Several WICOLA Board members report Lake Ice Observations to the Minnesota DNR. Their observations will occasionally be posted here as a reverence to WICOLA members.
Remember, there really is no sure answer as to when Ice is safe. You can't judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Strength is based on all these factors -- plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, currents, water chemistry, movement of fish, and the distribution of the load on the ice.
For more information on Ice Safety, follow this link to the Minnesota DNR website; http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/index.html
The cold weather has arrived a bit earlier than in the last 2 years…Negative 7 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday November 10th. White Iron had gone from a little ice forming along the edges to completely frozen over.
As a point of reference, “Ice In” for White Iron;
2015 “Ice In” was November 29th
2016 “Ice In” was December 9th
Widespread ice has been reported on Garden Lake, including where the current is from the Kawishiwi River flow. The entire lake is now topped with a layer of new snow.
"Ice In" has been reported for Farm Lake. The last Farm Lake “Ice In” in recent memory that was this early was on 11/08/14.