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  • Have questions? Call the info center for answers.
  • Get snow depth and trail conditions
  • Summer internships available
  • Ice is never 100 percent safe. Know these ice thickness guidelines for new clear ice.
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Welcome to the Bold North!

Ice fishing, fat biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling. Outdoor recreation doesn't slow down during a Minnesota winter. Plan your Bold North adventure today!


use an ice auger to determine the thickness of ice on a lake

Insulating Effect of Snow

Snow slows the freezing process, shovel any snow before testing for ice thickness. The extra weight of snow reduces how much weight ice can support.


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Does your shelter need a license?

Any ice shelter that doesn't collapse, fold or disassemble for transportation needs a shelter license. Get the details.