“Take it Off” Program for Gull Lake ice huts launches

(Lacombe, Alberta, January 16, 2017) Lacombe County, in partnership with Ponoka County, the Summer Village of Gull Lake, and the Summer Village of Parkland Beach, is expanding the “Take it Off” Program. Starting this winter, anglers fishing on Gull Lake can register their ice hut online by visiting the Lacombe County website or by calling the County Office at 403-782-8959.

Why is it important to register your ice hut?
Registering your ice hut ensures that each hut is accounted for at the end of the ice fishing season; this reduces the likelihood of ice huts falling through the ice in the spring and polluting the lake. Registering your hut not only helps to protect the environment, but also ensures the safety of the animals who depend on that water source, as well as lake users throughout the year. It also helps to identify the owner of an ice hut in the event of any issues related to ice hut property, such as vandalism and theft.

The registration process is quick, easy and free of charge. Once registered, a number will be given to each angler. These registration numbers must be clearly displayed on the outside of each ice hut, either by placing the numbers on wood blocks or by spray painting them on the side of the structure. Anglers are only required to register once, as previously issued ice hut numbers continue to be valid.  Lacombe County asks that you inform us about any changes to contact information by calling the Lacombe County Office.

Lacombe has a similar partnership with Sylvan Lake for the registration and removal of ice fishing huts. To register an ice hut on Sylvan Lake please visit www.sylvanlake.ca/take-it-off. For more information, visit www.lacombecounty.com, or call:

Monica Boudreault
Environmental Coordinator                   
Lacombe County                                  
(403) 782-8959