Ice fishing hut owners reminded to “Take it off” before April 1

The Sylvan Lake Management Committee (SLMC) is urging ice hut owners to do the right thing and remove their ice fishing huts from Sylvan Lake before the spring thaw arrives.

While ice huts do not need to be legally removed from local lakes – including Sylvan Lake, Gull Lake and Buffalo Lake – until March 31, it’s important to get them off before the ice surface deteriorates.

“On behalf of the committee, I urge owners to think of safety and the health of the environment when they consider their decision,” said Roger Dufresne, SLMC Chair. “We all want our lakes to remain healthy, so we can enjoy them – safely – all year round.”

Most anglers on Sylvan Lake ensure their ice fishing huts are removed before the spring thaw, but unfortunately, some huts have sunk in past years. The effects associated with abandoned huts left to settle to the bottom of the lake are detrimental to lake health and the safety of those that enjoy the lake, particularly in the summer. Debris can include wood, gasoline, furniture and plastic, which ends up settling to the bottom of the lake or floating to the surface, and are hazardous to the many ecosystems living in and around the lake.

Take It Off is managed by The Sylvan Lake Management Committee, with the support of the five Summer Villages of Sylvan Lake, Sylvan Lake RCMP, Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development, Sylvan Lake Fish & Game Association, Lacombe County and Red Deer County and the Town of Sylvan Lake. People can register their huts year-round at


For more information Contact:

Roger Dufresne, Chair

Sylvan Lake Management Committee


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