or ideas that will assist the WLHCA executive committee to protect the environment of Wollaston Lake should be sent to: email@example.com
Lake Ice safety tips
- remember—ice doesn’t freeze at a uniform thickness
- near-shore ice is often much thicker and safer than ice farther out, especially at the start of the winter season
- check thickness regularly with a spud bar or auger as you move farther out
- ice that formed over flowing water, springs, pressure cracks, old ice holes or around the mouths of rivers and streams can be weaker than surrounding ice
- clear blue ice is the strongest
- white or opaque ice is much weaker
- stay away from ice that looks honeycombed, common during thaws or in the spring
Driving on ice
- be careful when driving snowmobiles or vehicles over frozen lakes or rivers
- snowmobiles need at least 20 centimetres (8 inches) of clear blue ice
- light vehicles need 30 centimetres (12 inches) or more
- double the thickness if the ice is white or opaque
- heavy snow on a frozen lake or river slows down the freezing process
Before you venture out
- check ice conditions with local ice hut operators or other anglers
- let others know where you’re planning to fish and when you plan to return
- wear appropriate clothing and equipment for safety and comfort
Source: MNRF Ontario (https://www.ontario.ca/page/ice-fishing#section-5)
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