Looking out on the lakes in our area, you can see ice is starting to form. But that doesn't mean it's thick enough to venture out onto.
DNR officials will never say the ice is thick enough to go out on, but recommend if you take the risk, the ice is at least four inches thick.
They say it will take a long stretch of cold days and nights before it gets to that point. "Don't be in a hurry to get on the ice or be the first one out there, wait for it to get could enough for a long enough period of time for the ice to get thick enough so you are safe," said DNR Warden Matthew Modjeski.
The warden recommends wearing a floatation device and using the buddy system. If you have to go alone, let people know where you are and when you'll be back.