Icy conditions can spawn dangerous situations at Tuttle Creek Lake

Published Jan. 19, 2016

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Lake encourages winter recreationists to exercise extreme caution with current icy conditions at the lake.

A thin layer of ice covers the lake surface, and while it may look inviting to venture onto the ice, be advised there is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice.

Ice thickness on a lake’s surface depends on depth, water currents and springs, and natural objects such as tree stumps and rocks. Changes in daily temperature cause the ice to expand and contract which affects ice strength. Because of these factors, no one can declare the ice safe. Some iced-in areas are thinner than other areas and appearance alone is a poor indicator of safe ice. There is always a risk of falling through the ice.

Visitors who will be around the lake for any reason should remember these ice safety tips:

·         Never venture out onto the ice alone.

·         Be prepared for unexpected breakthroughs.

·         Carry large nails or spikes to get a grip on ice if you do go through.

·         Always wear a life jacket when on the ice.

It is important to know the risks associated with icy lake conditions. It can make the difference between an enjoyable outing and a tragic accident resulting in injury or death.

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Paul Weidhaas
785-539-8511 x 3170
Tuttle Creek Lake

Release no. 16-006