Friday, May 9, 2014

Ice Out Conditions May 8th, 2014. No Fly Overs Available due to Fog.

Current Ice Conditions: Changes from yesterday’s report are in red. Pilots were unable to fly today so that information is the same. Last night’s rain made a difference on some lakes. 
From FS pilots yesterday. No flights today:  
Newton (between Fall L and Pipestone) is open.
Pipestone is 60% open.
Jackfish is still frozen.
Mud is 50%, Rice is 80%, and Ella Hall is 20% open. 
Garden is 75% open. 
Kempton is open. Pickerel is 50%.
Wood is starting to open. 
Fall—there is ice on the west end and by the 4 Mile Portage.
Most of Basswood is tightly frozen but Back Bay is 50%. Hoist Bay is frozen. 
Lakes 1 thru 4—shorelines are open but still 75% ice. May see some changes in the next few days. 
Kawishiwi R. and west bound there is some open water and may open by the weekend. Gabbro and Bald Eagle (southern end) are 25%. Three Mile is 60%.
Snowbank and going east most of the lakes are frozen tight to the shore. 
Reports from others:
The N. Grassy road into Mudro Lake is passable
Burntside and Shagawa very dark—some open water along shore and near currents. 
Whiteface Reservoir—ice pack shifting, about 50% open.
Moose Chain to Prairie Portage: a lot of ice still, some open water on south end of Moose. May break up in the next few days. 
Vermilion has some open water, but is mostly ice covered. 
Road Reports from Gunflint (Grand Marais) Engineer:
The Grade:  (170) is snow free, but really rough – even “rutty”.
You can’t get into Wilson Lake Campground and probably won’t be able to for at least a few more days, probably not by this weekend.
From Lake County 7, going on FR 166 (600 Road) to the 342 Road, (Two Island River Road) there is about 1-2” of snow at the intersection of 166/342, so no travel down on the 342 road for several days.
From Lake County Road 7 to Richey Lake Road it is still snow covered, but passable by pickup or four wheel drive, car travel would not be advised.

Temperance River Road (343) you could drive up the first four miles but lots of trees were down.  There is still snow on the road, probably only advisable with a pick-up truck.

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