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We are a Boundary Waters canoe trip outfitter, Quetico outfitter, and guide service in Ely, Minnesota. This Boundary Waters blog shares photos, stories, humor, skills, and naturalist insights from guiding in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

Most entries are from our founder and head guide, Jason Zabokrtsky. He is the Boundary Waters Blogger.

Monday, May 9, 2011

BWCAW Ice Conditions - Ice is Out on Ely Area Lakes

As of May 8, 2011, the Forest Service reports that most all lakes in the Ely area are open.  The full Forest Service report follows:

Overview: With few exceptions, roughly any lake that is of any size east of a line running south of Big
Saganaga Lake still has quite a lot of ice.

Lakes in LaCroix and Kawishiwi Districts: Most lakes are open including Basswood and Knife Lakes.

Lakes in Tofte and Gunflint Districts:

Open: Ogishkemuncie, Sea Gull, Little Saganaga, and the western half of Gunflint, Little Cascade; Sawbill; Perent, Isabella.

Some Ice: Tuscarora (floating scraps), Loon (south of Gunflint Lake) is mostly ice, Homer has scraps of ice.

All Ice: Cherokee, Frost, and Brule still have ice tight to the shore—and mostly any lake of any size east of these lakes ; Gabimichigami, Gillis, Cherokee, Winchell, Brule, Loon and Davis; Cascade, Tait, and Clara; South Temperance; Alton, Beth; Devil’s Track.

Couldn’t see: Dumbell and Silver Island Lakes.

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