Beware thin ice/weak spots on Lake Wenatchee

I’ve had emails or calls from a couple folks concerned about people walking quite far out on the ice on Lake Wenatchee. While some lakes in the area may be safer for that, Lake Wenatchee is not one of them. Currents and other factors in this lake set it apart from those other lakes. It froze over late and then became snow-covered which insulates the ice, warming it. Before fresh snow came there were many areas of standing water on the ice which cannot be seen now but are still there. Shoreline ice near boggy areas is often soft and underground springs rising to the surface also produce areas of weak ice. Pilings, anchor chains and rocks can transmit enough heat from the lake bottom to weaken the ice around those objects. Be wary!!!