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SkunkedAgain

I can't get a hold of my neighbor. I assume that he's been hunting. Are the small bays frozen yet? The Pike Bay East webcam (https://www.lakevermilionresorts.com/webcams/) makes it look like the bay is frozen. I'm more interested in Black Bay specifically. Anyone know if the ice is walkable yet? I'm trying to decide if I can walk it this weekend.

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Big V Bobcat

I can't speak specifically for Black Bay, but the channel leading to Black Bay was still wide open yesterday. Some of the small bays along the channel started to get a little ice in them. I'm assuming BB is still wide open though.

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CigarGuy

I'm up here right now hunting.  Was on a bluff close to my place looking toward Black Bay, it's wide open the full length of the Partridge River.  Like Big V said, BB has to be wide open.  It's also been pretty windy the last few days, which doesn't help.  I'm pretty sure Gary is your neighbor-is John L, also one of your neighbors?  If so, the little bay in-front of the new property he purchased is iced-in about 75yds out.  Lows are forecast for single digits a couple nights this week and Thursdays low is -1. 

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SkunkedAgain

Yup, Gary and John are my neighbors. Thanks for the reconnaissance. I would bet that it will ice up this week but I'll check in later this week. I appreciate the info. I'm at least glad that the bay didn't slush up with last week's snow. I would love some solid ice this season.

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CigarGuy

Partridge River capped last night all the way across as far as I could see.

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SkunkedAgain

Great news! Now I just need to convince my daughter that it would be a fun trip to go up and finish installing the baseboard heaters....

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SkunkedAgain

It worked! She's in and we will be wheels up tomorrow night or Saturday. Walkable ice this early is pretty unusual as it usually takes until December to set enough with all of the snow cover.

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delcecchi

15 below, great time to work on the cabin.  Hope you weren't counting on the heaters....:D

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Cliff Wagenbach

Checked the ice out of the Casino landing this morning. 4+ inches of solid, clear ice out about 100 yards from the landing!

It will not be long now before I will feel safe to walk out in a few sheltered spots!

Cliff

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SkunkedAgain

The ice in Black Bay was 5-6" deep on Saturday. It was beautiful, strong ice.....perfect for my daughter and I to skate on.

I did get those new heaters in Del, but the wood fire did most of the work. It was nice to set the heaters to 50 degrees overnight and have the heaters kick on after the fire had died out. I've always liked rebuilding the fire in the middle of the night, but I like sleeping even more!

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Spearing Machine

Tonight on Pike Bay under an inch and a half of snow. Closer to 6 inches on the bare ice areas. Unreal how quick things happened this year. If this storm on Friday holds off we'll be in great shape looking at forecast.

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mrpike1973

Please excuse my ignorance is this on Lake Vermillion?

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Spearing Machine

Yes, Pike Bay is on the east end of lake Vermilion, Cliff is speaking of Everett Bay just west of Pike Bay but also on Vermilion and Black Bay too is on the NW side of the lake. 

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SkunkedAgain

These are all smaller bays of course, and main lake areas are still open. In the fourteen years that I've owned my place, I have not gotten to my place on solid ice much before mid-to-late December. This year is a real treat. The layer of snow gave decent traction for walking, but my neighbor's snowmobile needed a push to get moving because the ice was so slick.

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guideman

Most of the snow has melted off the ice on Pike bay today, warmed up to 40 degrees today and it's raining right now. ;) "Ace"             

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JerkinLips

Looks like Big Bay is still open, so I don't think I'll be ice fishing Thanksgiving Day weekend.  I'm guessing the Big Bay will freeze this Sunday or Tuesday.  Lake should be walkable by December 2 when I plan to go up.

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Nix769

Thanksgiving would be nice...but first week of December still works!   Rogers on Red is already allowing wheelers and sleds...no side by sides yet.

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