On Monday May 6 the ice is for the most part gone. There remains some in the extremities of the various arms as I can still see ice to the North Arm towards Keewaydin, We are however travelling by boat to the landing and elsewhere in the hub. A mosquito sighting yesterday means that summer 2013 has officially begun.
Canoe to Ice May 4, 2013
This MODIS image was taken May 1. The North Arm clearly has areas of open water and the rest of the lake has ice that appears thinner (less reflective) than in previous images. The infrared image which shows the entire lake in deep blue- indicating ice of 3 inches or less or open water. Nippissing is almost ice free. Ottawa river is also ice free.
Break up photo from space ” April 28; Ice is pretty much off Wanapeti and
receding on Nippissing.
On March 12, after three days of warm temps and rain the lake was slush on top of maybe 24 inches of good ice. Imagine 12-24 inches of slush off the trails and even on the trails it was not good. After I jumped off the Bear Island road towards Loon Lodge and the TLA dock this is what I went through at about 5000 RPM/10 mph.
“Last trip home, snowmobile is on the dock, now we wait for open water – April 29, 2013”
Low Visibility Feb 23, 2013
Slush is up Feb 23, 2013