It’s been a week since I posted photographs, so it’s time for another look. We came in from the north, so let’s start with the Winnipeg River.
This is the Big Stretch, and it’s almost all frozen. There’s a little patch of water under the railway bridge at Minaki (off the right edge of this picture) and another little bit at the south end of the stretch, and that’s about it. Still plenty of snow cover, too.
We’ll come back to take a look at the headwaters when we get closer to town. First, let’s update Safety Bay and Keewatin Channel.
This photo is centred on Keewatin, looking south, and the expanse of ice in the foreground is Darlington Bay. Ice is softening on Safety Bay, and a narrow channel is opening up from near the Keewatin Bridge to near Cross Island, but Yacht Club Island is still ice-bound.
You can click on any of these pictures to see the full-resolution, zoomable version.
This is also the best of today’s shots to see further out onto the lake at how much ice there is, and how uniformly white the snow-cover is.
Okay, I said we’d revisit the Winnipeg River headwaters when we got closer.
We’ve turned east toward the airport, so this is the view down Palmerston Channel, with Dufresne Island at the left, and the bypass above the propeller spinner. Norman is at the right edge. Just above the nose of the aircraft is the east end of Darlington Bay, where there’s open water around Tunnel Island.
Let’s finish with a look at downtown Kenora.
Norman is at the lower right, with Coney Island stretching to the right edge of the picture. Zoom in to look at Devil’s Gap in the middle distance. Not a lot of open water out that way. Things look a little more spring-like in Norman Bay, Kenora Bay and the area around the Coney Island pedestrian bridge.
So, how are we doing? A quick look at my archives shows that we’re not doing as well as last year. Feel free to use the archive tool on the right sidebar to hunt down posts from past years. On March 20th of 2017, you could drive a boat to the Yacht Club. 2016 was a typical year: March then was not as good as 2017, but better than right now.
Cam went ice fishing again this last weekend, and he reports that he still had to drill through three feet of clear, strong ice. I’ve also heard at least one claim that there isn’t much current running, which is another negative factor.
To see real change, we need to strip off that snow cover that protects the ice. My first choice would be a good rainfall, and my second would be a few days of warm south winds. Sadly, the forecast is for flurries tonight, which will not help. In the longer run, there’s talk of a few cold days, then a milder spell, but then below normal temperatures as we wrap up March and head into April.
Spring is coming, Lake Dwellers, but it’s not coming very fast.