The McLean County Department of Parks & Recreation DOES NOT determine whether ice on Evergreen Lake is safe for Ice Fishing. ICE FISHING IS AT YOUR OWN RISK!
HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT TO GO ICE FISHING
When in doubt, DON'T GO OUT!
BEWARE OF THIN ICE
- Drill your own test hole near shore. Your test hole should show at least a four to five-inch thickness of clear ice like you get from your freezer.
- Wear a life jacket for extra warmth and safety.
- Be aware of various ice strengths and qualities. One area of a lake may be a foot thick while another spot of ice may only be an inch thick.
- Ice strength can also change. Thick ice is rotten after rain. Old honey-combed ice, slush ice or ice with current under it is also dangerous. New ice is almost always stronger that old ice. Wind, the lake aerator, waterfowl and beavers can also keep areas of ice thin.