We sure have been having a chilly spring this year! The temperatures feel a lot more like what a northern Minnesota springs should be like. We have been a little spoiled the past few springs! A slow moving weather pattern has been dumping some wet, heavy spring snow on us for the past week now.
I went out last week to drill a hole in the ice on Round Lake. We still have a foot of snow on top the ice which is keeping it very insulated (this was before received about 18″ of snow on Thursday night!). The ice is still around 26 inches thick. Reports from Sagananga Lake and Gunflint Lake are reporting around 30 inches of ice as well.
For those of you concerned for you upcoming canoe trips, we will keep you posted! It is a little to soon to tell for sure when the ice will come out. What the weather decides to do next week will make a lot of difference. We do know that the late spring should keep the water temps down making for some nice fishing opportunities. All this snow should keep the water levels up for the spring and the fire risk down as well!
The DNR has a nice website that shows ice out conditions across the state – http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ice_out/index.html. Keep your eye on that and on our blog, we will let you know as soon as the ice goes out!