With the onset of more seasonable temperatures, the Hudson River – Black River Regulating District reminds all recreational users of the Great Sacandaga Lake, Indian Lake, Stillwater, Sixth Lake and Old Forge river regulating reservoirs to use caution when recreating near a reservoir or when on the ice.

The elevation of each reservoir can change dramatically during the winter, creating variations in ice thickness and strength. As reservoir water levels fluctuate, and as water elevations are lowered in preparation for spring runoff, ice pressure ridges, voids, and pockets will form on the ice surface.

Changes in ice surfaces will occur as a result of the release of water during the winter. Recreational users of the reservoirs are urged to become familiar with the potential hazards and use caution when on the ice.