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Ice conditions vary across the state and the Maine Warden Service is urging everyone to check the ice before heading out onto any of Maine’s lakes, ponds and rivers.

Maine Warden Service Colonel Dan Scott said:

Ice conditions on many of Maine’s larger lakes are still unsafe, and even though smaller ponds may have ice, we are urging everyone to check the ice before heading out. There are waters with areas of safe ice, but ice conditions can vary even on the same body of water, so best practice is to bring along an ice chisel or some means of testing the depth of the ice and check it frequently as you walk to your location. Use extreme caution especially if you plan to bring a snowmobile or ATV onto the ice. Not only does the added weight of the machine require thicker ice, but your increased speed causes you to move from safe to unsafe ice much more rapidly.

For more information on ice safety, and a short video showcasing how to safely check the thickness of the ice, please visit mefishwildlife.com/icesafety.

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