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Warning: Thin Ice on Ponds During Winter

Warning: Thin Ice on Ponds During Winter

There are three ponds on Ken-Caryl Ranch: Dakota Lodge Pond, Brannon-Gearhart Pond and Settlement Pond near Shaffer Elementary School. All three ponds have aerators operating inside the ponds. However, from November to April they are turned off at Dakota Lodge and Brannon-Gearhart Ponds as the partially frozen water can be a hazard to big game animals if they were to fall through the ice while attempting to cross or drink the water and become trapped and cannot escape.

The partially frozen surface of the ponds is even an attractant to dogs and children. However, due to the uneven temperatures and sunny days the ice is usually thin and will not support weight. If a dog or a person falls through the ice they can become trapped and even become hypothermic. Be sure to talk to your children as there is a rule against walking on any ice, Rule No. 13, Ice Skating and Ice Fishing and walking upon any ice is prohibited.” If you have any questions, feel free to call the Rangers at 303-979-1876, ext. 170, or email Matt Oven at matto@kcranch.org.

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