Ice Thickness Safety
By angelamontana

Posted: December 5, 2017

With ice fishing season here for some Montanans, ice safety is something that should always be in the front of your mind.  Here’s a reminder of ice thickness recommendations.

Safe loads for clear solid ice are indicated below:









Note that ice strength is influenced by many factors:

  • age – newer black ice is stronger than old milky
  • distance to shore – ice close to shore is weaker than ice farther out
  • river outlets and inlets – ice close to outlets and inlets is weaker
  • obstructions like rocks, trees and plants
  • water currents
  • cover of snow

 This information must only be used as a general guide – KEEP OFF the ice if you are not absolutely sure.

(information via Nodak Outdoors and Farmer’s Almanac and
Feature photo via National Snow and Ice Data
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