File photo courtesy Sleepy Eye Chamber

The Sleepy Eye Sportsmen’s annual Ice Fishing Derby is scheduled for this Sunday, February 2, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Sleepy Eye Lake. To keep people safe, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office is restricting traffic on Sleepy Eye Lake that day

All vehicles other than ATVs, UTVs, and snowmobiles must be removed from the ice this coming Sunday by 8 a.m. From then on, vehicle traffic on Sleepy Eye Lake will be restricted to ATVs, UTVs and snowmobiles from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

During the restricted time, no vehicles will be allowed on the lake for any reason. During restricted times, fish houses may be pulled out only by ATVs, UTVs or snowmobiles in the restricted area.

The Sleepy Eye Sportsmen’s Club, who is hosting the ice fishing contest, and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office have worked closely to monitor the lake ice conditions and weather, since the current conditions have created a concern for public safety.