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Is the Ice Safe?

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by in Jan 2012
Is the Ice Safe?
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According to the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, a minimum of 4 to 6 inches of solid, bluish-black ice should be present before individual foot travel across a frozen body of water is considered safe, and 8 to 10 inches of solid, bluish-black ice is recommended for snowmobile or ATV travel. And all ice is not created equal: Ice that has thawed and refrozen multiple times may be weaker than its thickness suggests. That can happen anywhere, but it’s most common in areas with moving water.

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Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.


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