In general, the snow has melted from the surface of the ice, many lakes are turning brown, and some even have open water. The brown ice that we see is caused by large amounts of runoff going onto the lakes and this type of ice will erode quickly if we see temperatures of +10 degrees Celsius or higher. The open water (mostly seen on Lac Seul), is also caused by runoff, but also from a current that runs through the lake. Every year, the the water level drops around this time, which causes current and causes the narrows to open up. Having said that, compared to previous years there is far more open area this spring on Lac Seul.
Will the ice be out by opening weekend? This is something we still cannot predict. We are on schedule IF we see lots of days with temperatures reaching the double-digits (Celsius). The 7-day forecast is looking pretty good. We fly between Vermilion Bay and Cat Lake on a regular basis and we will be the last ones this season flying on skis, so we will try to keep everyone updated on the weather and the ice conditions in our area.
I have attached some pictures that I took from the air. The first is of Lac Seul (near McKenzie Bay), the second is of some brown ice on a lake North of Lac Seul, and the third is a picture of the ice on Perrault Lake. These pictures were taken on Sunday, April 20th.
- Meagan Stansfield, Clark's Resorts & Outposts