How Thick Should Lake Ice Be So I Can Drive on It?
One of the best things about living in Vermont is the winter season. There is skiing, snowmobiling, and of course ice fishing. Many people who ice fish love driving their vehicle on the ice to their favorite fishing spot. That can be disastrous if you are not careful. Luckily, we are sharing a guide to help you determine if that ice is thick enough!
Ice Thickness for Safe Walking and Ice Fishing
In order to safely walk on ice or enjoy some ice fishing, the ice needs to be at least 4 inches thick when it is clear and new ice. Old white ice will need to be twice as thick (8 inches).
Ice Thickness for Safe Driving
The amount of thickness you need depends on the type of vehicle you drive. If you have a smaller crossover (such as a Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, or Chevy Equinox) or a midsize truck like a Chevy Colorado or Toyota Tacoma, the ice will need to be 8 to 12 inches thick (16 to 24 inches for white ice).
Heavier vehicles like full-sized SUVs (Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition, or Toyota Sequoia) or pickup trucks (Chevy Silverado or Ford F-Series) will need 12 to 18 inches of ice (24 to 36 inches for white ice).
Tips for Being on the Ice
Please note that our advice is just a basic guideline and you should always use extreme caution when driving or walking on a frozen body of water – and ice thickness can drastically vary in a small area. Before heading out on the ice, find out from locals how safe it is, and always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
Happy Fishing and Stay Safe!