Working on thin ice.

General ice thickness guidelines

Image Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources



According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources if new clear ice is less than 2″ – STAY OFF.  If it’s 4″ ice fishing or other foot activities are OK.  It needs to be 5″ for snowmobile or ATV.  8″-12″ is required for car or small pickup and 12″-15″ for a medium truck.

And if the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources doesn’t have something valuable to say about the topic of ice safety, I don’t know who would.

Check out the General Ice Thickness Guidelines for complete details including how to measure ice thickness using an ice auger, cordless drill or tape measure.

-Bill carries 1,000’s of snowblower parts for brands such as Honda, MTD, Murray, Snapper, and Toro. Search for snowblower parts.

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Bill is the head of content creation for the LawnMowerPros Blog and DIY section. He’s been in the Outdoor Power Equipment Industry for years and he’s still learning new things everyday. You can often find him creating featured articles, DIY guides, videos, graphics and much more.