BC Parks is cautioning about the dangers of frozen lakes at Alice Lake and Murrin Provincial Parks.
“Frozen lakes are extremely dangerous and ice thickness is not monitored. Our recommendation is to stay off the ice,” BC Parks says. “Should you choose to proceed onto the lake, do this is at your own risk.”
BC Parks also cautions that trails and parking lots are not maintained in the winter, and people may encounter deep snow, ice and slippery conditions and micro spikes or snowshoes are strongly recommended. At Murrin Provincial Park, day use parking lots are not maintained in winter, and they will be closed when snow levels or hazards are present.
When day use gates are closed there are no parking stalls available, and there is no parking on the road edges as it can hinder snow clearing any towing will be at vehicle owners expense. “This can happen at any time so be prepared to change your plans.”
According to Canadian Red Cross, ice thickness needs to be 15 cm for walking or skating, 20 cm for skating parties or games, and 25 cm for snowmobiles.