Tips for staying safe on early ice in North Dakota


January 29, 2024

Outdoor enthusiasts need to be aware of early ice conditions before traveling onto and across North Dakota waters.

A few reminders include:

• Edges firm up faster than farther out from shore.

• Snow insulates ice, which in turn inhibits solid ice formation, hiding cracks, weak and open water areas.

• Ice can form overnight, causing unstable conditions. Ice thickness is not consistent, as...

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