Let’s start with the bad news: there’s still a lot of ice out there. Because I usually train my camera on the areas where the ice is retreating, it can seem as if the lake is opening up fast. This photograph gives a broader perspective.Looking NW, with Town Island in the foreground at the left. Shragges Island is just above the center of the picture, Rogers Island is at the middle of the right side. Take heart; all that ice is much darker today.
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A closer look at the same area, concentrating on the open water.Back Channel, showing Channel Island and Shragges Island in more detail. Someone asked about Leisure Island the other day – not yet. In the distance, the patch of ice that stretches almost to the horizon on the left is White Partridge Bay.
Rat Portage Bay, with Crowe Island near the center, looking N towards Keewatin. This picture was taken in the morning, and it would still have been difficult to get through to Rat Portage Bay from Safety Bay.
I’ve focused on this area today because that’s where I saw the most progress. Northern Harbour is still ice-bound, in fact all of Pine Portage Bay looks really solid. Devils Gap hasn’t opened up much either.Looking NE down Rat Portage Bay with Gun Club Island sliding under the nose of the plane and Coney Island dominating the left side of the picture. It will be a while before boats are able to do much at the downtown Kenora end of the waterfront.
I know lots of people are anxious to hear about other parts of the lake: Crow Rock, Scotties and Middle Island, for instance, but for now there’s nothing to see out there except a vast expanse of white ice. As the thaw progresses, I’ll follow the water and take pictures in those areas. Stay with me.