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well, consider that ice is never "Safe".. but here are the guidelines that the MN Dnr uses..


For new, clear ice only

2" or less - STAY OFF

4" - Ice fishing or other activities on foot

5" - Snowmobile or ATV

8" - 12" - Car or small pickup

12" - 15" - Medium truck

Note: these guidelines are for new, clear solid ice.

Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe.

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your going to get so many replies to this post... i have seen people pulling houses like that out with full size pickups on 12". I wouldn't, but they were.

If your not comfortable (and i would guess you aren't since you are asking) i would wait a few more days.

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Deitz is spot on for the recommendations. However, for myself, I add about 4 inches to the recommendations. I don't take chances out there, too costly and no fish is worth it.

That size house, I'd like to have around 14-16" to head out. Since I got a wheeler I rarely drive a vehicle out. I'd rather take my chances with a $1000 wheeler than my truck.

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