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Ice strength on the lake

Ice strength on the lake

Stepping onto frozen lakes is always risky. The strength of the ice cover depends on many factors. New, fresh ice is usually called black ice and it is stronger than old ice (gray ice or snow ice). Gray ice or snow ice can have up to 50% less strength compared to black ice. The following data is for fresh, crystalline ice (black ice): The minimum thickness of ice on which you can fish is 10 cm
The 12 cm thick ice is safe for snowmobiles, motorbikes and iceboats
20 - 30 cm thick ice holds cars
Ice with a thickness of 30 - 38 cm holds off-road vehicles and small buses

Black ice in waters with water currents can have up to 20% less strength.

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