The lake is definitely looking like the ice will go out. There are large sections that are ice free. An ice breaker made it to the Sister Islands and back and other boats have been out including a kayak or two. There is supposed to be wind and rain on Monday, April 20th, so this may clear the ice. It has to be off all the shores so that boats could be launched but sometimes this happens quickly. Winds are a bit part of it. At 2:30, parts of Townsend Shore are still hanging tough. Big chunks of ice, don’t think anyone would want to launch through it.
It is feeling a bit more like spring there with snow melting and a few days with temperatures in the 60s. Hit 70 yesterday, the 13th! But there is still ice on the lake. At the bottom of this article is the Guesses and previous ice out dates are included. On the morning of the 12th it was possible to ski on the lake although there were obvious places not to go. It was below freezing so things were firm. The surface 4 inches were honeycombed ice, typical of what is made out of slush when it freezes and then a inch deep layer of water before you hit the 8 to 10 inches of hard ice below. The white in the picture is generally 1/4 inch of old snow over the honeycombed ices and the grey areas just don’t have that snow on them.
The picture is looking at Gunstock Mt. with Cate and Stamp Act in the foreground. An eagle was on the nest and I said goodbye until I can get out in a boat. With the temperature rising to near 70, I didn’t think that skiing on the lake in the afternoon would be possible. Might have been but I didn’t event try. There has been open water at the edges with the picture below near Brummitt Island. Open water extends between Stamp Act and Cate.
Along the beaches, water is now visible. The edges get more sunlight and with small changes in water level that happen during the winter months, the ice is weaker there as well. The warm April sun has lots of energy and is as high in the sky as late August.
And finally, ducks are returning as well as geese who are less desired…. These ducks were in a swamp and there was more open water but they seemed happy swimming along the water channels in the ice. Most people would not like their feet in icy water but they don’t seem to mind.
Ice probably will take another week to 10 days to go out. Some people have already lost the Ice Out Contest and the May guesses probably won’t win but you never know.
Previous Ice Out Dates:
2005 Apr. 17 5:30 PM
2006 Apr. 1 12:00 PM
2007 Apr. 23 6:00 AM
2008 Apr. 23 8:00 AM
2009 Apr. 12 6:00 AM
2010 Mar. 23 3:00 PM
2011 Apr. 20 2:30 PM
2012 March 22 12:00 PM
2013 Apr. 14 3:15 PM
2014 Apr. 19 3:00 PM