Well, it is cold with no snow. Ice boaters are happy and are sailing around on their blades but the ice is not smooth enough for skating. There some open spotsin the normal places and there are some other places where the is sort of a crust on top of the ice with air between that layer and the more solid ice. Where the ice is solid, it is 8 or more inches thick. The picture shows some places where the snow didn’t completely melt and is white and other areas where the snow completely melted so it is clear and dark.
One place that often has open water at this time of year is between Cate and Stamp Act, by the sand bar. There must be a spring there that causes water to up-well like a bubbler. Obviously, you would get wet if you tried to iceboat in this area. This is why, if you don’t “know the lake well in winter”, you should always ask for information before you venture out.
The ice boaters are out and because the ice isn’t completely smooth, you can hear their boats moving across the lake at great distances. If the wind is coming your way, you can literally hear them across the lake.
Walking around the lake, there are places where the ice has wonderful patterns.
The picture below shows thousands of 1/8 inch air bubbles trapped in the ice. One place I passed yesterday that swirls of white that looked like cirrus clouds.