Deer Lake Association
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Loon Nest Raft
Showy Lady Slippers
Moons over Deer Lake
Ice-In on Deer Lake
Ice-Out on Deer Lake
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The pictures below on this page document the spectacular events of 2008. That year a late season storm of over a foot of heavy, wet snow slowed the process by temporarily insulating the ice below from the warmth and sunshine, until it too had melted. Of course, since lake-ice melts from the bottom up, this blanket did not stop the melting, but it certainly did slow the increase by reflecting the sun's light and heat. The official Ice-Out date for 2008 was May 8. This is the day when all the ice, on shore and water, was gone. (Ice-out definitions do vary among reporters, with some calling ice-out when 90% is gone, or when the lake become navigatable.)
Ice-Out photos from 2008:
Ice is turning black.
(Note the residual snowmobile tracks toward shore)
Snow blankets the lake in white.
Ice is darkening again.
Following some days of cold and stasis, we see more progress toward Ice-Out. Once the ice is less than a foot thick it will begin to form "candles," which are verical shafts of ice crystals (not cubes yet). Once the ice is candled it will not last long.
Ice recedes from north shore
Open patch in the middle.
Ice piles up on Christmas Point.
Ice blows back to northern shore. Listen for the constant tinkling as it slowly piles higher.
Later in the day winds shift to leave a slushy shore behind.
Thin ice only in the middle.
Almost gone! The remaining ice blows back and forth around the lake. Some spotters might call this "ice-out" since one could boat over to Christmas Point. All the ice will be gone by May 8, 2008.
Spring has Sprung! Photos by Tom Nelson, south from Sherwood Forest Trail.