Andrew Kozlowski went looking for ice this morning. He didn’t find much. The three large patches of ice that Pam and I photographed yesterday have all shrunk. The Manitou is almost entirely clear and ice cover on Bigstone Bay has dropped from 75% to 30%. The only big patch of ice remaining is the one south of the Barrier Islands, and it’s much reduced.
A small patch of ice north of Scotty Island is all that remains of the ice in the Manitou.
This second shot looks east at Scotty, Middle and Hay Islands from over Mather Island. Ice that was hugging the west shore of Scotty is gone, but for three tiny floes.
This is the largest patch of ice remaining on Lake of the Woods. It is south of the Barrier Islands. This photograph is centered on Robertson Island, south of Allie Island, looking east.
This is an overview of that same patch of ice, with the Eastern Peninsula stretching out from the right side of the picture. Beyond that, Andrew Bay is all open water.
Just remnants of ice remain near Middle Island, and Bigstone Bay is more than half open.
A closer look shows that enough ice remains on Bigstone Bay to block boats from departing Pine Portage Bay from Northern Harbour.
These pictures were taken on Saturday, late in the morning. By evening, much of this ice will be gone, the rest will be going on Sunday, and we should be 100% ice-free by Monday.
Some ice may hold out on the south end of Shoal Lake for a day or two longer.