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NotoriousBLM

Dickies ice conditions

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NotoriousBLM

You might want to call Dickies and area resorts to check ice thickness. Mille Lacs is a huge lake, and the ice thickness will vary over the entire surface. Even when it is very very cold, and the ice is 30" thick, there aren't any signs that will say the ice is 100% safe. While the temps are supposed to be high over the next couple of days, it's unlikely that the ice will change too much. Might be some puddles on top of 11" ice during the day, but at night it is still going to get cold enough, albeit not enough to make ice, but none will be lost.

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Just checked and Isle Bay has 12"- 14" of ice as of 01-08-2002. Resorts are pulling out the houses.

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Thanks for the info BLM. I'm new to this stuff. If there is only 11" of ice how do you get out to the rental houses?

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With 11" you will see more than a few people driving out. It is strange driving on "water" the first time you do it, but with 12-14 inches I wouldn't worry too much about it. Stick to the plowed roads and watch for markers. Personally, I'd be driving out this weekend, unless otherwise advised by Dickies. Just remember, the resorts depend on renting ice houses to paying (and hopefully repeat) customers. They can't do that if they sink their shacks and the customers who pay to use them.

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I just checked the weather report for Isle and it shows a high of 46 for today and above 32 through the weekend. Does anyone know if there is enough ice to last through throughout the weekend?

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