Deadlines to remove ice houses announced

Published 8:04 pm Thursday, February 28, 2019

The deadline to remove fish houses from inland lakes is inching closer, according to a press release. The dates will not be extended. 

According to the Department of Natural Resources, if the fish house is south of the designated east-west line, the deadline is end of the day Monday.

If the fish house is north of the designated east-west line, the deadline is the end of the day March 18.

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Dates of removal are determined by an east-west line formed by Highway 10, east along Highway 34 to Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.

If shelters aren’t removed by the deadline, owners may be prosecuted and structures may be confiscated and removed, or destroyed by a conservation officer.


Plan ahead

Heavy snow during February has created slush and generally challenging conditions on lakes throughout the state. Don’t wait until the last minute to remove a fish house. Connect with a plow service or ask friends and family for help.


Leave no trace

Everyone has a big role to play in keeping the state’s lakes clean. In addition to removing fish houses, be sure to pick up all trash and bring it off the lake with — even if it isn’t yours.

For more information, visit the DNR ice fishing shelter page.