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RDCK reminds public about being safe on ponds, lakes during winter

By Contributor
December 2nd, 2022

Winter has officially arrived in the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK). Outdoor enthusiasts across the region are breaking out their winter gear to get outside and play.

Whether it is skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, skating or just hiking in the snow, winter is a great time of year to enjoy the Kootenays and everything it has to offer.

As great as it is to be outside, residents need to take the necessary precautions to be safe in the elements, especially around lakes and ponds. Whether you are ice fishing or ice skating, it is important to establish when it is safe for use.

Fluctuating temperatures, varying water depths and other environmental factors will affect the ice thickness at various times. If you are going to venture out onto the ice, it is important you have the knowledge of when it is safe to walk/skate on a frozen lake, how to check the thickness of the ice and what to do if you fall through the ice.

No ice is completely safe and it is imperative residents understand the inherent dangers.

For recommendations on minimum depth for activities on new, clear, hard ice and other important tips, visit Adventure Smart.

The RDCK does not control or maintain any lakes or ponds for ice fishing and ice skating, but does facilitate a volunteer run outdoor ice rink that residents can take advantage of at Morning Mountain Regional Park.

The rink is free to use and is open when winter conditions allow.

For more information on RDCK parks and trails go to

Photo Caption: Cottonwood Lake south of Nelson is a popular place for outdoor winter activities. — The Nelson Daily photo

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