I received pictures from three contributors today, so here they are in chronological order.
All the pictures are zoomable if you click on them to see them full-screen.
First, some fresh pictures of the south end of the lake, from Minnesota based pilot Josh Broten. These were taken in the last hours of April: the evening of the 30th.
The first picture looks south east at Springsteel and Warroad. Muskeg Bay has a lot of open water, and the ice that remains is candled and disintegrating.
Looking east over Buffalo Bay.
Looking east across Big Traverse to Big Island and Bigsby Island. Looks like open water in the distance, east of Bigsby.
Looking north over Oak and Flag Islands, with water all the way up to Big Narrows. North of Sunset Channel still seems to be ice.
Little Traverse, with open water to the east in Ontario.
Now to the more northerly part of the lake and some pictures from the Belairs, taken today.
Twelve Mile Portage, looking north west.
And again, looking south.
Mazies Island, over the window vent, then Scotty Island, and behind that the Manitou with Whiskey Island in the distance. Ice on the Manitou looks pretty rotten.
Lunny’s Island looking west. Scotty Island is at the left edge, Town Island is partly hidden by the wing spar at the right.
Thanks, Kelly, Ashley and Taylor.
Lastly, two pictures from Andy Zabloski, taken from one of the MAG Canada King Airs.
Overlooking Coney Island and Rat Portage Bay, with Devil’s Gap right at the blurred propeller tip.
A better look down Bigstone Bay. Lots of ice out there.
Thanks Andy, and everyone who has made Ice Patrol possible this year.
Overall, I’d have to say the ice seems to be going fast, and the rain today and tonight could accelerate that. Thaws that get off to a late start can be rapid. On the other hand, the weekend is forecast to be cool, with daytime highs in the single (Celsius) digits, and overnight lows near or below freezing.