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Ice hut program expanded by county

Ice huts on Buffalo Lake can now be registered for the Take if Off program. (Lacombe County photo)

Ice huts on Buffalo Lake can now be registered for the Take if Off program. (Lacombe County photo)

Anglers on Buffalo Lake can now register for the “Take it off” program.

The program, which aims to make sure huts are cleared from the lake before it melts in the spring, was first expanded to Gull Lake last year following its inaugural and successful year at Sylvan Lake. Now, the program is open to those fishing at Buffalo Lake during the 2017-18 fishing season.

“Last year, we were pleased to have zero ice huts left on Gull Lake and Sylvan Lake,” said Jennifer Berry, Lacombe County’s environmental coordinator in a release issued Tuesday.

“We are excited to launch this program on Buffalo Lake, as well as another way to protect our water resources.”

It is a voluntary program, but one crucial to minimize pollution of the lake. Registering ensures huts are accounted for at the end of the ice fishing season and reduces the risk of ice huts falling through the ice in the spring.

As well, it helps ensure the safety of animals who depend on the lake for their water, as well as lake users through the year.

In addition, it helps protect the fishing huts from vandalism and theft and identifies owners in the case of any issues relating to the hut property.

The registration process, according to the county, quick, easy and free of charge.

Those fishing at Gull Lake and Buffalo Lake are asked to register their ice huts online through the Lacombe County website, or by calling the County Office at (403)782-8959.

Others looking to register an ice hut on Sylvan Lake can visit www.sylvanlake.ca/take-it-off.

For more information on the program, visit www.lacombecounty.com or call Jennifer Berry at (403)782-8959.

-BARRETT

 



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