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Video: Man Walks On Frozen Lake

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It's been a brutal winter for much of the country thanks to countless days of sub-zero temperatures; many lakes are frozen including Lake Michigan.

A college student was caught on camera walking on Lake Michigan on Wednesday. The incident was caught on camera. When the student finally made it to shore, he was greeted by authorities and then taken into custody.

Those who want to walk on icy lakes should think twice. It is still unsafe to walk on, National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Birk said.

Small bodies of water, such as ponds, usually freeze over in an even sheet of ice, but a body of water as large as Lake Michigan "become like a jumble of ice chunks that are pushed together by waves," Indiana Dunes State Park spokesman Ken Kosky said.

The "shelf" ice on Lake Michigan is much weaker than the sheet ice on inland lakes, officials said. As waves crash together, ice chunks create air pockets and weak spots.

"It's not stable and cave-ins have occurred recently. Warming spring conditions will only make it more dangerous," said Brad Bumgardner, an interpretive naturalist with the Indiana Dunes State Park.

But Gill said the ice isn't all bad. More ice means less evaporation and with the heavy snowfall, lakes have been getting more water fill.

"It protects the lake levels," he said. "From a water level standpoint, it will bode well for us come this summer."

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