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Posted: 12/10/19 08:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just happened in NH this week.


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Springtime is just as bad. There are always guys who just have to get that last fishing trip in, and end up stranded on an iceberg floating in Lake Huron.


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Deb and Ed M wrote:

We live on a large lake in Michigan - if people could see the stuff we've seen, they would never drive a vehicle on the ice. Our lake has several depths - one side freezes a lot faster than the other, so 4" of ice can taper off to 1/2" and you can't tell. Or springs can cause thin ice. Or bubblers. Or waterfowl - I watched a flock of geese keep a large hole open for almost a week, before they left. And of course it's always shifting/cracking/groaning - making for weak spots. We lose a few cars and snowmobiles each year - in addition to ruining the vehicle, the daily fine imposed for polluting our lake with petroleum is hefty, and getting the vehicle out (if it can be done at all) is difficult.


I always loved it when there is a sudden, deep, and prolonged cold spell. Ice is clear, and at night the cracking of the ice was eerie and fascinating to hear.

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We learned our lesson before anybody got hurt thank goodness. We were running snowmobiles on the lake and had a river of water follow us everywhere. Managed to get five machines stuck but everybody got off safely. However, every year somebody gets killed falling through the ice or by avalanches.

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I've walked on ice a foot thick and clear as glass. Very, very spooky

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That kind of fishing danger is for people who can handle a lot more cold than I. My ice-fishing shack will be on pontoons, and have 4 heaters. The front and rear outboard motors would look like midget snowmobiles.


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Driving on ice is scary. I don't do it.


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Even in the dead of winter going on the ice is a risk. You better know the lake very well. In northern Michigan the lake I grew up on had a current near a dam on the lake. Even in the coldest of winters it was not save to drive a vehicle or even a snowmobile anywhere near the dam. Have seen many people go in the lake during the winter as they did not now that this area never froze.

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My father use to deliver sand to cottages, to make or fix a beach, on a couple local lakes where the only access was by water. in the 80's was the last time I used a tractor to clean the ice for the kids to skate. Just like everything else, Ice ain't what it use to be.





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Just because the ice is relatively flat on the top doesn't mean it's flat (at all) on the bottom.

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