Ice safety reminders from the Maine Warden Service

Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 4:33 PM EST
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Arron Rideout of the Maine Warden Service joins TV5 to talk about how this winter has impacted ice quality and how to stay safe when partaking in activities on the ice.

Ice Safety Reminders from the Maine Warden Service

“Thick and blue, tried and true. Thin and crispy, way too risky.” Winter is here, but is the ice safe? Ice conditions vary across the state, and even across a single water body. The only way to know if the ice is safe is to check for yourself. Here are some important reminders from the Maine Warden Service about checking ice conditions: 🧊 Accessing lakes and ponds should be avoided unless you can be certain of ice conditions by checking ice thickness for yourself. Before stepping out, use a chisel or auger to test ice thickness in several places. 💧 Remember that ice seldom freezes uniformly and conditions are always changing and can vary from one location to the next. Ice that forms over flowing water and currents, especially near streams, bridges, and culverts, can be particularly dangerous. ❄️ Know that a fresh coat of snow can hide potentially hazardous areas – use caution. 🥶 Always have a pair of ice safety picks in an easy to grab spot should you break through. 🎣 Use caution, but have fun! Winter is a wonderful time to recreate outside in Maine. 🧊 Remember it is always best to go out with a partner rather than alone and make sure to leave information with friends or family about your plans for the day and when you plan to return. Learn more at

Posted by Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife on Friday, December 30, 2022