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The ice looks thick enough, but danger lies underneath

Access to Lake Minnetonka at Wayzata Beach closed

February 09, 2019 - 7:28 am

It may be cold enough to create thick ice on Minnesota waterways, but authorities have closed off access to Lake Minnetonka at Wayzata Beach.  

That's because a dangerous pressure ridge at the access makes the ice there unsafe.  

Officials with the Hennepin County sheriff's office say an alternative access onto Wayzata Bay exists at Arlington Circle, near the Wayzata Beach Club.

Pedestrians and participants in Saturday's Chilly Open accessed the lake at Wayzata Beach by walking on a specific marked path around the pressure ridge.

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The warning comes as many areas of near-open water around that pressure ridge are covered with snow, which obscures the dangerous sections.  

From the Hennepin County sheriff's office, here are some ice safety tips to keep in mind before venturing onto the ice:

  • Always have a safety plan before going onto ice in the winter.
  • Check with local bait shops for ice thicknesses.
  • Let people know where you are going and when you will be home.
  • Wear a life jacket even in the winter.
  • Carry a set of ice picks in an easy-to-reach location in case you do fall through the ice.

Anyone wanting to go out on the lake are encouraged to take precautions, and are also reminded that no ice on lakes is 100% safe.

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