Hello, first of all I want to say that im new to this site and grateful to be here.
With the heavy snow we got in the past couple days, is it safe to go on the lakes? I've been driving around numerous lakes and saw some wet parts on top the lake, not sure if its lake water or just wet surface. please let me know what your inputs are.
from my knowledge, the snow on top causes some insulation and keeps the ice on top warm. I cannot say if this is water from the lake itself or if its from freeze, thaw, refreeze. The top layer might be a bit "mushy". the key is how much solid and good ice is there.
I haven't seen too many vehicles on the lakes (South Metro) but i have seen snowmobiles and some smaller portable houses up near Lakeville and Burnsville area.
Yes, snow can act like an insulator and slow the freezing process. But you might be seeing smaller ponds and lakes that have aerators installed to prevent winterkill of fish and vegetation. There's quite a few in the Metro area. It should be posted by the ramp or pier that the lake has an aerator installed. Stay clear.