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What does the ice look like on Osakis for foot traffic I’m planning a trip over there this Saturday?

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I haven't been out yet but drove by the lake this afternoon. Saw one darkhouse near the city beach area. No other indication of people being out. I did not check the ice myself either. I heard there's been some activity up in the Manthey's bay area but haven't confirmed it. 

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IceHawk

Thanks BOB T and  MIke 89  Heading up Thursday to Big O will give a report when I get back.

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Well spent the morning up there 6 inches of good ice pretty much throughout Mantheys bay. Fished a few different areas in the bay and found consistent ice. Did find a little skinnier ice 5-6 around the battle point area. No shortage of anglers walking out and fishing . Felt great to be back on my favorite winter lake!😀😀😀

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How did the south end of the lake look? I’m not familiar with any of the bay or area names?

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Went out of the boat launch on the south shore 5-7” of good clear ice everywhere I went. Lot of snowmobile and ATV traffic. 

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Todd County Minnesota Sheriff's Office

11 h  · 

On December 26th at 8:12 pm, Deputies responded to a ATV and trailer that went through the ice on Lake Osakis near Battle Point. No injuries were reported and the ATV has been removed from the lake.

A large heave/crack has developed west of Battle Point causing some areas to be unsafe. We have temporarily marked the area with signs. As always, use caution when traveling on area lakes.

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IceHawk

Saw this coming surprised with the amount of vehicles parking on the ice of the N access in Manthy's bay they haven't had any issues there yet!

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I couldn't believe the guts or foolishness some people have. A week ago yesterday, Saturday, I was on Osakis on Manthey's Bay. I had been fishing on another local lake so I knew about what to expect for ice thickness and quality but what really caught me by surprise was to see a side-by-side coming off the lake. I don't think people realize the weight these machines have. Most are in the 1,700 lb. and higher range and it is not recommended to be on the ice unless there is 8"-10" of clear solid ice. I measured the ice in my holes and it was barely 7" of clear ice. Put a side-by-side on the ice along with the perforation that was going on and the tonnage of people, ATV's, and other gear and it is a recipe for a bath. 

 

Haven't been out there since but I would expect the ice to be getting better with the colder temps we've been having. 

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IceHawk

BoBT Spend alot of time up on that lake in the winter maybe someday Ill run into you up there. 

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truck in the water just off battle point yesterday or Saturday..  still working on gettin it out.. 30 ft of water;  all safe, and it was someone from Osakis..  should have know better

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IceHawk

Pressure ridge going out from battle point there crossing that and falling through. ATV Went through on Pearl also. Need a swan season that's wha'ts kept these thin areas open so long and now they are glazed over. 

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16 hours ago, Mike89 said:

truck in the water just off battle point yesterday or Saturday..  still working on gettin it out.. 30 ft of water;  all safe, and it was someone from Osakis..  should have know better

Isn't it typical for a pressure ridge to appear in that area each year? I know there is one that seems to appear every year from about Linwood Resort across to the Yate's Point area. 

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yup, and he was from Osakis I hear...  Battle pt is always a place to watch..

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