Man dies after vehicle goes through the ice on Cross Lake

A kayaker reported the incident of a vehicle in the lake and it possibly was occupied.


CROSSLAKE — A man died Friday, Dec. 4, after the vehicle he was driving broke through the ice on Cross Lake and submerged into the water.

Emergency responders were called about noon to a report of a vehicle that went into the lake on the northern end of Cross Lake, near the intersection of Daggett Pine Road and Crow Wing County Highway 66 in the city of Crosslake. The caller, who was in a kayak and witnessed the incident, reported the vehicle was possibly occupied.

Crosslake Police Chief Erik Lee said once on scene, first responders learned just one man was in the vehicle and he was pulled out by the Crosslake Fire Department. Life saving efforts by the firefighters were unsuccessful.

Lee said police are investigating the incident. The name of the man is being withheld until family members are notified.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office dive team and the DNR responded to the scene. Firefighters had the man out before the dive team was activated.


The Minnesota DNR reports ice thickness this time of year can be unsafe. The DNR recommends a minimum 4 inches for walking, 5-7 inches for snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles, 8-12 inches for cars or small pickups and 12-15 inches for medium-sized trucks.

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