Voyageurs National Park staff urge people to think twice this time of year when getting onto frozen water surfaces.
“When in doubt, stay off the ice,” VNP staff said in a news release issued Thursday.
In addition, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public stay off Upper Red Lake.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/thickness.html has more information about ice thickness and safe travel on ice.
Due to the lack of safe load-bearing ice at this time, all Voyageurs National Park snowmobile and ski trails are closed.
Park staff have started checking ice conditions and found there is not significant ice yet to start staking trails.
This winter season, the most up-to-date information about Voyageurs’ ice and trail conditions will be posted each Wednesday to the park’s Facebook page (VoyageursNPS) and on the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/voya/planyourvisit/winter-ice-and-trail-conditions.htm.
Future winter ice and trail condition press releases will be issued only during major changes in trail conditions.
The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public stay off Upper Red Lake.
Anyone attempting to go onto the ice does so at their own risk, said a news release issued Thursday by Chief Deputy Ernie Beitel.
This warning is due to extremely poor ice conditions that have developed and continue to worsen,” said Beitel. “In the past few days, the warm weather and high winds have caused the ice to break up.”
He noted that photos posted Thursday on the Facebook page of JR’s Corner Access show that the lake has many large areas of open water and what ice is there, is very broken and mostly surrounded by open water.