With the winter season approaching, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl reminds those in the area that the lakes in the Brainerd area are not yet safe for foot or vehicle traffic.
The temperatures have not been cold enough for an adequate amount of ice to form, according to Dahl.
If you venture out on thin ice, you are endangering yourself and the lives of rescuers who are called to assist you, Dahl added.
The DNR recommends the following ice thickness guidelines should be followed:
For new, clear ice only:
• Two inches or less, stay off.
• Four inches, ice fishing or other activities on food.
• Five inches, snowmobile or ATV.
• Eight to 12 inches, car or small pickup.
• 12 to 15 inches, medium truck.
Remember that these thicknesses are merely guidelines for new, clear, solid ice, Dahl said. Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe.