Photo — Courtesy NH Fish & Game
Hidden Danger: Snow Can Disguise Open Water
Last week's snowstorm that dumped over a foot-and-a-half of fresh snow on snowmobile trails is a welcome sight to riders. But March has always been fickle to snowmobilers with warmer days and cold nights creating unsafe conditions when riding on lakes and ponds.
New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department says new snowfall can hide thin ice and open water. Col. Kevin Jordan, a guest on 98.1 WTSN's "Open Mic" on Wednesday, said snowmobilers should never venture onto frozen water unless they're confident of a safe route across the surface.
While Fish and Game doesn't official recommend any safe depths for ice, Jordan said he has his own thresholds when venturing out onto the ice based on his experience.
Jordan also reminded ice fishermen that shanties are required by state law to be removed from frozen lakes and ponds by April 1, but he said that may be too late if we get a stretch of above normal temperatures that thins out the ice.
Listen to the full interview with Jordan here.