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[DNR] Indiana Dunes State Park warns of shelf ice danger; offers special viewing programs
Start Date: 2/13/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/13/2014
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The Lake Michigan shelf ice that has developed this winter is both beautiful and potentially deadly, according to Indiana Dunes State Park interpretive naturalist Brad Bumgardner.

Bumgardner says people should stay off the shelf ice, which is much weaker than ice sheets that form on inland lakes. Shelf ice forms as waves push ice chunks together, resulting in a conglomeration of frozen pieces full of air pockets and weak spots.

“People should never attempt to walk on it,” Bumgardner said. “It’s not stable and cave-ins have occurred recently. Warming spring conditions will only make it more dangerous.”

There are safe opportunities for people who want a better look at the ice. There is perhaps no better place to see Lake Michigan shelf ice than at Indiana Dunes State Park. In March, the park’s interpretive staff will offer two shelf ice exploration programs.

These programs will teach how the ice forms and offer a bird’s-eye view of the ice from atop the historic beach pavilion. The programs are March 1 and March 22, both at 2 p.m. CST.

You can even see the shelf ice from home through a new video on the Indiana Dunes Tourism website at IndianaDunes.com/winter.

For more information, call (219) 926-1390.

Indiana Dunes State Park is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton, 46304.
Contact Information:
Name: Brad Bumgardner
Phone: (219) 926-1390
Email: dnrnews@dnr.in.gov
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