Historic ice-out dates in Algonquin Park

By Penny Caldwell »Penny Caldwell

April 12th, 2011

Waiting out the ice. Courtesy Robert Pratten

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The most common question among cottagers at this time of year: Is the ice out at your cottage?  (Followed by: How are the water levels?)

If you’re ice-obsessed like DH and I, you’ll love this:  Ice-out dates going back to 1964 on Lake Opeongo in Algonquin Park, thanks to The Friends of Algonquin Park. I’m indebted to cottager Robert Pratten, of Anstruther Lake, who was in touch after I posted about ice-out dates last week. It was Robert who took time at the Spring Cottage Life Show to point out the ice-out graph on the website run by Jefferson Ridpath of Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park. Robert subsequently directed me to The Friends of Algonquin Park’s site.

Ice-out history from The Friends of Algonquin Park: www.algonquinpark.on.ca


Ice-out history from www.canoelake.ca

Robert also sent me an annotated list of a few marinas operating web cams. (Web cams aren’t quite as much fun as calling our marina operators to chat, but at this time of year our marina friends are a little busy!)

I’ll share Robert’s list here. Meanwhile, in the comments below, feel free to post links to any that you know about:

  1. Anstruther Lake Marina’s home page has a webcam view of the lake; the photo has no date or time. View is north, which is good—no sun in the lens. 44.74, -78.21 (drop into Google maps).
  2. One lake south of Anstruther is Little Gold; Picture every hour throughout the day with some history. Camera faces south so is best morning, evening, or on overcast days. 44.724, -78.257
  3. Limerick Lake Lodge on (of course) Limerick Lake is East of Hwy 62 South of Bancroft. Seven web cams.  Some controllable. 44.89, -77.63. http://www.limericklodge.com/webcam.html
  4. Buckhorn on the Trent-Severn Waterway. Good view north. Late-day picture held (does
    not just show black). Also shows date & time (upper left). 44.56, -78.308
  5. On Lake of the Woods, a great controllable web cam with thermometer.

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Apr. 25, 2011

10:16 pm

That's a neat chart. Quite the pattern it's made over the years. I have searched the web for ice-out charts for both Lakes Ramsey and Panache with no luck. I'd love to have a copy if I could find it.

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