I finally had a flight and some decent weather on the same day. This morning I was able to start with a picture of Longbow Lake.
Longbow is about 80% clear now; all that is left is some drifting pan ice that is at the mercy of the wind. Ice like this can damage docks on a windy day.
You can click on these pictures to see a larger, higher resolution version, and you can click on that to zoom right in.
On the way back this afternoon I arrived from the east. This is Dogtooth Lake.
Although ice is prominent in this picture, notice how the south part of Dogtooth, at the left, is largely open. Next up is Route Bay.
Route Bay is letting go. Storm Bay, only partly visible at the right edge of the picture, is still ice-covered. Further back, you can see lots of ice on Bigstone Bay. No surprise there. But behind Bigstone, Moore Bay is mainly open, and I wasn’t expecting that. You might want to click for a closer look. I think there’s some open water around Queer Island, too.
Pine Portage Bay, home of Northern Harbour, is still frozen from shore to shore.
The picture above spans quite a stretch of ice, but in the top half of the picture you can see that open water now extends all the way from Channel Island to the tip of Scotty Island.
Here’s a little closer look at the patch of water between Lunny’s Island and Bare Point.
The photograph above shows Matheson Bay at the right. Further back, water is reaching out from Devil’s Gap to Galt Island and along the south shore of Rogers Island.
Lastly, Town Island, to show how much wider the channel has become.
I shot all of these pictures as I circled to land in Kenora. Because I arrived from the east, it was not practical to go far enough west to get good pictures of the Clearwater Bay area. Likewise, the Winnipeg River folks will have to wait until I am arriving from the north.
One of my contributing pilot friends might be able to get pictures of West Hawk and Falcon Lakes this evening, (no pressure, Dave!) and I have spread the word to some other pilots, too. That might bear fruit over the weekend, we’ll see.