From Ontario Conservation Officers Association

Ice Safety tips:

  • Check ice thickness and conditions frequently
  • Clear ice should be a minimum of 10cm (4”) for walking and ice fishing, 12cm (5”) for one
    snowmobile or ATV, 20-30cm (8-12”) for a car or small pickup, 30-38cm (12-15”) for a medium truck
    (source: Lifesaving Society)
  • Fish with a buddy
  • Be prepared for an emergency – wear ice picks or a floater/survival suit, and have a whistle and
    cell phone on hand
  • Let someone know where you will be and when you plan to return. This should include where your
    vehicle will be parked, what route you plan to take and any stops you plan to make
  • Stay off rivers and away from locks, where ice is less stable. Ice conditions in areas of moving
    water or spring fed lakes can be unsafe at any time, ensure the ice is safe before venturing out.