March did not warm up as much as I hoped, so the thaw has progressed gradually. As always, the lake is opening up starting at the headwaters of the Winnipeg River and spreading southwards.
A week ago, Safety Bay was about half ice and half water. Today it’s more like three quarters water. Today’s morning light didn’t provide good contrast between the water and ice, so you may find it helpful to click on these pictures to see them in full resolution.
The Harbourfront and Coney Island dominate the picture above. The Coney Island footbridge is fully afloat now, and the stretch of open water in front of the Lakeside Inn is growing larger. Ice roads are visible at the left.
Flying west down Safety Bay, I noticed that the main stretch is almost all open, with just a weak and cracking patch of ice near Birchwood Terrace and The Headwaters.
Further west, Keewatin Channel is slowly clearing, although I was disappointed to see that Yacht Club Island is still iced in. The photo above has Cameron Bay at the right in the foreground and the Keewatin Bridge is higher up at the right edge.
Turning south to look at Channel Island, there is more open water.
A little sunlight on the water helps to show that Canoe Channel will be open soon. South of Channel Island, it’s all ice.
People have been asking about the Town Island and Bare Point area. These will be the next sections to open up after Keewatin Channel, so I snapped this picture. The ice is pretty solid there. The red circle marks a vehicle on the ice road. If you click on the picture and zoom in, you can just about make out that it’s a pickup truck. Please don’t take that to mean that all the ice roads are safe- you can see one that leads right to the edge of the open water!