Ice out!

The ice finally went out of the lake a couple days ago, May 1. That is the latest since we began coming here in 1991. What a weird spring!

Let us review our history of the lake.

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May 23, 2007.How we like to think of our lake.

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October 7, 2007. A rare day: our lake is small, so we seldom see whitecaps.

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April 3, 2009. Migrating waterfowl are enjoying the open water. The aeration system keeps a small area open, but the size of this open are indicates that the ice has started to retreat.

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March 16, 2011. This must have been a particularly hard winter. A bit of open water by our sunken pontoon. It was probably kept that way from the outflow of our geothermal heating system. Note the wildlife tracks at the edge. Everybody likes to get a drink!

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March 15, 2011. Here is one of the wildlife now!

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March 16, 2011. Bald eagle looking for the open water. “Hey, buddy! It’s over this way!”

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January 13, 2013. A very windy day.

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March 27, 2017. Most of the lake is clear of ice; only that rotten sheet in the middle is left.

The sounds of the lake are interesting, too.


The spring peepers tonight. They were absolutely screeching! I have never heard them so loud. Guess they are trying to make up for lost time; ice-out and spring are about three weeks late this year.

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7 Responses to Ice out!

  1. Sparrowgrass says:

    Need a trigger warning when you are going to show all those pictures of ice.

  2. pacalaga says:

    That’s amazing! I’ve never lived someplace with peepers so I’d always assumed that noise was crickets and locusts.

  3. Kym says:

    The peepers have been especially loud here this year, too. (And late. But, then. . . so is everything this year.) We’re never up at our lake during the winter/early spring, so I’ve never watched the ice retreat. I think it would be much like yours. . . (apparently there is still quite a bit of snow in the woods up there). I love the wildlife photos!!! XO

  4. Kat says:

    I love those peepers! Great photos, especially that bald eagle! Have an awesome weekend!

  5. Nicole says:

    Neat photos! It’s fun to see the difference in the years.

  6. LOVe a lake. Love love love yours

  7. gayle says:

    Peepers! The true sign of spring! I heard them here a couple of nights ago and was heartened!
    Love seeing all the photos of your lake, even if they were full of crappy winter…

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