Sylvan Lake anglers reminded to remove ice huts before spring thaw

Anglers have until March 31 to remove their structures from the surface of the ice

The Sylvan Lake Management Committee is reminding anglers to remove their ice huts before the March 31 deadline.

While ice huts are legally allowed to stay on the lake until the end of March, the Sylvan Lake Management Committee (SLMC) says it is important to remove them before the ice surface deteriorates.

“…I urge owners to think of safety and the health of the environment when they consider their decision,” said Roger Dufresne, SLMC chair.

Most ensure their structure is removed from the lake before the spring thaw makes it difficult or dangerous to do so.

In the past, there have been instances where a hut was not removed in time and, unfortunately, sunk to the bottom of the lake.

Last year, a few remaining huts stayed out on Sylvan Lake for too long; Big Bear Energy came to the rescue and voluntarily removed the structure before it could be claimed by the lake.

READ MORE: Remaining structures on ice removed by local company

An abandoned hut is detrimental to the health of the lake and for those who enjoy it year round.

SLMC says debris remaining on the ice surface during the thaw, which can include wood, gasoline, furniture and plastic, can become hazardous to the ecosystems in and around the lake at items either settle at the bottom of the lake or float to the surface.

“We all want our lakes to remain healthy, so we can enjoy them – safely – all year round,” said Dufresne.

READ MORE: Anglers reminded to register ice huts on Sylvan Lake

The Take It Off campaign ensures each hut is accounted for at the end of the season to reduce the likelihood of pollution after the spring melt.

The program is supported of the five Summer Villages of Sylvan Lake, Sylvan Lake RCMP, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Sylvan Lake Fish and Game Association, Lacombe County and Red Deer County and the Town of Sylvan Lake.

Take It Off is followed on Sylvan Lake, Gull Lake and Buffalo Lake.

A hut can be registered year-round at

Just Posted

Sylvan Lake Yettis warned to not get a big head after massive first win

The Yettis won over the Olds Stingers 23-1 at the home opener, April 23

Strathcona County RCMP charge Eckville man for firearms, drugs

RCMP found the suspects at a high risk traffic stop on April 11 as a result of a 911 complaint

Sylvan Lake Town Council approves a 2019 supplementary tax

The Town expects to see roughly $40,000 in revenue from the supplementary tax in 2019.

Alberta’s 47 legislature newbies meet under the dome for orientation day

Most new members are with the United Conservatives, who won a majority government

Annual Home and Lifestyle Show coming to Sylvan Lake

The inaugural event will showcase local businesses at the NexSource Centre’s curling rink on May 11

VIDEO: Police dog in Oregon struck by 200 porcupine quills during pursuit

The German shepherd had to be sedated and was in treatment for more than two hours

Calgary woman killed in B.C. highway crash

Crash closed highway for hours

Assessment says Alberta woman facing animal abuse charges fit to stand trial

April Dawn Irving, 59, is charged with 13 counts of cruelty to animals

Canadian privacy watchdogs find major shortcomings in Facebook probe

The probe followed reports that Facebook had let an outside organization use an app to access users’ personal info

Provinces, Ottawa talk 50/50 split on abandoned bus-route service

B.C. has paid $2 million on a bus service for the northern part of the province

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Oil and gas company confirms death of one of its employees in Yoho avalanche

Dana Coffield died when he was skiing in the Rocky Mountains

Cenovus CEO estimates production curtailments will deliver billions to taxpayers

The curtailment program started Jan. 1 was designed to keep 325,000 barrels per day off the market

Robbery in Leduc County estimated at $40,000

Leduc RCMP investigate break and enter and theft of firearms

Most Read