If you are willing to go a little further into Canada, I would recommend Hollinshead Resort, a few hours north of Thunder Bay. The resort is the only one on the lake, and in June offers excellent Walleye Fishing, as well as some dandy Northern Pike. It's somewhere you can drive to as well.
I’m still seeing very random thicknesses all over. In the past few days I’ve been from St. Cloud to Winnie and have seen vehicles on the ice and open water on the same lake.
I’m in Little Falls. Tonight I checked 2 lakes NW of town. Both had people fishing. One looked to be safe for wheeler travel and the other, very near it, still had an open lead and you could see the difference between the first sheet of ice and the second.
I hope it doesn’t get covered with snow anytime soon so we can still tell where the changes are.
Be safe. Bring floatation and picks. And don’t drive yet!
I was out on Round Lake last night (12/9/17) for the first time of the year. I was very surprised to see 12 inches of ice. I checked a few other holes and found anywhere from 11-12 inches. Keep in mind, I was about 300 yds out from the southeast shoreline. I’m not sure if it’s consistent across the middle of the lake. I only saw one group with a snowmobile. All other groups walked out, at least where was.
Anyone have any reports for ice thickness on other lakes in the area?