I’ve been holding off on really starting work on the Ice Patrol this year because Kenora has been very cold for the last week or so. The ice has been getting thicker, not thinner. But hey, it’s the middle of March, so when the opportunity to fly over Lake of the Woods came up today, I grabbed some pictures.
Don’t get your hopes up. There’s a lot of ice out there. In fact, I had to look hard to find any open water at all.
The picture above looks north from a position over Anchor Island. Town Island is just above the wingtip, and above that you can make out Kenora’s downtown. Don’t forget, you can click on these pictures to see a larger version.
At the left of this photo, you can see a little open water in the Keewatin Channel, but it doesn’t connect to anything yet.
It’s common to find a stretch of open water near the Keewatin bridge at this time of year, but not today. There’s a patch of white ice there that looks as if it melted during that mild spell in February, then refroze in March.
Further away from town, there are small patches of water where the current flows between the Barrier islands, but on the whole, the lake looks like a continuous sheet of solid blue ice.
I was able to fly as far west as Clearwater Bay and I got a fairly good look at Shoal Lake. It’s all ice out that way, too.
Milder temperatures are expected by the end of this week, but we’ve got some catching up to do.