Well as of this report on May 12, 2014, much of it is anyway.
Current Ice Conditions: Warm weather this weekend plus some rain and wind have made big differences.
A short flight was flown today. Longer flights are scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday if weather permits.
Basswood: Jackfish, Hoist, Wind, and Back Bays all appear open. Bailey Bay is not open but likely to
change in the next few days. Moose Chain to Prairie all open.
Burntside: east and west arms open, ice in channel and some in North Arm.
White Iron, Bear Island, and Shagawa are open.
Snowbank and east of Alice Lake are mostly still full of ice. Shallower bays in Snowbank are opening.
Rivers are mostly open and lakes (except for a few large ones) are mostly open from Snowbank going
Outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Crescent, Fourmile, Toohey, and Lichen are
We hope to have more information and more open water in the next few days.
This report will be linked to the ice conditions alert on the Superior National Forest website:
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Ice is Out 2014
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