May 21, 2014: I Think It’s ALL GONE

Old man Winter was a sore loser this year. When the ice finally went out, he sulked in fog so thick I could not go flying to make sure. No one has reported significant ice remaining on Lake of the Woods for a day or two now, and I think it’s gone. Just to make sure that there were no massive ice jams, I drove out to Northern Harbour today. I could not see any ice in Pine Portage Bay.

So Ice Patrol ends without a final set of photographs this year. It’s always tricky to catch the last day or two, and this year, poor weather made it impossible.

I dropped in on James Hendy at River Air’s Kenora floatplane dock this morning, and he tells me that not only is there no ice on Lake of the Woods that can be seen from planes flying near town, but also that many of the northern outpost lakes are opening up now.

I heard from Garry Hawryluk, and he reports that the Manitou is open all the way down to Crow Rock, finally blowing open in light winds on Monday the 19th.

I have not had any reports from Shoal Lake,  Just got this from Matthew:

Shoal lake 80% clear to dominique island from Holmstroms landing 2 pm.
East track from clytie bay to narrows is pretty much open from what I could see.
From the reserve out to cash island and farther had the majority of ice. was where the flow was heading.
Cannot speak beyond south of Dominique island, will have a aerial view by 8 am.
Majority of ice should be gone by Friday pm. Take your time, wear polarized glasses.

but I did hear that West Hawk opened up a few days ago.

I think we can get on with Summer. I have planes to fly and books to write. I hope you have fun lined up, too.

One last thing. Please remember that floatplanes have the right of way when landing or taking off. I’m not making that up; for those critical phases of flight, that is the rule. Please keep an eye on the sky, especially in Safety Bay, which is a Licenced Water Aerodrome. When airplanes are on the water, you may treat them like any other boat, but I urge you to consider that they have no brakes and steer poorly, especially on windy days. I advise giving them a wide berth.

This blog will now go dormant for the next ten months or so, but it will come back to life in time for next year’s thaw.

Have a safe summer, Lake Dwellers, and thanks for all the support.

Tim Armstrong

 

 

23 thoughts on “May 21, 2014: I Think It’s ALL GONE

  1. thank you for such a wonderful service! Happy summer. Dawn Whiting Advertising Sales – Lake of the Woods Area News 501 Third Street South Kenora ON P9N 1J2 T 807 468-6250 866 468-6250 Fax 807 468-7495 dawnwhiting@areanews.ca

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  2. Shoal lake 80% clear to dominique island from Holmstroms landing 2 pm.
    East track from clytie bay to narrows is pretty much open from what I could see.
    From the reserve out to cash island and farther had the majority of ice. was where the flow was heading.
    Cannot speak beyond south of Dominique island, will have a aerial view by 8 am.
    Majority of ice should be gone by Friday pm. Take your time, wear polarized glasses.
    Cheers

  3. I tell lyou sitting here in Vancouver we sure loved your photos and blog. Had never seen the lake at this time so – so special. Thanks lots. Windy Isle

  4. Thank you it was great hearing about what the conditions were. Hope to see you this summer. Safe flying….Donna

  5. Thanks very much Tim. We have water access and we really appreciate the time and effort you put into this so we had some idea when we might be able to go. Murray

  6. Thankyou it was great.

    Robert DYCK ptarmingan bay. Got to the cottage Saturday threw some ice. Left completely Monday at noon. Thanks again

    Robert DYCK SMITTYS STEINBACH

  7. Thank you Tim, your updates and comments are greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful summer and good luck with the book.
    Please give Caroline a big hug for us and hopefully we have an opportunity to connect this summer.

    Take care, and safe flying.

    Doug and Nora.

  8. Thanks so much for the service. I have enjoyed every post since my brother Doug Kilpatrick (of Anchor Island) alerted me to your blog. Have a safe and happy summer. Dorie Howard

  9. We were hooked, Tim!
    This blog became part of our routine weather watching…….patiently and mostly impatiently waiting for the spring that wasn’t.
    Thank you.

    The Moncriefs
    Keewatin

  10. Thank you for all your posts! Although it was a late spring your blog and photos made it very interesting and enjoyable as we were able to see the conditions as they progressed! Very much hooked! I usually reposted on facebook as I knew there were followers…hopefully they too signed up. Have a great summer…will watch for you next spring.

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