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Old 03-28-2010, 10:54 PM   #1
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Lake Country Ice-Out Report

Blue Mtn. Lake (Saturday March 27)

As of today: Small lakes still seem to be frozen hard. Larger lakes vary -
PHOTOS http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/5...vhost=outdoors
  • The Pond at Old Forge - mostly open
  • Browns Tract Inlet- flowing high (Raquette Lake frozen)
  • Blue Mountain Lake - FROZEN hard
  • Buttermilk Falls (Raquette River) - IMPRESSIVE VOLUME!
  • Long Lake N of the bridge - partially open
  • Long Lake S of the bridge - FROZEN
  • N. end of Raquette Lake at the carry (N.Point Rd.) - open water
  • Forked Lake - FROZEN
  • Raquette River Fishing Access (the "Crusher") near Tupper Lake: CLOSED FOR REPAIRS UNTIL JUNE 18 (no access-no parking).
  • Axton Landing - snow covered and impassable from Coreys Road
  • Raquette River (unnamed) access road past Axton: Snow-covered w/ruts, but passable w/4WD
  • Raquette River - Flowing free, high, and mighty
  • South Creek Fishing Access to Middle Saranac Lake - mostly open and likely passable, but MSL is most likely FROZEN.
  • The pond at MARCY DAM - jammed solid with ice
  • The beaver pond on the VanHoevenberg trail near the Loj - dam fine shape - high water (ice) about the same height as the wooden footbridge.
  • Stony Creek Ponds (Coreys Road) FROZEN
Buttermilk Falls:
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:15 PM   #2
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A couple of the lakes I saw yesterday looked like they had started to melt out, especially around the shorelines, but with the recent cold snap have refrozen. I certainly could be wrong, but in one lake I saw white ice in the middle, with a 10- to 20-foot ring of half-inch thick clear ice near the shoreline. So clear that I felt the need to poke it to make sure it was actually frozen. This was in the southwest part of the park.

Thanks for the report!
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:25 AM   #3
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The Great Sacandaga is done but Little Lake in Northville still has a thin layer of ice. Swiz
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:00 PM   #4
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Simon Pond

and Raquette Pond were still FROZED as of this afternoon.

Been happily paddling away on the perimeter of the Park.

Got more seat time in new Rapidfire - old bones in a new boat.

Saturday broke 60 ft of thin ice to put in on Hannawa Pond: a sunny and cold day of great paddling.

Sunday all that ice was gone; steady south wind, with 30 mph gusts made it an easy choice to paddle to Browns Bridge - the Raquette is pumping and the Bag Lady's spray skirt worked well.

Next weekend it's time to start paddling kayaks - ice out on Cranberry Lake is coming!
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:58 PM   #5
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was still FROZED as of this afternoon.



Next weekend it's time to start paddling kayaks - ice out on Cranberry Lake is coming!
Keep us posted!
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:00 PM   #6
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Tri-Lakes

Lower Saranac still frozen except at edges where bubblers are running, but second pond into Saranac Lk Village is open.
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:01 PM   #7
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Pharaoh Lake had ice over a foot thick last week. Not sure much has melted since.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:51 AM   #8
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web cams for ice out

There are several webcams in the ADKs that show live conditions, Here’s a site that lists them

http://fishcreekpond.com/weather.html

I especially like the one on top of McCauley Mtn.

http://www.oldforge.net/mccauleytop/webcam1.html
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Old 04-01-2010, 12:50 PM   #9
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There's one at www.stillwaterreservoir.com that can give a good view of the water (well, ice at the moment).

Just don't go on the message board.
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:06 PM   #10
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Not Quite Yet

My observatuions, as of this afternoon:

1. Tupper Lake, Simon Pond and Raquette pond are not yet ice free.

2. Catamount Pond (Massawepie) was ice free, as far as I could see from Route 3.


Today's Cranberry Lake report from a Cranberry Lake village resident: "Ice is Looking very dark, but the main body of the lake is still ice covered."

80 deg Fahrenheit today at Tupper Lake and 88 deg Fahrenheit at my house in Hannawa Falls. Supposed to be WARMER tomorrow!

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Old 04-02-2010, 08:26 PM   #11
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thanks mike... still not enough water to float an out-board out to south bay...at least without banging up the prop hugging the shoreline... soon... need to plant the cabbage,etc....

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Old 04-03-2010, 05:18 PM   #12
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I prefer this big camera:
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:39 AM   #13
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Ice out

The ice went out/ down off Lower Saranac Lake last night. We were having a dinner on the deck the night before and the whole lake was black with leads opening.

This morning there was just enough ice against the eastern shore to make a pitcher of margaritas.

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Old 04-04-2010, 09:10 AM   #14
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Cranberry Lake is open, water levels are high,75 degrees, black flies to follow.
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:24 AM   #15
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The reservoir near my house here in VT was ice covered Friday after work with big rocks sitting out on the ice that people has tossed out there but ice free yesterday. Still ice on Joe's Pond as of yesterday, http://joespondvermont.com/iceout.html
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:48 AM   #16
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The web cam on Upper Saranac Lake showed the lake about half open last evening, this morning blue water as far as you can see. Unfortunately I can't get up for a couple weeks, this is Ideal fishing right after ice out.
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Old 04-04-2010, 01:32 PM   #17
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Cranberry Lake is open, water levels are high,75 degrees, black flies to follow.
Thanks for the info, John. As I remember, ice out last year on Cranberry was April 6th.

Sigh - Won't be able to get a kayak on Cranberry until Saturday.

See you on the water.

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Old 04-04-2010, 10:05 PM   #18
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Ice is out on Oxbow, Mason, Abanakee, and Adirondack Lakes (at least as far as I could see). Large areas of open water, but also large expanses of ice, on Piseco, Pleasant, Lewey, and Indian. Thirteenth still frozen, as was as much of Sacandaga as you can see from the golf course in Lk Pleasant. That was this afternoon. All of these but one were frozen yesterday afternoon, so it's going fast.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:10 PM   #19
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Everything north of Upper Saranac is frozen solid and will be for at least the next month... no point in any of you even going to look until may.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:44 PM   #20
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Some more observations

Simond pond: Ice out
Tupper Lake: north half ice out. Southern parts soon.
Long lake: Ice out north of the bridge up to the first island (Round Island)
Saranac Lakes: All looked ice out from the road.
Stoney creek and ponds: Ice out

Tried to do the Long Lake to Tupper route on Saturday/Sunday... Fail!
We attempted to power our way through various levels of shifting Ice sheets on Long Lake but were getting more and more trapped in. My canoe is no ice breaker! Was starting to worry about crushing the hull as gigantic sheets moved pretty quick in the wind. We turned back and drove to Axton Landing where we camped out before doing the last part of the Raquette on Sunday. Water is high but not flowing particularly fast. Took the usual 3h. Almost got beheaded at the bridge west of the oxbow! Was hugging the thwart and hopping. It was that close.

Camping at Axton just past the bridge made me realize something funny that I posted in the Adk General thread...
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