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Pa. parks open lakes, ponds for ice activities

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If you can't beat the cold, why not try and enjoy it?

Anyone up for some ice fishing?

"It's so much fun. You just come out here, sit on the ice and fish," said 12-year-old Charles Balcom of York.

It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but Charles and his mother are right at home on a frozen pond.

"We fish all year long, so why not fish now?" Dawn Balcom said.

State parks have opened up their frozen lakes and ponds for on-ice activities; something the Balcom's are taking full advantage of at Gifford Pinchot State Park.

"Every time the ice freezes we come out here," Charles Balcom said.

He's out here for the thrill of the catch.

"I might catch some perch, maybe some crappy. If I am lucky, maybe even a bass," he said.

But his mother can't help but enjoy the view.

"Its gorgeous," Dawn Balcom said. "It's an amazing sight to see everything frozen and quiet and still."

Gavin Smith, assistant manager of the park, said anything over five inches is safe.

"I think it's an excellent opportunity to participate in some winter events that may not have been available in the past few years," he Smith.

If you're interested, take advice from Charles.

"Just dress warm and come out. It's fun," he said.


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