Ice Fishing Access
Ice fishing is a popular winter activity and anglers need access to the popular ice fishing waters across the state. Throughout the winter, weekly snow removal will be conducted at the sites listed below. When snow conditions persist, GFP will attempt to clear snow prior to noon each Friday. Because South Dakota's weather and winds are unpredictable, access cannot be guaranteed throughout the week. Vehicle travel on the lake will be dictated by snow and ice conditions.
Ice anglers should be cognizant of ice depths before venturing onto any frozen body of water. Water movement, vegetation and snow cover will cause ice thicknesses to be extremely variable, especially during the early part of the winter. Like all outdoor activities, however, ice anglers must assume personal responsibility for their own safety.
Ice-Thickness Guidelines for Anglers
- Less than four inches of ice - Stay off!
- Four to six inches - Ice fishing via foot travel in single-file lines should be safe, assuming the ice is clear and clean of snow.
- Six to 12 inches - Snowmobiles and ATVs can travel safely on good ice that is at least six inches thick.
- Twelve to 16 inches - Small cars and pickups can venture onto the ice once it is a foot or more thick. However, anglers are generally encouraged to avoid driving on ice that is less than 16 inches thick.
- More than 16 inches - Generally, a medium-sized car or mid-sized pickup can travel safely on good, clear, solid ice.