Break-up Watch 2010 - April 11

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APRIL 11, 2010

Lake Temagami's last, yet unusual, ice

With most lakes ice-free, Lake Temagami's remaining ice does not fit the patterns of the past. The deep lake is always the last to go, but the old-timers know the progression, channel by channel or thought they did.

"There is ice where there shouldn't be, and there isn't any where there should be," says Bob Farr who was out in his boat yesterday. "It's a strange year."

The Temagami First Nation stopped its airboat runs on Tuesday as the route to the road cleared.

On Wednesday, the ice went out on Obabika Lake, the Mathias family reports. The cormorants and gulls have returned to nest, as have two golden eagles.

The warm spell halted for a few days and snowed yesterday. Lake Temagami's water level has risen about four inches in the last few days, but still remains far, far below normal.

Clouds have obstructed satellites from getting any images for days.

Today, trying to reach Keewaydin, Jason and Louise Pigeau were able to boat through the ice pack between Garden Island and Sealrock Point on the North Arm. They navigated some small open channels and broke ice, up to five inches thick, in Keewaydin Camp's barge (see photos).

This evening Farr found ice clogging the main boating channels west and south of Bear Island. This area and the North Arm up to Sealrock are normally the last to go.

"With a good blow from the southwest and some warmer temperatures," he says, "it would be gone in a day now. Maybe tomorrow?"


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