"Can I Walk On That Ice?"

As the temperatures drop, many are eager to get out there for some adventures on the ice. The Wyoming Fish and Game Department has some advice for making sure we're all safe out there for ice fishing or any other activity that may take you on frozen water. 1- Ice should be at least 4 inches thick. 2- Check the thickness every 100-150 feet; use an ice auger to drill a hole in the ice and check its thickness with a tape measure. 3- Avoid fissures in the ice and significant sized cracks that can emerge in a lake. 4- Clear ice is stronger than cloudy or white ice; cloudy or white indicates the water has frozen, thawed, and refrozen or could be from bubbles, all which cause weakness in the ice. 5- If walking on white ice, make sure it is 8 inches thick. 6- Fluctuating water levels in reservoirs and even wind can impact ice conditions. 7- Don't drive any vehicle on any frozen water surface. 8- Never adventure on the ice alone. 9- Always carry an ice pick, a flotation device, an extra set of clothes, and warm liquids. 10- Bring a cell phone or some other way to call for help if needed. #reboot #news