Is It Legal To Have A Campfire On Ice In Maine?
Can you warm up while ice fishing with a campfire on the ice? We did a little research to get to the bottom of this burning question.
Ice fishing got off to an early start this season. A particularly cold December allowed anglers to take to the ice. A cold January has furthered sturdy ice over much of Maine. A popular topic that pops up in online ice fishing groups, can you have a fire on the ice?
According to state statues, it's legal.
Here's how its written on MaineLegislature.org:
"Permissible open burning without permit. When not prohibited by state rule, local ordinance or water utility regulation, the following types of burning are permissible without a permit if no nuisance is created:
A. Recreational campfires kindled when the ground is covered by snow or on frozen bodies of water."
You also need to burn your fire on something, like a barrel cover or portable fire pit. In addition, all the debris from the fire needs to be completely cleaned up. If not, you can be fined for littering.