Officials with the Freshwater Society announced Sunday that Lake Minnetonka, the metro area’s largest lake, is ice free.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office says this year’s minimal snowfall and mild winter made the “ice-out” come earlier this year, but they say the water is still dangerously cold.
Despite the chill in the air, signs of spring are emerging. The change of seasons is marked with open water on the lakes. The blowing winds and warm sun have melted the ice off many Twin Cities lakes.
With the long, cold winter we all endured, we weren’t sure this day would ever come. The Freshwater Society and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol officially made the call Thursday morning that the ice is now officially out on Lake Minnetonka.
Residents around Lake Mille Lacs saw the ice from the lake encroach on their property in a very ominous manner
Minnesota’s second largest lake is making national headlines Monday morning. Viewers in the area of Lake Mille Lacs sent us some pretty captivating video. High winds on Saturday blew huge chunks of ice into homes and businesses along the shore.
Minnesota’s anglers are gearing up for a big weekend as the state’s fishing opener is on Saturday.
In what officials are calling one of the latest dates ever recorded, Hennepin County declared an official “ice out” on Wednesday.
Tackling this year’s fishing opener on May 11 is going to be tricky. From the bait anglers use, to the types of fish you’ll likely catch, the DNR said the unusual spring will cause major differences.
Minnesota’s walleye, pike and lake trout opener is just around the corner, causing worry for fishing guides and others faced with ice-locked lakes.
Jonathan Smith of Concept Landscaping is not going to wait any longer to start working on Lake Minnetonka.
Unseasonably chilly weather could make for a historically late ice-out date on Lake Minnetonka. And businesses along Minnetonka’s shoreline have been squeezed by our unusual cold.
The winter of 2011-2012 may well go down in history books as the year ice passed over the state of Minnesota.
As Minnesota emerges from a hard winter, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Saturday Minnesota Cold Water Awareness Day.
It may not feel like spring this weekend with colder temps, but the lakes will at least look like it from here on out.