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Recognizing different kinds of ice

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Listen to this extended version radio story about dealing with ice. (MP3 download)

When you have a pond on your acreage, the fun doesn't have to stop when the temperatures drop. Ice fishing, skating, and even a friendly game of hockey are all great ways to spend time with your family outdoors in the winter. But even if the weather has been cold, that doesn't necessarily mean the ice on your pond is safe. There are several ways to determine whether it's safe to go out on the ice, including spot drilling and examining the ice color and structure. Once you've done a thorough check, bundle up, lace up your skates, and have fun!

Radio interview source: Mick Klemesrud, spokesman, Iowa DNR

Here are more resources for having fun and staying safe on the ice:

Ice safety: This fact sheet from Ohio State University Extension includes a handy table that compares different types of ice by color, details the pros and cons of each, and gives them a safety rating.

Everything you need to know about ice fishing: The ice-fishing experts at the Wisconsin DNR share tips and tricks for reeling in the lunkers all winter long. Learn about the equipment you'll need, and watch a video of ice-fishing action.

Ice skating safety: Sudden temperature swings can make for dangerous conditions out on the ice. Learn how to keep your family safe.

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