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Ice road opens up Lac La Biche lake for north-south travel

Ice road covers four kilometres across Lac La Biche lake

LAC LA BICHE - The ice road across La La Biche lake was opened for the season — and for traffic — last week. 

Lac La Biche County officials announced the road was open on Wednesday, January 11. The four-kilometre stretch of cleared and graded ice surface is located west of the Lac La Biche Mission site. The ice road links Range Road 145 at Maccagno's Point Boat Launch on the south side of the lake to Range Road 144 at Poplar Point on the north side.

The 30 kph speed limit on the ice road means the trip across the lake can take between five and 10 minutes. Law enforcement members do monitor the area.

The roadway — which has been graded to more than 50 feet wide — runs through a popular area for winter ice fishing.  Ice shacks are dotted along the roadway, back-dropped by islands in the lake, including Black Fox Island.

The water depth beneath the ice road varies, but averages about 20 feet. Ice thickness on the road is monitored by municipal officials regularly. On Friday, a group coming off the ice after a day of fishing said the ice was more than 18 inches thick. Lac La Biche County crews will provide regular maintenance on the ice road until conditions or ice thickness force its closure.

Rob McKinley

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