May Report: Blue Ice

5 May
Blue Ice on Blue Lake - May 5, 2013

Blue Ice on Blue Lake – May 5, 2013

Here’s where we stand on Cinco de Mayo: Blue Lake is still very much frozen. The ice is getting darker, more blue-ish, which all signs point to a step in the right direction towards ice out. There appears to be a bit of open water near the weed bed / Seagull Island. Wildlife is acting all sorts of crazy with paddlings of ducks roaming the woods, seemingly confused about the lack of open water. Fishing opener was yesterday and tourism in Minocqua was at about 1/2 strength compared to last year. Everyone seems to be fleeing towards the flowing waters down south.

Take these variables into consideration:

  • Wausau lakes have been open for a week
  • Tomahawk lakes have opened up the last few days
  • The mini-pond by Save More has been open for about 3 days
  • Lake Minocqua is mostly frozen with a few open areas
  • The forecast: mostly sunny, high of 70, low of 40 the next 3 days
  • Past Blue Lake Ice Outs: April 18, 2010 / about April 1, 2011 / March 21, 2012
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3 Responses to “May Report: Blue Ice”

  1. Peggy Myers May 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    I am hoping that Summer is on Saturday this year at Blue Lake!

  2. Dick Johnson May 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    I will be back next week. WillI i be able to go swimming?

    • The Provost May 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      Swimming yes, you’ll just need to get a chainsaw to cut a hole in the ice.

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