People ice skate on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 at Potter Marsh in Anchorage. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Low temperatures and a lack of snow have set up many lakes, creeks and marshes in Southcentral Alaska for good ice skating conditions. The Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department’s website indicates that it will begin measuring ice thickness at area lakes in the coming weeks.

Skaters, especially in the early part of the season, should exercise caution and bring safety gear. The Army Corps of Engineers’ ice-safety guidelines state that for a person on foot or skates, the ice should measure at least 2 inches thick. For a group of people walking in a single file line, it’s at least 3 inches. For a 2.5-ton truck, it’s at least 8 inches. (Those guidelines only apply to freshwater ice that doesn’t have water flowing underneath.)

Ashley Saupe, of Anchorage, ice skates on Wasilla Creek and nearby ponds at Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge on November 5, 2020. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Ezra Gately, 7, pushes his mother Kara Sterling in a chair as they went ice skating for the first time this season at Finger Lake on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Pioneer Peak is in the distance as clouds began to move in with snow in the forecast. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Matt Unterberger's seventh and eighth grade Movement Class from Anchorage Waldorf School ice skate on Cheney Lake in Anchorage on Nov. 5, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
Jeremy Allen helps lace up ice skates for his daughter Penelope, 10, as her sister Isla, 8, skates on the freshly hot mopped ice surface at Chanshtnu Muldoon Park on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
People ice skate on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 at Potter Marsh in Anchorage. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Ice skaters take advantage of snow-free conditions on Wasilla Creek in Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge on November 5, 2020. (Marc Lester / ADN)
A student from Matt Unterberger's seventh and eighth grade Movement Class at Anchorage Waldorf School ties her skates before going ice skating on Cheney Lake in Anchorage on Nov. 5, 2020. (Emily Mesner / ADN)
Ashley Saupe, of Anchorage, ice skates on Wasilla Creek and nearby ponds at Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge on November 5, 2020. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation workers hot mopped the ice skating surface at Chanshtnu Muldoon Park on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
People took advantage of the cold weather and sunshine to ice skate at Westchester Lagoon on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Ice skaters enjoy Westchester Lagoon on November 1, 2020. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Ice skaters glide on Westchester Lagoon in this view that includes Mount Susitna on November 1, 2020. (Marc Lester / ADN)
People took advantage of the cold weather and sunshine to ice skate at Mirror Lake on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
People took advantage of the cold weather and sunshine to ice skate at Mirror Lake on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. (Bill Roth / ADN)
Three skaters take in the smooth ice of Goose Lake on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. (Anne Raup / ADN)