Due to the late start of winter and the recent warm weather and rain, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is advising anglers and others who may want to be on the ice of water bodies to be cautious.
Ice began forming late this year and is not as thick as it typically would be in early February. Large water bodies remain completely open or only have ice in shallow bays, even in the Adirondacks and the surrounding North Country. Recent warm temperatures and rain have further deteriorated ice conditions. Thin ice has melted completely in many places leaving open water around shorelines, in areas of flowing water and other locations where ice was present a week ago. Open water around inlets and near boathouses and docks has expanded.
Anyone planning to recreate on ice covered ponds and lakes should take the following precautions:
Additional information regarding ice safety can be found on DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7733.html#safety.