The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a warning about unsafe ice conditions at Saylorville Lake.
Though the extreme cold has added ice, the Corps says it has also reduced the inflows into the lake. That, coupled with the required minimum release from the dam, means the water level will drop in the reservoir and leave air pockets below the ice.
That ice is more likely to break up and fishermen, snowmobilers, skaters, skiers, and pedestrians are being warned to be cautious.
The Corps also says all wheeled vehicles should stay off of the ice.
The conditions can also cause ice shelves to slope at the lake’s shore, making it difficult for people to climb off of the ice.
The lake level is 836.01 feet but could drop as much as an inch or two per day unless river inflows increase.