A daily journal concerning Lake Vermilion and surrounding areas.
Selected real estate, notes, stories, musings, and anecdotes.

January 18, 2006

Thin iceOn Thin Ice.

You know what they say about assumptions.

When it comes to ice and it’s ability to carry us as a load, our assumption is that our personal safety is not at risk. Now that’s a State Fair quality assumption!

The Minnesota Department of Resources sums up their attitude towards lake ice with this definitive statement, “There is no such thing as 100% safe ice”.

I was reminded of this issue the other day when I experienced in the first person an ice layer that was not as safe as assumed. Thankfully, no one got wet and no one got hurt. But there it was… a fresh breach in the assumed safe ice surface. A hole that was not there until after I made it. In the middle of the lake. On safe ice.

Be careful.


  1. No one got hurt – but is your truck down there? It looks like a truck-sized hole!

    Comment by Nancy — January 18, 2006 @ 6:12 pm

  2. My first bonifide comment! That’s a snowmobile size hole. And no snowmobiles were hurt either. Thanks for your concern, sis!

    Comment by Bill — January 19, 2006 @ 10:27 am

  3. Bill Where you on a staked trail?

    Comment by Raymond — January 19, 2006 @ 1:02 pm

  4. This was not on a staked trail. It is near the mouth of Norwegian Bay. The marginal ice may have been above a submerged rock pile. I was moving very slow and the back end of the machine broke through.

    Comment by Bill — January 19, 2006 @ 2:23 pm

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