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Old December 21st, 2009, 08:58 PM   #21
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Dunno? I ain't heard about no yetti falling in the lake lately, Have you?
No, but you can't use that theory to determine if ice will hold a car just because it held a yetti, more factors at play....
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Old December 21st, 2009, 09:57 PM   #22
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Are you sure the chart is correct?

Williams Lake has had guys ridding the ice bikes on Thursday which is really crazy. White lake had three guys out ice fishing on Thursday with a portable ice shanty 300-700' from shore. Friday thru Sunday it had up to 10 guys and a guy with quad ice fishing. I seen more than 7 sleds going across the lake yesterday (white lake) so today I had to make a pass across the lake and back on the neighbors sled and I did not hear or see any cracks plus there were people playing ice hockey out there. I don’t think there is more than 4”-5” of ice as of today
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 06:09 AM   #23
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Are you sure the chart is correct?

Williams Lake has had guys ridding the ice bikes on Thursday which is really crazy. White lake had three guys out ice fishing on Thursday with a portable ice shanty 300-700' from shore. Friday thru Sunday it had up to 10 guys and a guy with quad ice fishing. I seen more than 7 sleds going across the lake yesterday (white lake) so today I had to make a pass across the lake and back on the neighbors sled and I did not hear or see any cracks plus there were people playing ice hockey out there. I don’t think there is more than 4”-5” of ice as of today
The chart indicates levels of recommended thickness, not recommended intelligence. Just because it can be done, doesn't mean it should be done.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 06:21 AM   #24
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according to the chart 4-5" is ok for people and sleds
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 07:39 AM   #25
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I too have skipped the safe level for the fun level in my old days. I was on Whitmore and was coming off the launch. there was a bunch of ice bikes I could see from shore. the sled hit the ice and acted kinda boggie, I looked back to see why? I was cutting into the ice! I was leaving strip of water in my wake. I just stayed on the gas till I hit hard ice out where the bikes were. I was looking back after I stopped, I had gone about 200 feet cutting water. the problem was I had to go back that way. so after watching the bikes a bit I took out for shore and made it back without swimming.
I have also been the first out on black ice..that's an eerie feeling.
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here I will find as many charts as I can so you can compare.

http://www.fish.state.pa.us/icesafe.pdf
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 07:57 AM   #27
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http://www.mvp-wc.usace.army.mil/ice/ice_load.html

http://www.nodakoutdoors.com/ice_fishing_safety.php

http://www.outdoorsniagara.com/ice_fishing.htm
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 03:00 PM   #28
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I think someone should take there sled out on Higgins and let me know how much ice is there.

On a side note, you really dont need ice to take your sled across the lake. As long as you dont get your belt wet (or computer on the new ones oops) you can cruise on top of it all day long at 40mph
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