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a truck went thrugh the ice on lake zumbrow yesterday 02/10/04 so wach where you drive
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Mike....Which end of the lake? Heads up people...I have always maintained that Lake Zumbro ice is never "safe". I do not drive on the lake anywhere, but the southern end in the vacinity of Fisherman's Inn has been trouble for many in past years...even to those on sleds. I know personally a couple who have gone thru in this area sledding in the last few years and they say it's not the least bit fun. You need to use caution if you are going to drive on the lake...and keep a door open!

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magicstix

tom or mike or anyone else , at ponderosa there is a sign on the big tree [no parking,fishing or swimming]. what does this pertain to, the boat launch itself? can one park in the lot and walk onto the ice? isn't that the public access area or launch?

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Magic... That is a privately owned access. The public access at that end of the lake is back by the campground office. You can drive out from the Ponderosa- everyone else does and have for years. I'll bet that if you went in and asked permission to park there to go ice fishing you'd get the nod. They are mostly concerned with parking in the warm months. There is some very good fishing to be had straight across the lake from the Ponderosa. Give the place a call in the early evening and ask to speak with a manager about parking or drive down and have a meal there and ask...the food is great!

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