WINTER ROAD

LAKE TEMAGAMI

MARCH 30, 2001

Photos and Text: Tim Gooderham

Oops. That was deeper than I thought!

The road just in front of the Manito Landing, off Manito Island, looking north.

Ramp onto the Ice Road, from the Mine Road landing, looking northwest. Manito Island is in the left background, and Temagami Island behind it.

Travel is still pretty good on the Lake, so long as you are using other than a wheeled vehicle. Reports say that thicknesses vary, but there appears to be between four and nine inches of blue ice at the bottom. On top of that there are about two and a half feet of varied crud - slush, water and shell ice. How long all that crud is going to take to melt remains to be seen. For the sake of argument, I am making the fearless forecast of Ice Out on May 5th! 

On Wednesday we had the first weekly teleconference for SNIF (The Sturgeon, Nipissing, French Water Level Advisory Board). The spring freshet has not really started yet, but it won't be long. Ontario Hydro reported that Lake Temagami is "84.1% empty". The water level is at 293.19 metres ASL (above sea level) and the Cross Lake Dam is discharging 23.3 cubic metres per second (CMS). The freshet is deemed to be about a week and a half behind normal.

Winter Road 2001 - March 30 - February 24

Northeast Arm: Trail Groomer  February 3, 2001

Moving Day on the Ice: March 1, 2001

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