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Royal_Dutchman

 

March 4, 2018:
We know everyone is waiting for River updates....We haven’t made the 120 miles round trip to International Falls to check yet. Grants Dad does drive that way once a week and when we know more we will let you know. We are hoping to have a report in a few weeks as there is quite a bit of ice on the river still.

March 11th, 2018:
   As of Wednesday there was no improvement on the river opening up. The temperatures have not been that warm with very little melting happening. Also the we have had some pretty cold nights in the single digits and low teens. This coming week looks like we should have warmer weather so hopefully it will get things moving.

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March 13th, 2018:
   I had seen reports of the river being open near Indus so I decided to check it out. This picture is 15 miles east of Birchdale Landing. This was the best spot to get a picture but I did see the end of open water 14.6 miles east of Birchdale. For those wondering the open water is about 39 miles to our docks. The temperature was around 36 today. Looks like things are moving in the right direction.
  Grant and I were thinking this year was going to be like 2014. I just looked at that years report and where the river is today is ahead of 2014 by 13 days (Birchdale was open for all boats April 8,2014). Hopefully this means by that last weekend in March Birchdale Landing will be open.

This is 15 miles east of Birchdale Landing:

03.13- 15 miles east of birchdale.jpg

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March 14th, 2018:

  Our friend Cathy shared this picture with us of the river being open 13 miles east of Birchdale

03.14  13 miles east of birchdale.jpg

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March 18th, 2018:

    Grant I just got back from checking the river.  The river is open 7.1 miles east of Birchdale Landing.  We took a picture of where the open water ended and at the Manitou Rapids.  We are suppose to stay in the low 30s for our high temps this coming week and the teens for lows.  We will share posts from Cathy as we get them and will probably check the river again wednesday or Thursday afternoon.

 

3.18 7.1 miles east of birchdale.JPG

3.18 Manitou Rapids.JPG

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March 22nd, 2018:
   We checked the river around 5:30pm and the temperature was 40 degrees.  We were surprised that the river is just about 1.5 miles east of Birchdale Landing.  You can see open water to the east (where the river bends) while standing on Birchdale Landing.  At Franz Jevene there is about 50 yards of shore ice.  We did see one boat out fishing west of those rapids (we are not sure where they put the boat in).  Rainy Lake tourism posted on their Facebook page that people have been walking down and fishing off shore at Kuttes Landing in Pelland (this access has not been plowed) 

3.21 looking east at Birchdale Landing.JPG

3.21 looking west at Franz Jevne.JPG

3.22 looking east at Franz Jevne.JPG

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March 24th, 2018:

Jason Groll Fishing Guide shared a video of open water at Birchdale this morning and said you can push a boat off the shore ice.  We will be checking the river later this afternoon to see if it opens up anymore.

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March 24th, 2018:
  There is open water about a mile west of Birchdale Landing.  There is shore ice at the landing in Birchdale but you are able to push a boat over it.  We did see a few boats out fishing when we stopped by before checking the landing in Pelland.  The Kuttes Landing in Pelland is open for all boats.  Pictures are of Birchdale Landing looking to the west and the open landing is Kuttes in Pelland.

3.24 Birchdale Landing.jpeg

3.24 kuttes landing.jpeg

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Remember to let your trailer drain out b/4 moving up the ramp when loading.  Gonna be cool for the next week or so.  Every little bit helps.

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also don't forget to give people a "lift" to their vehicles after you load out.  Helps keep landings moving.

 

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March 26th, 2018:
   Today has been a mixture of snow and rain but it isn't stopping our guests from fishing.  This morning Cathy shared with us that the river is open 6 miles west of Birchdale.  We also saw one Facebook from Jason Groll Fishing Guide that the county was down there breaking open Birchdale Landing.  Thank you so much to the county!
 

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