DNR: Be careful of thin ice

With colder temperatures, many people are hoping to get out on the ice to fish.

DNR officials want to warn you to be careful if you do make your way onto the ice.

They say it can sometimes be difficult to tell if ice is safe to walk or drive on, especially on rivers where currents may make the ice thinner in some areas.

Ice that’s 4 to 6 inches thick is typically considering safe to walk on, but the DNR says you shouldn’t drive trucks onto ice that’s less than a foot thick.

They add it’s also a good idea to take some extra supplies in case you do come across thin ice.

“If you’re going to venture out onto the ice, especially this time of year when we just have gotten ice here, you may want to take along a rope, some ice picks just in case you fall through so you can get yourself out,” said DNR Warden Dale Hochhausen.

The DNR says it’s also a good idea to let other people know where you’re going and when you expect to be back.