Ice Fishing on Round Lake ~ Is It Still Safe?

You can see that the ice is melting and refreezing making it very unsafe
You can see that the ice is melting and refreezing making it very unsafe

No Fishing Sign Posted on Round Lake
No Fishing Sign Posted on Round Lake
During my chilly walk down to the lake, I was rather surprised to see a half dozen men ice fishing near the boat launch. It was only a few days ago that four children, weighing much less than these adults, fell through the ice in neighboring Third Lake. Although there has been a sign recently added underneath the No Swimming sign, it went unheeded by these fisherman. I asked one of them how thick the ice was and he replied that it was 4″ thick.

When the article came out regarding the Third Lake incident, it reminded me of an additional article in the same paper that talked about the “type” of ice that was safe, not just the thickness. The article mentioned how thawing and refreezing ice does NOT have the same strength as original ice.

Ice thickness chart showing various requirements for safety
Ice thickness chart showing various requirements for safety

As I walked over the pedestrian bridge it was quite obvious that there were melting areas that these men were surrounded by. I could even hear the hollow sound as several walked around checking their lines. Hopefully all six of them make it back home safe.

Wet spots were apparent from the pedestrian bridge
Wet spots were apparent from the pedestrian bridge

Several Ice Fisherman
Several Ice Fisherman

Let's hope his bucket doesn't fall through the ice
Let's hope his bucket doesn't fall through the ice

They DID reel in several small fish while I was there
They DID reel in several small fish while I was there

I was glad I wasn’t taking photos of another life-saving situation.

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