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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.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Boundary Waters Ice Out Update for May 9

We received the following info from the USFS today.

Reports from observers at landings:

•    In general, smaller, shallow lakes and rivers on the western half of the Superior National Forest are opening up.
•    Rivers on the east side of the forest are opening. Lakes are almost all still frozen.
•    There are no reports of any lakes associated with river entry points being open. The Little Indian Sioux and Moose/Portage (aka Nina Moose) River water levels are high.
•    Fall Lake is open from the Fall Lake Campground landing to the falls. Newton is open. Pipestone is iced in well south of Caribou Point.
•    Tofte, Moose, and Snowbank Lakes are still frozen.
•    Ojibway Lake has 8 feet of open water out from the public landing.
•    The Kawishiwi River leaving east from the Lake One landing is open.
•    Burntside is frozen.
•     Little Long and Fenske Lakes are almost completely full of ice.
•    Johnson (south of Ely off Hwy 21) is open.
•    Robinson Lake (west of Ely on 169) is open.
•    Birch Lake is still solid with white ice.
•    There is open water at the South Kawishiwi River Campground landing.
•    Sawbill Lake’s ice—from 23 inches down to 14 inches today.

Today’s Safety Message:

•    Please remember large masses of ice may shift. Even if there is a narrow channel open along the edge of a lake the opening may be pinched off suddenly.
•    Winds up to 30 mph are predicted for this weekend.
•    The water is dangerously cold. Wear your life preserver if you go out.

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