Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure there is solid ice at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment.
Ice fishing has an allure all its own. Some say it's peaceful. Some say it's relaxing. Some say it's invigorating. Most say it's crazy. But there is nothing like walking on a frozen lake, carving a hole and pulling up elusive fish from the mysterious depths below. Common species caught are largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch and northern pike. Conditions permitting, ice fishing is permitted in the Game Propagation Area from January 15 through March 15.
For the true, diehard outdoor enthusiast, there is nothing like iceboating to stir up those inactive wintertime juices. Iceboats must display a state park launch permit.
A very popular sledding area is near the Pleasant View Picnic Area on the South Shore.
An ice skating area is maintained in the Pleasant Valley Day Use Area. Ice thickness is not monitored.
Cross-country skiing is a great way to enjoy Moraine State Park in winter, especially when there is lots of snow on the ground. In addition to the obvious fitness benefits, cross-country skiing is an excellent way to observe nature. Pleasant Valley and Sunken Garden trails have been improved and connected to provide six miles of trails. The trails are blazed with yellow and pink and are suitable for all skill levels.
There are about 26 miles of trails in the park. There must be at least six inches of snow on the paved bike trail. Studded track snowmobiles are prohibited on the paved bike trail. Please refer to bulletin boards for additional rules and regulations for snowmobiling.