It was only a few days ago that I took a look at the ice, but today I had just a couple of minutes to circle over the lake before landing, so I snapped some fresh pictures. Cloudy skies and haze don’t make for the greatest clarity, so I have increased the contrast.
You can still click on the pictures to zoom in and get a better look.
We came in over Lower Black Sturgeon. It’s frozen. Actually, all the smaller lakes near Lake of the Woods are looking pretty solid: Longbow, Hilly, Silver… all frozen.
Ice on the Winnipeg River continues to give way, though. Here’s a look at the stretch of the river up around the Dalles. The water is gaining ground, so to speak.
Next, we swung the plane towards Keewatin. The photo below shows the south end of the Winnipeg River, and in the distance you can see Safety Bay has open water from Norman almost to Keewatin now.
To size up the amount of open water on Safety Bay, we kept going south west for a minute. In the picture below, notice how the water is reaching out towards Yacht Club Island.
The Keewatin Channel is melting further out past Shragge’s Island and The Tangle. We spotted two vehicles on the ice road. To me, they looked uncomfortably close to open water. Patches of water are breaking out quite close to Scotty Island now.
Last, I managed a shot of Devil’s Gap as we set up to enter the circuit for the runway.
That’s it for today. In summary, smaller lakes are holding fast, but although temperatures haven’t been that warm, the current is eroding ice on Lake of the Woods steadily. I expect the ice road landings to deteriorate soon, especially if we get some sunshine.