Candled Ice:

At the last stage of melting lake ice, water penetrates the fissures in the ice’s crystal structure. The hexagonal crystals, about the size of a pencil, are loosely linked together, and float in clumps, making a tinkling noise as they grind together.

Kayaking, canoeing or rowing through it is mesmerizing. But if you’re tempted to try it, remember that the water is freezing cold, so take precautions.


This is a photo of Rabbit Lake taken on April the 9th of 2017. The texture of candled ice stands out in the early morning light.



A handful sized chunk of candled ice, set gently on a wooden dock.



The same ice, after picking it up and dropping it on the dock from about knee height. PLINK! The individual crystals are revealed.


The Glossary page on Lake of the Woods Ice Patrol is a slow-moving project. One day, it might take the form of a list of terms, with a short definition and a link to photographs. So far, it has just the one entry for Candled Ice, because I have pictures of that. Ultimately, I’d like to have pictures of Frazzel Ice, Ice Ridges and so on. Leave a comment if you’re enthusiastic for me to get to work on it, or if you have pictures that might help.