Sheriff’s office bars vehicle traffic on Upper Maple Lake due to safety concerns

WRIGHT COUNTY – One of the county’s most popular annual winter events will find itself altered this weekend due to safety concerns.

The 45th annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Contest will take place Saturday, Feb. 1, but vehicle traffic will not be allowed to pass at the two public accesses on Upper Maple Lake.

At 12:16 p.m. today, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office released the following post on Facebook:

“The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is barring vehicle traffic (cars, trucks, vans, SUVs) at the public accesses on Upper Maple Lake due to unsafe conditions, as well as being the site of a large ice fishing tournament. Per Minnesota statute 86B.106, this restriction will be enforced beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31. The ban is expected to be lifted at 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb  2nd.”

On the Maple Lake Ice Fishing Contest website ( it states that only portable fish houses, ATVs, 4-wheelers, and snowmobiles will be allowed on the ice during the fishing derby.

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