Lacombe County expanding 'Take it Off' program

By Sheldon Spackman
December 23, 2017 - 2:48pm

Lacombe County is expanding its program to help prevent ice huts from ending up at the bottom of a lake each spring.

After a successful first season on Sylvan Lake and Gull Lake, Lacombe County’s ‘Take it Off’ program is now going to include Buffalo Lake, about 40 kilometres east of Red Deer.

This means anglers on both Gull Lake and Buffalo Lake can register their ice hut online by visiting the Lacombe County website or by calling the County office at 403-782-8959.

Officials say registering is completely voluntary but it ensures that each hut is accounted for at the end of the ice fishing season. The hope is that it will reduce the amount of ice huts falling through the ice and polluting the water for both people and fish each spring. Registration also protects ice fishing huts from vandalism and theft and helps identify the owner of ice huts in the event of any issues related to ice hut property.

To register an ice hut on Sylvan Lake, visit

For more information on the program itself, visit

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