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Ice Fish Houses

Ice Fish Houses

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Comfort in the Cold

If the winter’s subfreezing temperatures make you dream of dropping a line in the ice, there’s no need to spend all your time in the elements. Fish Houses are a great way to stay sheltered from the cold and spend time with friends while you wait on your tip-ups. Scroll down to see more of the possible features and amenities.

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Ice Fish House
Ice fish house living area

Living area

Equipped with 6-10 ice holes, these RVs are built with basic kitchens, bathrooms, and couches. Some even have pull-down bunks for those long weekends.

Ice fish house dinette

Dinette

Tables are often not secured to the floor in ice fish houses so that they can be easily stowed, opening up more living space and access to ice holes.

Model Details:
Size 6 - 30 FT
Avg. Costs $5,000 - $30,000
Sleeps 2-6 People
Ice Fish House
Lightweight
Ice Fish Houses are light enough that they can be towed by a small vehicle or ATV so you can easily position yourself in the perfect spot.
Ice fish house with snowmobiles
Dropdown Back Door
Garage with ramp
The back of the Ice house drops down forming a ramp for access into a garage area where an ATV can be stored. The ATV can easily pull the ice house onto the ice.
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Comfy and Cozy
Fireplace
Many ice fish houses contain a working fireplace to keep the unit heated, even as temperatures outside can dip to -30 to -60 degrees.
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Easy towing
Duel purpose RV
Ice fish houses are usually lightweight enough to be towed by smaller cars and SUVs. Many people also use their ice fish houses during hunting season as an easy, mobile basecamp.
Ice Fish House being towed
Ice Fish House
Retracting wheels
Fish houses are the only type of RV that uses a pulley system at the wheel that allows wheels to fully retract upward so the RV can be completely flat against the ice without air pockets. This is good for warmth and gives you better access to the ice.
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Ice Fish House Villages
Winter communities
Dozens of ice fish houses make camp on the lake during the peak fishing season.
Multiple ice fish houses on frozen lake

Typical Features & Amenities

Sleeps 2-6 people
Lightweight
Basic bathroom amenities
Basic kitchen amenities
Can go ice-fishing without exposure to harsh elements
Some fish houses have full entertainment systems
  • Lightweight for easy maneuvering, fish houses can be towed onto the ice with an ATV.
  • While some are very modest shelters providing bench seating and shelter from the elements, some fish houses come complete with heat, kitchens, bathrooms, beds, and even satellite TV.
  • Fish houses make long days on the ice more pleasant and provide refuge for overnight stays near the lake. 
  • After a successful day on the ice, cook up the catch of the day on the stove while relaxing with friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do ice fish houses have heat?

    Yes. Ice fish houses are climate controlled so that you truly are protected from the harsh elements inside a comfortable shelter.

  • How do I position the house?

    Ice fish houses are designed specifically to be easy to maneuver and are lightweight enough to be pulled onto the ice with an ATV. This makes towing into place and pulling it off the ice at the end of your trip a simple process.

  • How do I know when the ice is safe?

    You can't judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Strength is based on all these factors -- plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and local climatic conditions.

    Here is a guide for determining ice safety, courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, but it's important to keep in mind that ice is NEVER 100% safe.

    For new, clear ice only:

    • UNDER 4" - STAY OFF
    • 4" - Ice fishing or other activities on foot
    • 5" - 7" - Snowmobile or ATV
    • 8" - 12" - Car or small pickup
    • 12" - 15" - Medium truck

    Double the above thickness guidelines when traveling on white ice

    White ice or "snow ice" is only about half as strong as new clear ice. Double the above thickness guidelines when traveling on white ice. Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe.

    The MN DNR also provides free ice safety publications, which include brochures, a wallet-sized ice thickness reference card and 11X14 posters titled, "Minimum Recommended Ice Thicknesses." The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources can be reached at 651-296-6157 or toll free at 1-888-646-6367. You may also email the Information Center at INFO.DNR@STATE.MN.US

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