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Ice houses began appearing on the south shore of Long Lake this week. Tuesday morning's low temperatures near zero helped the ice formation but the DNR still urges anglers to use caution. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Ice houses began appearing on the south shore of Long Lake this week. Tuesday morning's low temperatures near zero helped the ice formation but the DNR still urges anglers to use caution.

Here are the agency's guidelines for new, clear ice.

The guidelines recommend staying off of ice that is 2 inches or less thick. In addition, the DNR issued these safety guidelines for ice travel:

- 4 inches: ice fishing or other activities on foot

- 5 inches: snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle

- 8-12 inches: car or small pickup

- 12-15 inches: medium truck

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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