Before going out on the ice, give someone the plan of where you will be and when you plan to return. It is best never to fish alone. Check the conditions knowing that the ice will vary from lake to lake.
Brush up on information about frozen water and have an ice emergency action plan if you or someone else falls into icy water. Stay off snow covered or slushy ice. Check the thickness of the ice. Four inches of clear ice can support an average person, but since ice does not form uniformly, check the thickness every few feet.
A rope, an ice pick, and a cell phone are valuable tools for getting out of a thin ice situation or helping someone. A person who has been in icy water needs to warm up in a sheltered area. Call 911 if they are disoriented.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers good information and tips for ice safety on their website. Click here to read more.
Call for Entries for the 2016 Douglas Lake Calendar
The sky is the limit for the type of image you can submit. It could be a cross-stitch, a watercolor, an oil painting, a sculpture, a photograph or whatever you dream up with Douglas Lake in mind. Here are some guidelines and requirements:
There are many factors involved to determine a file size. A small file is fine for sharing photos on your phone or Facebook, but the file size must be greater when it comes to printing.72 dpi is a good resolution for Facebook, but 300 dpi may be best for printing (depends on the printer and the requirements). We will accept entries that are as small as 200 KB because we may use a 2â€x2â€ photo in the layout. However, a small file size is limited and cannot be enlarged without losing its visual quality. An 8 Â½â€ by 11â€ image needs to be a file size greater than 1 MB. Use the chart below as a guide.
Due to copyright laws, the entry must be your own work. You may credit another person with their permission.
The entries need to be in a digital format as JPEG files.
Check your cameraâ€™s manual for changing the file size.