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03/04/2021 06:26PM  
 
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R1verrunner
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03/05/2021 12:33PM  
Looking at the temps things should start to happen in the not to distance future
 
03/06/2021 10:46AM  
Talking 62 degrees F. in a couple days in north central Minnesota. Snow in the fields will be gone pretty much by Sunday or Monday.
 
03/09/2021 11:37AM  
Average ice out for Burtnside lake is April 30th-we will beat that by 10 days I predict.
 
03/11/2021 11:21PM  
Some southern lakes will be ice free by Monday.
 
R1verrunner
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03/14/2021 06:11PM  
Bump
 
Speckled
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03/14/2021 06:13PM  
Latest Ice out - Gunflint Lake June 3rd, 1936.

 
03/14/2021 06:43PM  
Went out deer watching tonight on the gravel and checked the local lake, its about 4 miles long and mostly cattails on the north and south end. Water was open in the middle but shores still holding onto thin ice here in Southern MN.
 
Speckled
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03/14/2021 07:33PM  
Went to the cabin late this afternoon. It's between Ely and Two Harbors. Neighbor guy was out - said 23 inches of ice yet.
 
snakecharmer
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03/14/2021 08:15PM  
The ice went out yesterday on the neighborhood pond. The geese are jockeying for nesting position. Sandhill cranes were making quite a racket today in the backyard :)
 
WhiteWolf
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03/15/2021 02:24PM  
Speckled: "Latest Ice out - Gunflint Lake June 3rd, 1936.


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Yep-

Justine Kerfoot by record walked across Gunflint Lake on June 1st,1936. This was after the coldest FEB in history (( pretty close this FEB) --- followed by the warmest July in history. Take a hint anyone?? Climate changes big when then Oceans' temp play into your hands. 1936 was a classic as was 1950/ 1955 /1962 and 1996 amongst others. I would love to have known the surface water temps of say Basswood / SAG in July of 1936. 106F in Duluth. 105 in Fort Frances in mid July max temps- but this after 7-10 days of temps 95F or above. 1936 is the climate change junkies best year ever for the Upper Midwest.

Not saying we will meet or even come close to those ice out dates-- but if I had to bet- I bet on very warm to even hot summer- especially areas South and West of the BWCAW. Any moisture you can grab- grab now.
 
SunrisePaddler
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03/15/2021 05:42PM  
WhiteWolf: "Speckled: "Latest Ice out - Gunflint Lake June 3rd, 1936.



"



Yep-


Justine Kerfoot by record walked across Gunflint Lake on June 1st,1936. This was after the coldest FEB in history (( pretty close this FEB) --- followed by the warmest July in history. Take a hint anyone?? Climate changes big when then Oceans' temp play into your hands. 1936 was a classic as was 1950/ 1955 /1962 and 1996 amongst others. I would love to have known the surface water temps of say Basswood / SAG in July of 1936. 106F in Duluth. 105 in Fort Frances in mid July max temps- but this after 7-10 days of temps 95F or above. 1936 is the climate change junkies best year ever for the Upper Midwest.


Not saying we will meet or even come close to those ice out dates-- but if I had to bet- I bet on very warm to even hot summer- especially areas South and West of the BWCAW. Any moisture you can grab- grab now. "


Fascinating, WW. Thanks for sharing this.
 
03/15/2021 06:32PM  
Yes early spring means longer time plants and evaporation of water takes place. Water levels are very low in much of the state right now.
Things change very fast, but could be the year of long fire bans.
 
hobbydog
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03/22/2021 07:51PM  
The ice on Prior Lake has pulled back quite a bit and is getting pretty dark. An inch of rain and wind tomorrow could take it out. It should certainly be gone by this weekend with upper 50s and sun in the forecast for later this week.
 
03/23/2021 08:41AM  
I see we have ice out on a few lakes now down south.
 
R1verrunner
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03/23/2021 11:21AM  
yes it is starting.
 
03/25/2021 01:13PM  
Is this the year for a March paddle on Cedar/Isles/Bde Maka Ska??
 
R1verrunner
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03/28/2021 04:42PM  
bump
 
03/29/2021 08:50AM  
I didn't notice the early ice out. I was out grabbing moisture.

Another forecast tomorrow , without acknowledging the last one.
 
03/29/2021 10:05AM  
The wind and heat today you will see a lot of lakes start opening up.
 
Banksiana
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03/29/2021 03:56PM  
Gulls over Burntside. Ice will be gone within three weeks.
 
03/31/2021 10:29PM  

I finally checked off my 10th month of Minnesota paddling. Now I just need to figure out a way to get on the water in January and February. It was nice and warm until my hands got wet pulling my boat out. I was the only one out there other than the pleasant company of a few mallards, 2 couples of wood ducks, a crane and the first loon I've seen this year. The 1 1/2 hr paddle around Cedar and Isles was beautiful!
 
passthepitonspete
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04/02/2021 12:10PM  
Yous guys all know about these daily high-res satellite images of the area, right? You can follow the progress of the ice-out pretty easily.



NOAA Coast Watch Great Lakes Modis Satellite Imagery

Here's a shot from yesterday, April 1st 2021:



I fish for ice-out lakers and specks in Ontario - Algonquin Park or some other super-secret place - so I'm looking at the synoptic view. But I've found these images incredibly handy for trip planning.

The best spring lake trout [and brook trout] fishing begins 7-10 days after ice-out, and lasts two to three weeks. If you're there right after ice-out, it's kind of pointless as the fish remain deep. But in prime time, they have to be the easiest fish to catch that swim. Everything works - spoons and body baits flat-lined a long ways out in every colour you can try.

Fish the structure - if you can't see it, then it's too deep.

Cheers, eh?
Pete
 
04/02/2021 12:35PM  
I’ve went out here three days ago... about a month early. Then two nights of 13 degrees it froze up again and stayed socked in yesterday. But the wind is helping open things up again. Three weeks early anyways... Grand Rapids area...
 
Speckled
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04/02/2021 12:45PM  
passthepitonspete: "Yous guys all know about these daily high-res satellite images of the area, right? You can follow the progress of the ice-out pretty easily.



NOAA Coast Watch Great Lakes Modis Satellite Imagery


Here's a shot from yesterday, April 1st 2021:





I fish for ice-out lakers and specks in Ontario - Algonquin Park or some other super-secret place - so I'm looking at the synoptic view. But I've found these images incredibly handy for trip planning.


The best spring lake trout [and brook trout] fishing begins 7-10 days after ice-out, and lasts two to three weeks. If you're there right after ice-out, it's kind of pointless as the fish remain deep. But in prime time, they have to be the easiest fish to catch that swim. Everything works - spoons and body baits flat-lined a long ways out in every colour you can try.

Fish the structure - if you can't see it, then it's too deep.


Cheers, eh?
Pete"


Pete...thanks for sharing. I hadn't seen that before.
 
passthepitonspete
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04/02/2021 12:59PM  
Speckled: "Pete...thanks for sharing. I hadn't seen that before.
"


Pretty handy, eh?
 
gravelroad
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04/04/2021 01:44PM  
passthepitonspete: "Speckled: "Pete...thanks for sharing. I hadn't seen that before."
Pretty handy, eh? "


I prefer my remote imaging up close and personal. ;-)

Seagull this afternoon, courtesy of Seagull Outfitters at Seagull Outfitters webcam

 
hobbydog
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04/05/2021 01:36PM  
75 degrees in Ely today.
 
04/05/2021 03:26PM  
Satellite images sure show a lot of open water most everywhere but the arrowhead.

It's supposed to rain every day for a week in Ely starting Wednesday.

Prolly time to start taking ice-out bets...
 
gravelroad
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04/05/2021 04:13PM  
hobbydog: "75 degrees in Ely today. "

"It's always colder by the lake." :-)

 
04/05/2021 04:43PM  
Loons are staging here in northern Il. Thanks for sharing them for a week every year.
 
tumblehome
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04/05/2021 05:02PM  
I'm going in this Friday. I have a lake choice if there is liquid water and a river choice as plan B.

The earliest I've ever been paddling open water in the BWCA was April 1 of 2012. This year is insanely close to that. Almost unprecedented warm air. It's not right.

Tom
 
dschult2
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04/05/2021 05:30PM  
gravelroad: "passthepitonspete: "Speckled: "Pete...thanks for sharing. I hadn't seen that before."
Pretty handy, eh? "



I prefer my remote imaging up close and personal. ;-)


Seagull this afternoon, courtesy of Seagull Outfitters at Seagull Outfitters webcam


"


Thanks for this. I didn't know this was out there. Very useful as that the area I usually trip in.
 
04/05/2021 07:55PM  
VaderStrom: "
I finally checked off my 10th month of Minnesota paddling. Now I just need to figure out a way to get on the water in January and February. It was nice and warm until my hands got wet pulling my boat out. I was the only one out there other than the pleasant company of a few mallards, 2 couples of wood ducks, a crane and the first loon I've seen this year. The 1 1/2 hr paddle around Cedar and Isles was beautiful!
"


Hello fellow Cedar/Isles paddler! This is where I spend 90% of paddling. Many Fri or Sat evenings in the summer.
 
04/05/2021 10:32PM  
Too hot out. 82 degrees F.in Brainerd today and people tubing behind boat
 
BearBurrito
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04/06/2021 07:49AM  
tumblehome: "I'm going in this Friday. I have a lake choice if there is liquid water and a river choice as plan B.


The earliest I've ever been paddling open water in the BWCA was April 1 of 2012. This year is insanely close to that. Almost unprecedented warm air. It's not right.


Tom"


I'm heading in next Wednesday. I have a lake choice, and if that doesn't work out I was going to hike the sioux hustler trail. What river choice do you have as plan b if you don't mind me asking.
 
Wendigo41
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04/10/2021 11:33AM  
Many of the lakes around Ely have gone out, to include many parts of Vermilion.
 
gravelroad
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04/11/2021 02:44PM  
Looks like the walleyes in Sea Gull and the vicinity are gonna need that spawning protection from the DNR this year:

 
mr.barley
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04/11/2021 06:54PM  
Aldy1: "VaderStrom: "
I finally checked off my 10th month of Minnesota paddling. Now I just need to figure out a way to get on the water in January and February. It was nice and warm until my hands got wet pulling my boat out. I was the only one out there other than the pleasant company of a few mallards, 2 couples of wood ducks, a crane and the first loon I've seen this year. The 1 1/2 hr paddle around Cedar and Isles was beautiful!
"



Hello fellow Cedar/Isles paddler! This is where I spend 90% of paddling. Many Fri or Sat evenings in the summer. "
I use to go to the metro chain of lakes quite often around a decade ago even though I live 100 miles away. Something about paddling a paddle only metro lake chain that enjoyed. We'd start in Calhoun and go all the way through the tunnel to that little pondish lake. I've never taken my son for that cruise yet. Think I should this summer.
 
Mocha
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04/11/2021 07:02PM  
Check out cook county webcams. Shows many places in cook county. Looks like seagull outfitter bay is wide open
 
tumblehome
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04/11/2021 07:33PM  


This is Gabbro on Friday.
By Sunday it had all blown to the south shore but still a lot of ice.
It was to thick to crash but I did manage to get around the very edges of the lake with some occasional hopping out to drag the canoe over thick ice.

Good times for sure.

Tom
 
Wendigo41
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04/13/2021 05:36PM  
Shagawa went out this morning.
 
Voyager
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04/15/2021 10:41AM  
Good looking canoe Tumblehome. Looks pretty fresh. The ones we own are 80 years old and have darkened up considerably.
 
04/15/2021 05:25PM  
Today's satellite image makes it look like the west side of the BWCA is mostly but not entirely open. Take that with a satellite's worth of salt.

Snowbank is clearly still iced, and the east side lakes look to have snow on them - Brule, for example.
 
04/16/2021 12:55PM  
Pretty good images today - east side still mostly closed but not as white. Snowbank looks mostly but not entirely iced, and only part of LLC and Trout on the west side appear to have ice.
Again, take that with many grains of salt - satellite resolution is good but not great.
 
dschult2
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04/16/2021 01:31PM  
sns: "Pretty good images today - east side still mostly closed but not as white. Snowbank looks mostly but not entirely iced, and only part of LLC and Trout on the west side appear to have ice.
Again, take that with many grains of salt - satellite resolution is good but not great."

I'm confused or maybe I'm looking at the wrong link. All I see is cloud cover over where the BWCA would be and where it is open the only iced over lakes are north of Thunder Bay.
 
04/16/2021 02:40PM  
 
dschult2
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04/16/2021 03:33PM  
sns: "Try this:
Satellite image arrowhead 4/16 "

Thanks, now I see it.
 
tumblehome
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04/16/2021 05:44PM  
Voyager: "Good looking canoe Tumblehome. Looks pretty fresh. The ones we own are 80 years old and have darkened up considerably."

Ah yes, the canoe is a year old. The varnish and wood still look pretty new but it is starting g to darken some which I love. The cedar will darken a lot too as it gets more sun.

I love my wood canvas canoes. I will never paddle synthetic!
This is one I finished last month.


Tom
 
Mocha
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04/20/2021 07:00AM  
Looks like gunflint lake is out as much as can be seen on the gunflint lodge web cam
 
04/23/2021 09:34AM  
Yesterday's satellite was the clearest in some time.

Looks like everything in the middle and west is pretty open.

Saganaga clearly still has ice in the main body.

Most of the lakes along the gunflint appear to be pretty white, and for sure Brule is still largely solid.



April 22 satellite image
 
04/23/2021 10:15AM  
Mocha: "Looks like gunflint lake is out as much as can be seen on the gunflint lodge web cam"

Is that early, Mocha for that body of water? Seems like it usually goes out in early May?
 
04/25/2021 01:03PM  
Brule still has ice, as do some of the east-side lakes like Loon, South and Winchell.

But it sure looks like Sag is out.

April 25 sat image
 
04/28/2021 04:10PM  
And that's probably it...sure looks like the last holdouts (Brule, Winchell) are now all open.

4/28 Sat image
 
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