Fishing and Boating Season!

Winter 2020

We at WWUMN love to enjoy the outdoors. Just remember to be responsible. With the fishing and boating season upon us, keeping yourself and your families safe is a priority, always wear your life jackets and don’t drink and boat. Alcohol is involved in about 30 percent of fatal boat accidents in Minnesota. Drunk boating is drunk driving — designate a sober ride on the water and on the road.

What if you fall in?

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What if you fall in?

Step-by-step instructions for self-rescue 

Created by the Minnesota DNR and KARE11

What should you do if you fall through the ice? First, try not to panic. This may be easier said than done unless you have worked out a survival plan in advance. Read through these steps so that you can be prepared.

  1. Don’t remove your winter clothing. Heavy clothes won’t drag you down but instead can trap air to provide warmth and flotation. This is especially true with a snowmobile suit.
  2. Turn toward the direction you came. That’s probably the strongest ice.
  3. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface. This is where a pair of nails, sharpened screwdrivers or ice picks come in handy in
    providing the extra traction you need to pull yourself up onto the ice.
  4. Kick your feet and dig in your ice picks to work your way back onto the solid ice. If your clothes have trapped a lot of water, you may have to lift yourself partially out of the water on your elbows to let the water drain before starting forward.
  5. Lie flat on the ice once you are out and roll away from the hole to keep your weight spread out. This may help prevent you from breaking through again.
  6. Get to a warm, dry, sheltered area and re-warm yourself immediately. In moderate to severe cases of cold water hypothermia, you must seek medical attention. Cold blood trapped in your extremities can come rushing back to your heart after you begin to re-warm. The shock of the
    chilled blood may cause ventricular fibrillation leading to a heart attack and death!

When is ice safe?

Winter 2020

There really is no sure answer. You can’t judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Strength is based on all these factors — plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and local climatic conditions.


snow machine on iceThere is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice.

The DNR does not measure ice thickness on Minnesota lakes. Your safety is your responsibility. Check ice thickness at least every 150 feet

Arbor Month—May 2019—Plant Trees For Clean Water

May 2019

Everything from tree roots to leaves plays a role in keeping our water in lakes, rivers, and aquifers clean. This is important because 75 percent of Minnesotans get their drinking water from the forested parts of the state.

Ice Shelter Licenses

December 20, 2018

If your shelter doesn’t collapse, fold or disassemble for transportation, it needs a shelter license. Unattended portable shelters also need a license. Get the details.

Pressure Ridge Dangers

December 20, 2018

Extremely thin and weak ice is the result of a pressure ridge forming. This can happen on any body of water at any time during the ice season. Lives have been lost when traveling on ice that does not support the weight of your vehicle. Check ice recommendations.

Time for Turkey

December 20, 2018

If you want to hunt wild turkey in the spring of 2019, apply for your spring hunting permit by Friday, Jan. 25. Turkey lottery applications can be purchased online or by phone at 888-665-4236.

Hunters: Make safety the priority

Oct. 1

Safety in the field begins with treating every firearm as if it’s loaded, being sure of your target and what’s beyond it, and controlling the muzzle of your firearm at all times. Make sure you have the proper certification

Fall Color Finder

Oct. 1

Ready to chase the fall colors across Minnesota? Find the peak colors, share your photos, and find fall events with our fall color finder

Prepare for pheasant season

Oct. 13

Get ready to go out in the grass for pheasant hunting. Find out where to hunt, review our hunting tips and know the rules. Pheasant season starts on Oct. 13.