Winter in East Grand Rapids offers community members plenty of recreational opportunities to enjoy the season. If you plan to venture out on Reeds Lake, Public Safety has a few safety tips for you:
- Share your plans with friends and family and communicate what time they should expect your return.
- Don’t venture out alone – always travel in groups.
- Be mindful of the weather and changing conditions that may affect ice thickness.
- Pack the following:
- Fully charged cell phone equipped with GPS
- Ice spud to test depth
- Set of ice spikes in the event of a breakage
While no ice is safe, measuring the thickness of the frozen water can help determine which parts are safer than others. Ice 2 inches or less should be avoided. Anglers should wait until the ice is at least 4 inches thick before fishing.
Last year, Public Safety Officer Troy Brown spoke with WZZM to share these safety tips with our community. Watch the full video here.
Community members can also enjoy sledding at Manhattan Park and walking along Reeds Lake Trail to enjoy beautiful winter scenery.
For non-emergency questions or concerns, call Public Safety at 616.949.7010.