Brown County Sheriff Rich Hoffmann would like to remind people of the Brown County Ordinance regarding driving on lakes that have aeration systems.
Aeration systems cause thin ice areas that are unstable and unsafe to drive a motor vehicle on. Therefore motor vehicles, including snowmobiles, are prohibited from driving in marked areas.
The areas are marked with warning signs indicating aeration system in use and thin ice warnings.
Brown County Ordinance 1993-04 Section 7, Subd. 1 states "No person shall operate or park an ice sailboat or motor vehicle, which shall include snowmobiles and motorized ice boats, within the marked areas whenever there is ice formed and the aeration system is operation or scheduled for operation."
Section 8 of the same ordinance states that "During a period when there is ice on the lakes, no person shall enter the area marked by signs indicating thin ice."
Brown County waters included in this ordinance are Clear Lake, Lake Hanska, Sleepy Eye Lake and the Wellner/Hageman Reservoir.
People wanting to utilize these waters for winter recreation are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Brown County Ordinances, which are available on the Brown County website: www.co.brown.mn.us