Get the Facts on Ice Safety

Here are some facts related to ice safety from the Minnesota DNR.

  • New ice is usually stronger than old ice.
  • Four inches of clear, newly-formed ice may support one person on foot, while a foot or more of old, partially-thawed ice may not.
  • Ice seldom freezes uniformly.
  • It may be a foot thick in one location and only an inch or two just a few feet away.
  • Booming and cracking ice isn’t necessarily dangerous.
  • It only means that the ice is expanding and contracting as the temperature changes.