We drove around yesterday to see for ourselves how the lakes along the Gunflint Trail are doing. Some of the smaller shallower lakes like Little Iron are ice free while the larger deeper lakes appear to have areas that are still choked with ice. We would suggest checking with a local cooperator to make sure that you can paddle into the BWCAW before heading north for a canoe trip this week.
Daytime temperatures in the upper 60s with nighttime temperatures in the 40s are forecasted for most of this week. A couple days of warm temperatures should go a long ways towards opening our lakes. It always amazes us how fast the ice departs once it finally warms up.
I am going to turn on the resort's water system today and not worry about freezing nightime temperatures until late September!
|Rockwood Canoe Launch Area -- May 12th|