BREAKING NEWS: BLUE LAKE ICE OUT

18 Apr
Ice Out on Blue Lake

Ice Out on Blue Lake

 

First Boat on Blue Lake

First Boat on Blue Lake

At some time between 12:30 P.M. and 4:30 P.M.  on April 18th, 80% of the ice cover on Blue Lake mysteriously disappeared.  As of 6:30 P.M., the West Basin still sported an ice shelf extending approximately 12 feet from the shore with intense blue waves chomping at its edges.

 

A pontoon from Cole Cove quickly fired up its engine for a tour of the open water – the first boat on Blue Lake in 2009, this blogger believes.

With air temperatures in the mid-50s and dropping, a duck settled into the frigid lake for an inaugural swim.  While such bone-chilling conditions would surely shock the life out of a human (believe me, I stuck my hand in Blue Lake yesterday and it HURT), birds have an antifreeze-like compound built into their systems which enables them to combat (and enjoy) all sorts of extreme conditions.

A few more pictures of the big melt:

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