went out on a quest this morning to find safe ice, and i found it. there was a guy on the channels at Snow lake. I went down and asked him how much was there, he told me that were he was standing it was about 3". he said that if he would move about 6' over from where he was it was only 2". I think that i will get out on the channels thursday if my buddy is up to it. If not it will be for sure on Saturday. Good luck and be safe on the early ice.