We look forward to seeing you this Friday when we open at 9:30 am. We wanted to give another Lake Waconia ice update, so we took another ice walk today.
This time we went to Wagener’s Bay, Harm’s Point and Pillsbury Reef. Where we checked in Wagener’s Bay, there was anywhere from 4 to 6.5 inches and was thicker due to being older ice from before Thanksgiving. Where it was 4 inches, it was under snow. Out from the Wagener’s Bay access, we marked several small active springs again, similar to year’s past. We also marked a weak spot that had been open a week ago north of that access as well. Definitely pay attention if you’re going out that way as we can’t mark everything.
As we headed toward Harm’s Point and Pillsbury Reef, we marked a slushy crack just north of the point. It became apparent the ice was changing and we were getting into “newer” ice. There were obvious transition lines. Again, where the ice was older, it was thicker in the 5 to 6 inch range because there was less snow that far out. Some of the newer ice is clear, smooth, black ice, and was about 3 inches thick, with 2.5 inches under snow. This newer ice seems to be riding a little lower than the surrounding thicker ice.
We started seeing variances with less ice than we were comfortable with, so we did not continue further today. Check out our video on Facebook to get a little bit of an idea of what we found. We’ll see you Friday!