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Ice fishing shelters

Ice is never 100% safe

Man using spikes to hold on after falling through the iceKnow and follow safe procedures when ice fishing.

Shelter licenses

Portable shelter definition

A shelter that collapses, folds or is disassembled for transportation.

Portable shelters only need licenses when left unattended, which is defined as all occupants being more than 200 feet away.

Shelter identification

The fish house license tag must be readily visible from the exterior of the shelter and one of the following must be displayed on the outside of the shelter with characters at least 2 inches high:

If a shelter is left out overnight, it must have at least 2 square inches of reflective material on each side.

Shelter removal dates

Dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the ice no later than midnight for each of the dates given in the following categories below.


County Sheriffs may prohibit or restrict the use of motorized vehicles if dangerous ice conditions are present.

Border Waters

Inland Waters

Dates of removal are determined by an east-west line formed by U.S. Hwy. 10, east along Hwy. 34 to Minnesota Hwy. 200, east along Hwy. 200 to U.S. Hwy. 2, and east along Hwy. 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.


It is unlawful to improperly dispose of ice fishing shacks anywhere in the state. Please clean up around your shack and check with local refuse providers or landfills for ice shelter disposal information.