The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants to remind everyone that deadlines are coming up to remove ice fishing shelters from lakes across the state.

Removal dates are based on an east-west line formed by U.S. Hwy. 10, east along Hwy. 34 to Minnesota Hwy. 200, east along Hwy. 200 to U.S. Hwy. 2, and east along Hwy. 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.

According to the DNR:

Dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the ice no later than midnight for each of the dates given in the categories below. County sheriffs may prohibit or restrict the use of motorized vehicles if dangerous ice conditions are present. If shelters are not removed, owners will be prosecuted. A conservation officer also may confiscate, remove or destroy any ice structure and its contents if not removed by the deadline.

Here are the deadlines:

Inland waters 

  • South of line - March 2, 2020
  • North of line - March 16, 2020

Border waters  

  • Minnesota–Wisconsin - March 1
  • Minnesota–North and South Dakota - March 5
  • Minnesota–Canada - March 31

The deadline has already passed to remove shelters from the Minnesota-Iowa boarder.

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