St. Paul The warm weather and snow cover over the last few days have made ice conditions dangerous on area lakes and ponds that froze, the DNR reported late last week.

The recommended minimum ice thickness for new, clear ice is 4
inches for ice fishing, 5 inches for snowmobiles or ATVs, 8 to 12
inches for cars or small pickups, and 12 or more for medium-sized
trucks.

The DNR reminds snowmobilers that most of the state’s 20,000
miles of state trails cross private lands, which are closed to
snowmobiling before Dec. 1. At that time, and when 10 to 12 inches
of snow have been received, trails will be readied for riding.

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