Update - Feb 2, 2017

"Just a word from the lakeside.  Our weather lately has been co-operating somewhat.  There have been several nights with -10 degrees C., three -20 deg.,2 -25 and last night with -15 deg. C, and only 4 or 5 inches of snow protecting the water. 

The penetration of the cold would have brought the ice to a safe level, although I have not yet tested the centre of Rabbit Lake.  The best thing is to check the thickness yourself and carry your ice picks.  Just be cautious of suspect places."

Dave Zimmerman