Sunday, March 11, 2007

Thinking spring yet?

Satellite images tell all: no canoeing yet!

It's about the time year we start getting calls from anxious anglers planning their spring "ice-out" canoe/fishing trips. Here's what we know so far:

  • winter campers in Algonquin Park have reported average ice thicknesses of about 10" on some interior lakes. This is about half what we would expect at this time of year!
  • larger Algonquin Lakes were not completely frozen until the first week or so of January. Normally all lakes are iced over well before Christmas!
  • heavy snowfall in February and rapidly dropping water levels combined to cause seepage and slush formation, resulting in poor-quality ice.

Despite the recent cold snap in early March, which may have caused some ice formation, all these signs indicate a good possibility of early ice-out. We will keep you posted as we learn more!

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