NPPD cautions safety around ice-covered Lake Maloney

December 11, 2013

Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District is alerting ice fishermen using Lake Maloney, located south of North Platte, that conditions of the ice could change rapidly when water begins to flow into its North Platte Hydro next week. Water from Lake Maloney will be released next week to allow the hydro to generate electricity.

“There will be changing conditions of the ice cover due to this action without warning, and those who are ice fishing should take every precaution possible to ensure their safety,” said NPPD Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent. He also noted the lake is currently being filled with water coming from Sutherland Reservoir, and may make the ice cover unstable.

The recent, extremely cold weather created a cover of ice over Lake Maloney, which is actually a regulating reservoir for NPPD’s hydroelectric operations. While NPPD knows the ice cover at the lake is advantageous to fishermen, NPPD has posted signs at the lake warning that lake use in these conditions is done at the risk of the individual’s safety.

“We encourage ice fishermen to use all safety precautions anytime they are ice fishing and remind them that there is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice,” he added.