Minnesota Lake Ice In Dates


Please note: lake ice-in dates for the current year will not be posted in real time due to safety concerns, and because the ice cover may not be permanent for the season.

The DNR does not measure ice thickness on Minnesota lakes. Your safety is your responsibility. Check ice thickness as you go.

Ice is never 100% safe!

Ice in dates should not be used to track ice thickness for recreational use. Ice conditions can change rapidly and should be checked frequently. Review ice safety tips.

Lake ice in map


Definition of lake ice in

The definition of lake ice in can vary from lake to lake. For the citizen observers reporting data, ice in occurs when the entire lake is frozen over and the ice cover remains through winter. Observers do not report ice thickness.

Frequency of updates

The map is not updated in real time. Updates to the lake ice in map are made as information is available.

Become a Citizen Observer

Post the date, lake name and county to the Minnesota DNR Climate Office Facebook page.

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