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Ice In on Deer Lake



OK, let's try this again:

ICE-IN: Night of December 8-9th

It's a bit dreary, and snow-covered, but (probably) will stick for the season.


Ice-In Archive of attempts in 2017:

Deer Lake ICE-IN: Night of December 1-2,

and then ICE-OUT again Dec. 4-5!

Due to high winds, despite the bitter cold we have now!

As of December 8, the lake is trying very hard to freeze over, but still open in the middle.  The far side of the lake is likely similar.  Ice-In soon, but with some very dicey icy.

Here was the Ice-In just a few days before (Dec. 2):

Snow and sleet had been predicted right after Ice-In, but that was rather minor, and now we do have a good chance for skating and boating on the big lake!

The Ice on the smaller lakes like Otter, just north of Deer, have been put to good use for over a week:




Deer Lake ICE-IN 2017: Night of December 1-2!

But snow and sleet are predicted tomorrow, so there goes the skating and boating...too bad!


Years Past:

November 20, 2014:  Morning Fog on Deer Lake, trying to freeze

Next morning, November 21, the entire northern bay is frozen (and other protected areas), but stiff wind have it broken up by noon.

In the photo above you can see ice (with sunlight reflecting) in the upper left; there is open wavey water out to the right; the middle-foreground (darker area) has broken ice swirling; and near shore (below the trees) there is a layer of compressed ice-cubes up against a snow covered ice sheet pushed and buckled against the shore.

Ice-in happened the night of November 24-5; skating and ice-boating began a few very cold days and nights later when the ice reached more than 4 inches.


And again on the night of November 28-9, 2017 we saw a similar attempt to Ice-In.  A half sheet of Ice greets the Rosy Fingered Dawn:

But by noon the ice became Ice-Cubes along the shore:


Fun on the Ice over the years.

                                                                                                                        Photo by Nancy Zupan




Deer Lake froze over on the night of December 5-6, 2011. 

It was not long before skaters had one very large sheet of ice to play (and feast) upon.


 Virgin Ice is still thin.

 Near shore you can easily see the bottom, and get a sense of the thickness by the cracks seen near top of photo (actually about four inches all across the lake on this day).

 Out in the middle skaters dodge around a mosaic of shallow drifts and cracks,

some of which had flooded to form short ridges.

Skating down the ridge line.   (photo by Nancy Zupan)

 The ice-day party stops for a snack on the ice. 

Note the fish-house out near Christmas Point.

 Skating over the bay to the Point, we find some ice-anglers getting set up.

 A Beautiful day on the Ice of Deer Lake.  The lake ice sings its boomy song!

 Wish you were here for a Deer Lake Ice-Day!