BWCA Is the BWCA still paddleable with this warm November weather? Boundary Waters Listening Point - General Discussion
Chat Rooms (0 Chatting)  |  Search  |   Login/Join
* For the benefit of the community, commercial posting is not allowed.
Boundary Waters Quetico Forum
   Listening Point - General Discussion
      Is the BWCA still paddleable with this warm November weather?     

Author

Text

11/15/2023 11:16PM  
Just curious for future reference.

I know things were freezing up ten days ago or so, but have the lakes been re-opening with this warmer weather or has the freeze-up just been frozen in time?

If open, has anyone dared an overnight trip beyond an entry point lake?

Thanks!
 
      Print Top Bottom Previous Next
marsonite
distinguished member(2465)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished member
  
11/18/2023 02:03PM  
I don’t think so. I see that Robinson Lake, visible on the MNDOT webcam still has ice. Once lakes freeze, it takes a lot of heat to melt the ice, and with the short days it’s going to take awhile. You might be able to get out on some deeper lakes that have deep water portage landings.

 
Finnboy
distinguished member (149)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished member
  
11/19/2023 08:07AM  
Most of the creeks and small bays have remained frozen. Take that into consideration for entry points and routes. A few of the small lakes that froze over have some open water again. Colder calm nights will freeze things up again. By the end of this week some lakes will lock up again.
 
Finnboy
distinguished member (149)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished member
  
11/19/2023 08:14AM  
For reference I drove past Little Indian Sioux yesterday and it was frozen as far as I could see at 1:00 PM.
 
11/20/2023 03:33AM  
brulu: "Just curious for future reference.

I know things were freezing up ten days ago or so, but have the lakes been re-opening with this warmer weather or has the freeze-up just been frozen in time?

If open, has anyone dared an overnight trip beyond an entry point lake?

Thanks!"


For future reference be aware that northern Minnesota has some of the least predictable weather of anywhere in the world. What you see this year may be far different in another year. Some years I have been ice fishing on Thanksgiving day with more than 6" of ice on the small lake. This year it might be open water.
 
Stumpy
distinguished member(2087)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished member
  
11/20/2023 06:37AM  
As two guys I trapped with, in Atikokan, in 95 said...as being surprised at the early ice-up, on Halloween .....
"Oh, look at that, those lakes are froze up cock stiff !"
 
11/20/2023 10:12AM  
Once a lake starts to freeze, it seems to rarely re-open.
 
thegildedgopher
distinguished member(1600)distinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished memberdistinguished member
  
11/20/2023 06:45PM  
What about something with moving water like the granite river route? I’d think Gunflint > magnetic might still be open and then you’re on the river with current all the way up to sag and probably open water all the way back to the landing by VCO? As was said, this year can never be used to predict the future, but in equal conditions i would guess that route might be one of the last to freeze up?
 
      Print Top Bottom Previous Next