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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, March 26, 2012

Ice Out?

We've fielded some questions about ice out around Ely lately.  After record-setting warm temps recently, we've settled in to more seasonal temps.  It was well below freezing this morning.  Some of the small lakes that historical open up first (e.g., Johnson Lake and Robinson Lake) are now open.  However, the lakes that tend to go out in the second wave of openings (e.g., White Iron Lake and Shagawa Lake) are still mostly covered in ice.  But, it's looking like it could go any time, and probably before April 1.  The big border lakes such as Basswood and Crooked that tend to be the later ones to open up are still ice-covered, and it is unclear when they may be ice free.  There's a little known fishing rule related to the border waters that has some folks chomping at the bit for the ice to go out on Basswood and Crooked Lakes. 

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