Last night at 10:30 pm I arrived home to the lodge after visiting family for the weekend. The wind was howling and I put my headlights on and walked to the lakeshore. There bobbing in waves were many small chunks of ice as the entire lake had broken free of its winter shape. I got to wondering if the water remembered how to roll in as waves when the wind blew. The water seemed to be screaming, “I’m free!”
When I headed in and shared the news with Martha, she was quick to deny the possibility that the lake was open because she had seen it iced over at 9:00 pm. Well all you eager paddlers, I’m here to confirm that the ice broke free between 9:00 pm and 10:30 pm on April 18th. If you check this blog just a few weeks ago, I correctly predicted that indeed the ice would be out on the 18th of April. The picture included above was taken in the morning on the 19th.
By all reports the water quality is excellent and it bodes well for a great year of paddling in Algonquin Park!