The Ontario government is reminding ice anglers and others using the lakes to remove their ice huts and help keep the lake environment clean and safe.
“Every year as spring approaches, many ice anglers have difficulty removing their ice huts because of unanticipated thaws,” said Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay. “Huts that go through the ice pose a hazard to the environment and are a safety concern for boaters.”
Ice hut owners are responsible for maintaining their huts and removing them prior to the spring thaw.
Owners who abandon their ice huts or store them on Crown land, islands, shore lands or access points are in violation of the Public Lands Act. Owners may be fined and could be liable for removal costs. Anglers and recreational users are also reminded to clean up and take away their garbage.
The public is asked to protect Ontario’s natural resources by reporting violations to the local Ministry of Natural Resources office or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).