Driving off Sylvan Lake a group of men remove an ice fishing hut that had been erected near Norglenwold. According to a sign on the lake all huts are required to be removed by March 31.

Ice fishers reminded to move shacks soon

With the spring thaw right around the corner, officials are reminding ice fishers to get their huts off Sylvan Lake, or they could become submerged.

With the spring thaw right around the corner, officials are reminding ice fishers to get their huts off Sylvan Lake, or they could become submerged.

Owners of ice fishing huts have until March 31 to remove the buildings from Sylvan Lake, but Beverly Anderson, Sylvan Lake management committee, said it would be better if the huts could be removed sooner than the end of the month.

“Take it off now, because this year we’re getting some pretty warm days and probably an early break-up of the ice,” said Anderson.

“We want to make sure people don’t wait until the end of the season, which is March 31.”

After March 31 anything left on the ice is considered litter and can be pulled off by provincial government employees.

“We can’t risk people from the municipalities or the government to risk their life to go out and pull off ice-fishing huts,’ said Anderson.

She also said there looks like there are a few ice huts on the lake that haven’t been used in a while, and hopes the owners will get them off sooner rather than later.

There are eight municipalities around Sylvan Lake with dozens of huts still on the ice.

“People are starting to gradually take them off,” said Anderson. “I noticed (Monday) someone was pulling theirs off. We just want to make sure people don’t leave it too long. When they do sink to the bottom, then we have pollution issues.”

As well as environmental concerns of sunken ice- fishing huts is the safety concern, such as water skiers or boaters colliding with a floating huts.

Anderson said it was popular this year for people to use holiday trailers as ice fishing huts, with a hole through the floor.

“If the whole trailer sinks to the bottom it’s not like wood that might break up, it’s a whole holiday trailer,” said Anderson.


Just Posted

1,200 runners came out to Woody’s RV Marathon in Red Deer

Red Deer’s Matthew Hope ran in the Woody’s RV World Marathon for… Continue reading

Two men steal 16 year old’s car at gunpoint in Alberta

RCMP are looking for two men who allegedly produced a handgun and… Continue reading

Mother of five who died in hit and run in central Alberta a huge loss to family, police say

Rocky Mountain House RCMP continue to investigate hit and killed case on… Continue reading

‘Rope-a-dope’: Environmentalists say Alberta war room threat won’t distract them

EDMONTON — Environmental groups targeted by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney are shrugging… Continue reading

Speed, alcohol considered factors in deadly Calgary crash: police

CALGARY — The Calgary Police Service says two people are dead after… Continue reading

WATCH: First Red Deer Market of 2019

The event is held every Saturday in the Servus Arena parking lot

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

Speaker stuns Morehouse grads, to pay off $40M student debt

A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College… Continue reading

Unions increasingly at odds over replacing troubled Phoenix pay system

OTTAWA — The federal team charged with finding a replacement for the… Continue reading

Sisters of Ste-Anne hold unique garage sale before giving up Montreal convent

MONTREAL — The Montreal-area Sisters of Ste-Anne are hosting a unique garage… Continue reading

Canadian pilot Patrick Forseth killed in Honduras plane crash: sister

TRUJILLO, Honduras — A British Columbia woman says her pilot brother was… Continue reading

As states pass restrictive abortion laws, questions surface

ATLANTA — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have… Continue reading

Pelosi being honoured with JFK Profile in Courage Award

BOSTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is being honoured with the 2019… Continue reading

India’s marathon national election reaches the finish line

KOLKATA, India — Voting in India’s mammoth national election ended Sunday with… Continue reading

Most Read