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Ice Out Predictions?

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ghotierman

It's starting to happen! With warm sun, wind, and then more rain, this ice can't last much longer. Victoria has pulled away from shore significantly, the channels on the Chain are expanding...big open water on the SW corner of Carlos....

I made a bold prediction that Alexandria ice-out would come by Sunday April 9. That's looking like a pretty close date right now...

Anybody else care to make a prediction? Alex Chain, or favorite area lake?

(LeHommeDieu is the official Ice Out lake for the area....but chime in with your own)

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oh yeah, and don't forget the boat plug!

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BobT

I don't think I'll bet against you on Victoria.

I would predict Osakis to open up on Monday.

Bob

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ghotierman

The breeze has just created a nice shoreline crack on the east side of Geneva...and it's moving away from shore! Will update tomorrow after that warm soaking rain forecast!...

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Wayne Ek

Jay, if we get the rain that is predicted for Thur & Fri. then I bet most of them open-up on Sun. or Mon. Had the Ranger in on Tues. up in Fergus, nothing on the rip-rap yet.

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Big Julie

Aggnes went yesterday, Henry is going today.

Many others will be following suit today or tomorrow despite the lack of rain.

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ghotierman

Victoria is pretty well clear. Geneva has a bit on the north end, and some on the south end that floated down last night. the breeze is breaking it up nicely, and should be clear by the evening.

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Wayne Ek

Mina and Cork are clear, say a couple of guys launching their boat on Mina this morning. Cowdry should be out by Monday.

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Wayne Ek

crooks, mill, north 2/3rds of wasta, little mary all clear of ice.

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Finlander

Osakis is 95% out at 1:00pm today! Only town bay has some ice! grin.gif

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Banger

Watched the ice go off of LeHomme Dieu yesterday afternoon while fishing out there. Still a little around the shore of lake darling.

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waskawood

Minnewaska opened up Sunday.

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Havin' Fun

Jessie is nearly open according to my folks. Last night they said it's open 50 yards in front of their house. So it's probably open by tom.

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