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.