Ice fishing shelter removal dates approaching
Minnesota’s ice fishing shelter removal dates are fast
approaching. Dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the
ice of inland waters no later than midnight on March 7 in the
southern two-thirds of the state and March 21 in the northern
The March 7 removal deadline applies to waters south of a line
starting at the Minnesota-North Dakota border near Moorhead along
U.S. Highway 10, then east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway
200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along
Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border near Duluth. The March
21 deadline applies to waters north of that line.
For border waters, the shelter removal deadlines are:
· Minnesota – Iowa, Feb. 20
· Minnesota – Wisconsin, March 1
· Minnesota – North Dakota and South Dakota, March 5
· Minnesota – Canada, March 31.
Anglers are advised to remove shelters earlier if ice conditions
Those not removing shelters will be prosecuted. Conservation
officers may remove the structure and confiscate or destroy it. It
is also unlawful to store or leave a shelter at a public
After removal dates, shelters may remain on the ice between
midnight and one hour before sunrise only when occupied or
It is unlawful to improperly dispose of ice fishing shacks
anywhere in the state. Anglers should check with local refuse
providers or landfills for disposal.
According to the DNR, litter is a costly problem that
Minnesotans all end up paying for to keep roadways, parks and
waterways clean. The act of littering not only hurts pocketbooks,
it also causes harm to the environment in many ways.