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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

USFS BWCA Ice Out Report - May 7, 2014

We just received this ice out report from the Forest Service.

Superior National Forest Ice Update
May 6, 2014 PM report

Current Ice Conditions: Remember, ice is never completely safe and now is a particularly dangerous time. Also, ice packs shift with winds so the exact location of an ice pack may change quickly.

From FS pilots--a seeding mission was flown today and this is the pilot’s report:
  • There is very little open water right now. 
  • If we get a break in the weather, conditions may change very quickly—even as soon as this weekend.
  • Where there is current, ice is breaking up.
  • Much of Fall Lake is open and some portions of Pipestone Bay are open.
  • Smaller lakes and ponds are dark and are starting to break up. 
  • Portions of Birch Lake are beginning to open up. 
  • Most lakes east of Insula are pretty solidly ice-covered still. 
  • The Little Indian Sioux and Nina Moose (aka Moose/Portage Rivers) Rivers are open but the lakes are mostly still frozen. 
  • Reports from others: 
    • Much of the eastern end of Fall Lake is open.
    • The southern tip of Pipestone Bay was open to just north of Wegens Point two days ago.
    • The road into Mudro Lake is in very bad condition. Low clearance vehicles and two wheel drive vehicles will probably not make it.

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