John Sweeney and Andy Zabloski flew today and returned from the north in the afternoon, so they helped me out with some pictures of the Minaki area.
Big Sand Lake, north of Minaki. Wind has driven the last of the ice to the shore.
You can click on any of these pictures to see a high-resolution, zoomable version.
The south end of Big Sand Lake and all of Sand Lake, with Minaki visible near the left side.
Sand Lake, with Minaki closer to the center of the picture. That white streak near the horizon is ice on Shoal Lake.
Winnipeg River, with Kenora in the distance, above the center of the photograph. The narrow lake near the top left corner is Lower Black Sturgeon, and the white patch at the top right corner is ice on the south part of Lake of the Woods.
In other news, the footbridge to Coney Island came out this morning. That’s scheduled when the waterway from downtown Kenora is otherwise open all the way to Devil’s Gap.
A quick glance at the start of my own flight at twilight revealed that there are some boats in the water at Northern Harbour. We didn’t look at more distant parts of the lake, because there wasn’t enough light to distinguish ice from water.
Satellite images from the last two days have not been good. I’d like to see what’s going on with ice on the southern parts of Lake of the Woods, but cameras on both Aqua and Terra satellites have been thwarted by cloud cover. Some parts of the lake can be glimpsed through gaps in the cloud, and do show the ice darkening, but we haven’t had a really clear image since May 7th.
Tomorrow I’m scheduled for a training flight, so I hope to get a better look around.