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Ice-Out 2003

Ice Out at Two Island Lake - Photo Cook County Star

Ice is starting to move out on local lakes, like Two Island Lake. (Photo Cook County Star)

As of April 28th, most Boundary Waters lakes were still frozen.  Minnesota Climatology reported Lake Vermilion (St Louis County), Fall Lake (Lake County), and Saganaga Lake (Cook County) all as ice covered.  As of April 30th, Lorraine Anderson reported that most lakes up the Gunflint Trail were still ice covered, with the exception of Star Lake, which was wide open.  

Ice went off East Bearskin Lake May 2. Docks are being attached, boat and motors put into the lake, life jackets, paddles and canoes are coming out of storage. Bearskin Lodge is gearing up for the summer season and opener!  Abundant wildlife to view, moose, lynx, rabbits, several duck, and birds returning and today our first bear of the season!
A few trees and bushes are budding and the grass is turning green, spring flowers will be out soon.  A great time to be in the Northwoods before the bugs come out!

Thank you to those who posted your ice-out guesses for Gunflint Lake.  Robert from Gunflint Lodge reported that ice went out during the night on 5/4/03.

2003 Ice Out Poll
When will the ice go out on Gunflint Lake?
  percent
 1.)  March - April 5 1%
 2.)  April 6 - April 12 2%
 3.)  April 13 - April 19 6%
 4.)  April 20 - April 26 11%
 5.)  April 27 - May 3 19%
 6.)  May 4 - May 10 30%
 7.)  May 11 - May 17 16%
 8.)  May 18 - May 24 8%
 9.)  May 25 - May 31 4%
 10.)  June 2003 3%
  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

Minnesota Climatology reported ice-out on Saganaga 5/6, Lake of the Woods 5/6 and Rainy Lake 5/5.

send us your ice-out reports.

Lake Name County

Average  Ice-Out

Earliest Ice-Out

Latest Ice-Out

Years of Data

Fall Lake

April 28

April 10, 1945

May 19, 1950

51
Gunflint Cook

May 7

April 15, 1976

May 26, 1966

30
Island St. Louis

April 25

April 5, 2000

May 8, 1996

11
Mitawan Lake

May 1

April 18, 1955

May 20, 1950

21
Vermilion St. Louis

April 30

April 10, 1945

May 23, 1950

70
Burntside St. Louis

April 29

April 16, 1987 May 16, 1996 32

--Data courtesy Minnesota Climatology Group, Burntside data courtesy Mark Cherne

Ice out map of Minnesota.

Image Courtesy of the Minnesota DNR

 

 

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