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Skaters- Ice must be 4 inches thick

December 29, 2000

Skaters- Ice must be 4 inches thick



Ice on the C&O Canal must be at least 4 inches thick for people to skate on it, the National Park Service said Friday.

Signs are posted in Montgomery County and the Washington area when the ice has reached that thickness. The signs say skating is allowed at the skaters' risk.

People should not use the ice in those areas if the signs say it's unsafe or if there are no signs.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, skating was allowed at Lock 7, Lock 8 and Cabin John, the Park Service said.

Other areas were off limits, including Lock 6 and Marsden Tract, which had been open earlier in the day.

In Western Maryland, the Park Service does not monitor the ice or post any signs, but the 4-inch rule also applies.

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Updates can be found on the ice skating hotline at 301-767-3707.

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