If you’re a regular here, you know that I take my pictures where the ice is melting. There’s no point taking pictures far out on the lake, it’s all unbroken ice at present. Where the water is opening up right now is the Winnipeg River and it’s headwaters near downtown Kenora.
So let’s take a little cruise from Minaki to Kenora.
Remember, you can click on any of these pictures to see them full-screen, and click on that larger version to zoom them to full resolution.
This first picture shows the south end of Sand Lake, with Minaki above and left of center. The lake behind it that looks like a fried egg is Gun Lake. Anyway, there’s some slush visible, but not much in the way of water.
Next up, the Big Straight.
Mostly slushy conditions in the Big Straight, a few modest patches of water.
Then The Dalles.
The Dalles is always early to open up. Like Safety Bay in Kenora, it has a strong current. These two sites are where water bomber pilots come to do their spring training.
Still looking south as we approach Dufresne Island.
Then the area around the Kenora Bypass.
Quite a lot of open water in this area.
Keewatin’s iconic bridge and the water reaching out from Safety Bay towards the Yacht Club. It’s not hooked up to the water in Keewatin Channel yet, but that will be a milestone in the next week or so.
A quick shot out the side window (looking west) to take in Darlington Bay.
That big building near the bottom of the picture is the Keewatin Rec Center.
A closer look at the Keewatin Channel.
Not much change to the amount of open water, but I think the slush zone has expanded.
This looks east over Golf Course Bay. You can see the Kenora airport at the upper left corner because we’re lining up to land. I took this one to show that open water is expanding south (upcurrent) from Devil’s Gap past Treaty Point.
I’ve updated the satellite picture links. On today’s False Colour image from the Aqua satellite, you can see some stretches of open water on the Winnipeg River. It shows as black against the bright blue ice, and it corresponds well to what I saw from the plane today. There are patches of water as far north as Whitedog.
My next flight should be on Wednesday, a day that’s forecast (for now, anyway) to be warm with a chance of showers. Rain showers don’t make for good photography, but they’re great for removing snow cover. We’ll see.