The ice in front of our marina to Waconia Bay, the walleye hole and over toward Cemetery Reef seems to have the best ice. We measured ice between 6.5 to 12 inches, with the majority of it being around 10 inches (including cloudy frozen slush ice on the surface). It's easier going in these areas, as there are less snow drifts.
What does this all mean? If you're looking to get on the ice and portable fish, conditions are very good for that. Walking is comfortable and generally less slippery than normal. If you're looking to use your ATV or snowmobile, we're feeling good about that, but use caution, as we have some active springs already in the same locations out from the Wagener's Bay access, and are expecting to find more when we get out for further ice checking. We advise against using vehicles at this point. Hopefully the continued cold weather will help build the ice, but it may take longer than we'd like in those drifted areas.