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ASSUME ALL ICE OUT THERE IS THIN ICE

ASSUME ALL ICE OUT THERE IS THIN ICE


From the Safety Committee:
These safety reminders come to us from the Indiana DNR.

  • Drill a test hole near shore.  Your test hole should show at least a four-inch thickness of clear ice like the ice you get from your freezer

 

  • Wear a life jacket for extra warmth and safety.
  • Not all the ice on the lake is the same thickness.
  • Ice strength can also change.  Thick ice is rotten after rain.  Old honey-combed ice or slushy ice is weak ice.
  •  Wind, waterfowl, and beavers can also keep areas of ice from being thick.
  • The water in the area near Lily Creek may still be flowing into the creek.  Flowing water under the ice makes the ice unreliable.
  • Water near an aerator may freeze with inconsistencies in the thickness.  
  • Underground springs and wind can cause weakness in the ice.
Ice Thickness What to do
One Inch of Ice Stay OFF
Four Inches of Ice Needed for safe ice fishing
Five Inches of Ice Needed for snowmobiling
Eight Inches of Ice Needed to support the weight of a car or light truck
Ten Inches of Ice Needed to support a medium weight truck
   

If you see a pet or other animal in distress on the ice, do not venture out after it.  The ice may be able to support the pet or animal, but not you.  Instead, contact local emergency response personnel, who are trained and equipped to make rescues on thin ice.

 

Remember Indiana law limits ice fishing holes to a diameter of twelve inches.
Fishing shanties must have reflectors on each side so snowmobiles won’t crash into them at dusk or during snowstorms.

 

May 17, 2022
Invasive Weeds

Know what they look like.  Report them if you see them.

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Simonton Lake Ecozone-Where is it? Why do we have one?

For those of you who have lived at the lake for a while, the Ecozone is something that is not new to you.  But, for anyone who has moved in within the last five years, a little review of this key area is a good thing.

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Access and Easements on Simonton Lake

On every one of Indiana’s public lakes, the question of access to the lake is an issue.  The land around Simonton Lake was platted at various times over the decades starting when the descendants of Samuel Simonton began creating lots for sale along the lake shore and ending when the lots along the channels were platted.

January 17, 2022
Results of the Elkhart County Leaf Collection Competition

At this time, we do not know the outcome of the Elkhart County Leaf Collection contest.

January 17, 2022
Flag Burning Ceremony Continues

For many years Dwight and Linda Bowser held a flag burning ceremony on the 4th of July in their yard on the lake.

 

January 17, 2022
2022 Garage Sale

GARAGE SALE
Friday, May 6
Saturday, May 7

January 17, 2022
ASSUME ALL ICE OUT THERE IS THIN ICE

ASSUME ALL ICE OUT THERE IS THIN ICE
From the Safety Committee:
These safety reminders come to us from the Indiana DNR.

 

January 17, 2022
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