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BWCA & Quetico Canoe Outfitting and Wilderness Resort on Minnesota's Gunflint Trail
Updated: 3 hours 35 min ago

Going, going . . . .

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 1:13pm

Ironically, it took the sky raining ice for the lake ice to finally dissolve on the Gunflint Trail. We’re still not ice free yet, but it’s going fast.

Here are the latest ice out photos from this morning, April 25, 2016.

Round Lake

Gunflint Lake near the Cross River

Seagull Lake Blankenburg Landing

Saganaga Lake Corridor, Tow Boat Dock

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Boundary Waters Spring 2016 Ice Conditions on the Gunflint Trail

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 8:36pm

If you’d asked us six weeks ago, we’d have told you it looked like an early ice out year for sure, but here it is, April 21, and we’re still iced in on the Gunflint Trail. Despite warm weather and open water in the rest of the state, it’s not paddling season quite yet. But soon . . . very soon . . .

Round Lake – April 20, 2016

Local lore is that Gunflint Lake’s ice goes out two weeks after the North Brule River’s ice goes out. North Brule was ice free on April 15, which makes April 29 the day Gunflint should go out this year. That said, it looks like the western part of the lake may be ice free before that.

Gunflint Lake – April 21, 2016

You just might be able to paddle into the Boundary Water’s Larch Lake via Larch Creek. Of course, you might find yourself facing a big iceberg when you reach the lake.

Larch Creek – April 21, 2016

Both Seagull and Saganaga Lakes have pulled away from their shores significantly, but a lot of melting that needs to happen before they’re ice free.

Seagull Lake – April 21, 2016

Saganaga Lake – April 21, 2016

Meanwhile, Cross Bay is looking pretty liquid and you could probably make it to the first campsite on Ham Lake.

The high water washed away the beaver dam that was built last fall.

The river’s really churning away right now. It’s a pretty incredible sight.


Until we’re ice free, we’re going to party like it’s 1999 . . . .

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