People in the Northern states are in a hurry.
In a hurry to get out on the ice.
There are many activities that a frozen lake allows.
Fishing is a big one.
Walking away from roads.
There are ice boats. (That is what I call them.)
Wind surfing and a lot more.
But there is only 2-4 inches of ice.
The thing is you can have 4 inches in one place and only an inch 10 feet away.
We need a few more COLD nights to make the ice a bit more safe.
OH, and if you are looking to drive out on the ice...find something else to do for another week or 10 days!
I enjoy ice fishing, but I like 12+ inches to feel safe.