As the weather continues to fluctuate from the 40’s to the 20’s, keep in mind that the ice thickness on the three ponds in Ely will be fluctuating with the weather. Ice should be new, clear and over 4 inches thick to walk on, over 5 inches for ice fishing and over 8 inches to ride snowmobiles on. Also keep in mind that ice does not freeze uniformly, one place may be 5 inches and the next be open, so watch closely if you venture out on the ice. For more on ice safety, check out the ice safety video from the Iowa DNR.
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