Ice thickness safe to play on Lake Wallenpaupack, Hawley

Real Estate Agent with Weichert Realtors Paupack Group AB065667

Snow on wooded branches and back roads. Enjoying the peace before atv's (all terrain vehicle) and snow mobiles arrive. Saw the first ice fisherperson in the shallow cove today.

Lake Wallenpaupack WOW, look at all that open "tundra" space to play on Lake Wallenpaupack! Wait, Is the Ice Safe?

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission put this wonderful flyer together to help you/me have fun on the ice.  With 12 miles of Lake Wallenpaupack and couple miles of Wallenpaupack River plus surrounding smaller ponds in Pike and Wayne Counties, this flyer came in handy for me. 

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission flyer helps you determine safety play based upon your activity weight upon the ice: How much ice thickness is required to support the weight of your activity upon it? 

  • Ice may not be the same thickness all over;
  • Stay away from 'stickups' like brush, logs, plants or docks;
  • Stay away from multiple pressure cracks; Spread out because crowds can add to much weight in the same area;
  • Be extra careful on rivers and streams. The ice may look thicker than it really is, because moving water wears ice from underneath;
  • Make sure you study the ice safety chart so you know when it's safe to go on the ice  If the pdf Flyer doesn't open up for you, I can e-mail you the flyer. E-mail Debbie Friese, Associate Broker at or

Couple weeks earlier my friend was telling me of his atv plow used to clear off the pond for play with the holiday visitors that resulted in the need to call a tow truck to pull the atv out of the pond.  The ice was not thick enough for ice play.  I sent the flyer over to my friend.

Have fun this winter and thought maybe we should wear life jackets too!

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