Ice Fishing in Vermont: How Thick Should the Ice Be for My Volkswagen?

January 6th, 2017 by

Ice Thickness Guide for Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg

Vermont is home to several freshwater lakes that are thriving habitats for trophy fish and fabled creatures like Champ. And one of the best times to go fishing is when the lakes are frozen over. In order to get to our favorite fishing spot, many of us rely on driving across the ice with our Volkswagen. Some people may think that we are fools for doing this, but it is relatively safe as long as the ice is thick enough and we exercise certain precautions and basic common sense.

How Thick Should Lake Ice Be for the Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg?

Most resources recommend that new and clear lake ice should be at least 8 inches thick to support a car or small pickup truck, and at least 12 inches thick for medium-sized trucks. At eight inches, a 2017 Volkswagen Jetta would be fine. Since the Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg are larger and heavier, we like to err on the side of caution and have the ice be at least 12 inches thick. You will need to double the thickness when the lake is covered with white/snow ice.

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Safety Tips for Driving on Frozen Lakes with a Volkswagen

Besides making sure that the ice is thick enough, there are some additional precautions to take when driving out on a frozen lake with your Volkswagen:

  • Park your Volkswagen at least 50 feet from other vehicles
  • Move your Volkswagen every so often to prevent sinking (Ice is buoyant, but will sink with time and weight. We recommend cutting a hole in the ice with your auger near your Volkswagen. Once the area becomes wet with overflowing water, it is time to move your vehicle.)
  • Be aware of your surroundings and stay away from areas that have no vehicles on them (This is a good indication that the ice is not thick enough)
  • Fish with a buddy

Have fun and stay safe when ice fishing this season! May you catch that big one!