Ice out already declared on some metro lakes

We aren't even to April yet and we are already seeing some ice out of metro lakes. For Minnesotans, seeing open water on area ponds and lakes is like the official transition to summer time activities like fishing and boating and well just walking down the street without freezing to death. And while it will be sometime before the weather is nice enough and water temperatures are warm enough to enjoy some of those summer sports, it's nice to see that we are quickly progressing into spring. In fact, this year we are running a solid 2 weeks ahead of what's considered normal ice out for many southern and central state lakes. Here are the current lakes that have declared ice out already…


Most of these are ponds and smaller lakes with Calhoun, Harriet, and Minnetonka still considered frozen. These three lakes typically see ice out conditions by the middle of April, and if we are generally running 2 weeks or so ahead of schedule, then it may not be long before even these waterways are all liquid. Here is when we typically see ice out conditions across the area…


The average year, lakes begin to thaw along the I-90 corridor during the last week of March and then head up I-35 to the metro for the first half of April. The northward trend continues from there, rounding out in the Arrowhead typically during the first week of May. Last year, we were a solid 2 to 3 weeks behind schedule with the last of the metro lakes not thawing until the first week of May and some northern lakes not until June. Current rate of melting puts us nearly a month ahead of last year, so get that boat ready!!

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