Welcome to the Lake Ice home page. This site is for skaters, snowmobilers, sailors, fishermen and everyone else who spends time on frozen lakes and ponds.  The site provides a detailed  perspective on how ice behaves and what sorts of hazards you might find.  Most ice users never get into serious trouble but a few people do.  In almost all cases being prepared to avoid hazards or to deal with any hazards you encounter will dramatically reduce the risks of enjoying this winter wonderland.  

5" black ice with a uniform skim of water, December late day sun.

The 'Key Points' page gives a quick overview of the most important ways to help you stay out of trouble. The rest of the site provides a more detailed picture of ice behavior.

 Ice has a complicated range of behaviors and we learn new things about it every year.  As with many recreational endeavors that involve risk, your choice to go out on a frozen lake has to be yours and yours alone (More).