April 23, 2017: Joe Wedge

Joe Wedge took these pictures Friday evening, and forwarded them to my Twitter account (@timothygwyn) today.

This first one is Ptarmigan Bay. Joe says it’s completely ice-free there.

Ptarmigan Bay

Joe tells me this is Ady Island. The photo looks north, so that must be Copper Island in the background.

The second shot is of Shoal Lake, looking south towards Spike Point.

Shoal Lake.

That places the photo at the east end of Shoal Lake, by Carl Bay. Keep in mind that these pictures were taken two days ago.

I don’t have a picture from her, but Ashley Kolisnik went flying today and sent me a text update through the comment form. In case you missed it, she says Lake of the Woods is 99% ice free as of Sunday afternoon. She found only a little patch of ice south of French Narrows, down by Butterfly Island, and she estimates it as half a mile long and about as wide.

Thanks, Joe and Ashley!

It has been wonderful to see so many people contributing to the Ice Patrol this year.

I’m supposed to go flying tomorrow, and I hope to be able to get a look at the lake then. However, there is a forecast for a significant snowfall starting Monday and worsening through the afternoon and evening, so the weather may not cooperate.

 

3 thoughts on “April 23, 2017: Joe Wedge

  1. HI Tim,

    I believe that island is between Ptarmigan and Ash Rapids Bay. There should be a couple of buoys at the opening at the far end of that island.
    I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure that is the one.

    Thanks again for all the updates this year. The plan will be to head up to the lake this coming weekend to start on the boat prep. Looking at launching on the weekend of the 5th.

    Thanks
    Doug

  2. The first photo is taken shooting east down Ptarmigan Bay while flying north out of Ash Bay. Thanks to you for all your efforts to keep us apprised of ice conditions on the lake.

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