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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.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Boundary Waters Ice Out Update for May 10

 I snapped this photo at our shop in Ely a few minutes ago.  Yep, it's snowing.

Following is the most recent info we received from the Forest Service at 5:30 PM on May 10:

Today’s Safety Message: 
  • Predictions for winds today include gusts up to 38 miles per hour. 
  • Please wear a PFD if you venture out on the water.
  • Be careful with fire. Spring fuels dry out quickly.
  • Ice packs may shift dramatically.
  • Rivers may be dangerous.
  • High volumes of water are causing some dangerous landings at portages.
  • Currents are swift and unpredictable.
FS Pilot report (limited fire patrol flight this afternoon):
  • Fall Lake is mostly open. Newton is open. Pipestone is open up the middle almost to Caribou Point. The rest may open in a couple of days. Jackfish still has white ice.
  • The Nina Moose (Moose/Portage River North) is open and Nina Moose Lake is about 80% open. Agnes is only 40 % open.
  • Dumbell, Sawbill, and most lakes of any size on the east side are still frozen.
  • Moose Lake is mostly frozen.
Reports from people on the ground:
  • Farm Lake is frozen.
  • Sawbill still at 13 inches of ice.
  • Lake One appears to be open from the landing past Kawishiwi Lodge—how much farther is not known.

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