We've drilled a number of holes checking ice in front of the marina to Waconia Bay and also by the walleye hole between the marinas. We've found ice ranging from 7 to 10 inches. The variance in ice thickness is due to the snow we received on Wednesday, 12/4. Thankfully, much of that snow got saturated by water, and froze to the existing ice adding inches to our measurements. The areas with 7 inches had little to no frozen slush and were generally good clear "black" ice. The cloudier ice is still very good, but the extra top few inches are the frozen slush.
We haven't done a thorough lake-wide check yet, but hope to do so this upcoming week. Since the ice is increasing by the day, we're starting to see some permanent houses make their way to the lake, and people starting to use ATV's and snowmobiles. Since we haven't been all over the lake, we stress to still use caution and pay extra attention when venturing out.