County launches ‘Take it Off’ program for Buffalo Lake ice huts

The registration process is quick, easy and free of charge

Following a successful first season of the ‘Take it Off’ program on Gull Lake, Lacombe County is expanding the program to include Buffalo Lake for the 2017-2018 ice fishing season.

Anglers on both Gull Lake and Buffalo Lake can register their ice hut online by visiting the Lacombe County web site or by calling the County Office at 403-782-8959.

“Last year, we were pleased to have zero ice huts left on Gull Lake or on Sylvan Lake,” said Lacombe County Environmental Coordinator Jennifer Berry.

“We are excited to launch this program on Buffalo Lake, as well, as another way to protect our water resources.”

Registering is completely voluntary, but it 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.

This 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.

Registration of huts also protects ice fishing huts from vandalism and theft, and helps identify the owner of ice huts in the event of any issues related to ice hut property.

The registration process is quick, easy and free of charge.

Once completed, an identification card will be mailed to each angler. Ice hut identification cards must be clearly displayed on the outside of each ice hut.

Lacombe County reminds anglers to inform us about any changes of contact information by contacting the Lacombe County office.

To register an ice hut on Sylvan Lake visit www.sylvanlake.ca/take-it-off. For more information, visit www.lacombecounty.com.

-Weber

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