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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.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Boundary Waters Ice Out Updates

The US Forest Service is providing the following current ice information.

Superior National Forest Ice Update - May 8, 2013

From FS pilots: They flew a west patrol yesterday from Jackfish west and south to Birch and Vermilion Lakes.
  • Everything was still frozen. Many lakes were still frozen right to the shoreline.
  • Fall Lake had the most open water around the edges but was still 80% ice covered.
  • Birch, Vermilion, Burntside, western Basswood including Pipestone and Jackfish Bays, S. Farm, and White Iron were frozen.
  • There was a little open water near the bridge on the northern end of White Iron and a little open water on the southeast end.
Reports from others:
  • Rivers are running hard but the lakes are not open.
  • Some people are venturing out over the ice (very dangerous!) only to find themselves confronting more ice.
  • A few smaller lakes are very black and may open with rain or wind.
  • Sawbill Lake had 23 inches of ice on it yesterday.

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