RIDING ON STAR LAKE
NO ICE IS SAFE ICE
- Ice crossings is at the risk of the rider. A VAST trail reroute around Star Lake has been provided. Please follow the trail markers.
- Many ice drownings involve children. When your child is near ice, you should be near your child.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages when you're on the ice. They can make you feel colder and slow down your reaction time in case of an ice emergency.
- Carry two large nails to use as ice picks to pull yourself out if you fall through thin ice.
- Never drive on the ice at night.
- Avoid pressure ridges and areas with current if you do choose to drive on the ice.
- Drive with your windows down and doors partially open to avoid becoming trapped if your car breaks through.
When is ice safe? There really is no sure answer. You can’t judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Strength is based on all these factors -- plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and local climatic conditions.
There is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice!