The webcam is finally working again, just in time to watch the ice go out. We hope.
Spring has been slow to appear on the Gunflint Trail. Our “Day by Day at Bearskin Lodge” Flickr picture website serves as a diary of daily weather changes. This photo is from early April, 2008:
However, today’s webcam photo does provide glimmers of hope. Here is the lake today on April 28, 2009. No, it’s not exactly swimming weather out there yet, but there’s water around the edge and the ice looks fairly mushy. Docks have finally reappeared from under the snow and ice:
But I was surprised to see that this was the lake at the same time last year. Definitely more melting had occurred last year, but it’s not a dramatic difference.
On this date last year, Kaitlin took a kayak out on the edge of the lake. She couldn’t do that yet this year. But she’ll be here another week before she heads out to Auburn, New York for the summer. She might still get a chance.
Historically, the ice on East Bearskin Lake goes out around May 7th-8th, although I found this excited report from 2003 on BWCA.cc: Ice went off East Bearskin Lake May 2. Docks are being attached, boat and motors put into the lake, life jackets, paddles and canoes are coming out of storage. Bearskin Lodge is gearing up for the summer season and opener! Abundant wildlife to view, moose, lynx, rabbits, several duck, and birds returning and today our first bear of the season! A few trees and bushes are budding and the grass is turning green, spring flowers will be out soon. A great time to be in the Northwoods before the bugs come out!
We definitely won’t make that early date. Last year the ice went out at about the average date, May 8th, even though right up to the last minute we thought an ice auger would be the essential equipment needed for the fishing opener. Warm temperatures are forecast for awhile now. Any guesses for this year’s ”ice out” date? Post your guess by making a comment below. We’ll see who comes the closest.