Western Maine lakes iceout
Posted by: Waterbird on Mar-18-14 10:38 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
I have a sinking sense that the lakes in western Maine won't be kayakable until June. The area got up to 20" of snow just a few days ago. In the last 30 days the temperature has been below zero on 15 days. Minus twenty last night, minus 13 tonight. Last year the area was kayakable in April. What a sad state of affairs. The paddling season might only be six months long this year. In 2012-13 I paddled 11 months out of 12.
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Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-18-14 10:51 PM (EST)
its just nature. Embrace it. Enjoy all the seasons and weather.
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Mar-20-14 10:01 PM (EST)
I haven't done anything remotely resembling an epic trip this winter, but I've gone out in some of our wonderful local marshlands/swamplands using snowshoes quite a bunch of times. Winter hiking is a lot like warm-season boating. Both activities let you see places and seasonal moods that you'd never imagine otherwise. In winter I don't miss boating at all - I'm enjoying the stuff you can only do in winter to much to think about that. And that's without even coming close to high-level adventures!
Don't give up hope...temps are beginning|
Posted by: bigspencer on Mar-19-14 12:57 PM (EST)
to fluctuate a little, even up here in Bangor....cold mornings but 20s to 30s, with a day or two weekly skirting low 40s. The constant thing in Maine is change. Moosehead has an average ice-out of around Memorial Day, so I can't see the SW lakes locked up any later...$.01 *Will be interesting though to see when things DO free up...
I live in western Maine and|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-19-14 5:10 PM (EST)
Can post when my lake ice starts to candle. The sugar season is a flop. Last year ice out April 22. Might be May 1. We'll see
How thick is the ice right now?|
Posted by: Waterbird on Mar-19-14 8:34 PM (EST)
It must be thicker than in most years with temperatures like there have been. So even if the temperature starts rising now, there must be a LOT of ice to melt. That's why I'm saying no paddling until June.
Don't really know|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-19-14 9:19 PM (EST)
Two feet at least
Embrace winter |
Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-20-14 6:47 AM (EST)
Posted by: Waterbird on Mar-20-14 9:06 PM (EST)
How come no hiking poles??
You come deal with my driveway|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-20-14 10:22 PM (EST)
I'm a little tired of having to wear crampons to the mailbox sice Dec 24.
If that is an offer to |
Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-21-14 7:10 AM (EST)
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Mar-21-14 7:42 AM (EST)
I'm pretty sure the only problem is the "https" in your link. I bet if you eliminated the "s" (which someone here said stands for "secure connection"), the link will become click-able.
yes - that did it|
Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-21-14 7:04 PM (EST)
thanks for the tip.
Posted by: Celia on Mar-21-14 8:45 AM (EST)
No extension cord but the Christmas decorations that are in planters may be there into April. I lifted the mass yesterday and they are still a frozen block, so I can't separate the save-for-next-year reusable stuff from the balsam cuttings. I did the decorating the second week of December.
still a lotta good snow out there....|
Posted by: bigspencer on Mar-31-14 8:35 PM (EST)
Posted by: jhb8426 on Mar-21-14 8:27 PM (EST)
It's looking like a late season again in MN as well. Last year it was mid to late May on the lakes in the northern half of the state. The St. Croix river was early May as I recall, but it was running to high and fast, between 30k and 35K cfs which is too much for me.
Never been to Maine, but...|
Posted by: mmulvey on Mar-22-14 9:46 AM (EST)
I can't imagine anywhere in the world being "the only place you want to paddle". Sounds like you need to schedule a road trip to explore other areas of the US. No matter where you go, you can find some great paddling spots. Just like surfers and their "endless summer" rhetoric and how they travel around following summer. Skiers do it too. That's what I'll be doing when my son gets a little older - old enough to join me.
Who is this for?|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-22-14 1:04 PM (EST)
Can't see anyone above that would be the source of your quote.
i hate assuming|
Posted by: mmulvey on Mar-22-14 7:35 PM (EST)
but the original post inferred (unless I misunderstood) that the paddling season would be shortened because of the bitterly cold winter causing a lengthier freeze. All I was saying was to get around that, you have to open your travel options.
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Mar-22-14 10:31 PM (EST)
I figured that was your assumption. It also makes sense that many people do most of their paddling close to home. I myself paddle several hundred miles a year within 100 miles of home (mostly within 60 miles), and typically am able to take only about four to five days per year of paddling-related vacation time, which perhaps is the reason I don't assume traveling is a logical solution to the "problem" for any certain individual (I put "problem" in quotes because I myself am not bothered by a shortened paddling season at all, as already noted).
Hadn't thought of that|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-23-14 10:37 AM (EST)
But it could be sheer time and luxury to travel. Much of the best paddling in Maine is a heck of a drive. That means to get out of Maine as well as to get into it. We go to midcoast each year for some amount of time, and it is a once-there-stay-put kind of vacation. I regularly have offers to play (music) back around home while we are there, but it is just too long a haul to come back for a pickup concert.
Not disagreeing with the paddling-thing,|
Posted by: bigspencer on Mar-23-14 2:20 PM (EST)
...AND having almost announced |
Posted by: bigspencer on Mar-24-14 9:37 AM (EST)
winter dead in a few weeks = will probably guarantee us of 12"+ in a few days...lol..lol.
Ice still here in NJ|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Mar-22-14 10:09 AM (EST)
All lakes are still frozen, with the exception of Round Valley Reservoir which is frozen in the bays and open deeper waters are ice free. Passaic River has been open from upstream of the Dundee dam. Have tentative plans to go paddling today in the Passaic.
For up to date information|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-22-14 7:10 PM (EST)
given by folks actually there, the State maintains an ice out date page.
Ice out here in central Iowa|
Posted by: vic on Mar-23-14 2:35 PM (EST)
NW Joisey still solid|
Posted by: FatElmo on Mar-23-14 3:00 PM (EST)
Wallkill River run shut down fer awhile....
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-18 tonight in Rangeley|
Posted by: Waterbird on Mar-24-14 11:45 PM (EST)
That must be some kind of record for March. It's 38 degrees below normal.
Moosehead ice out|
Posted by: acre on Mar-25-14 10:14 AM (EST)
I did some math for ice out on Moosehead Lake, the largest lake in Maine. Average iceout in the past 30 years has been May 4th with the latest being May 15th in 1978. 1846 ice out was May 26 which is where Mamorial Day falls this year.
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-31-14 6:58 PM (EST)
There is some 3-4 feet of ice as of today on Chesuncook and Moosehead.
Posted by: Waterbird on Mar-31-14 8:20 PM (EST)
We're doomed. Any mathematicians here?
Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-31-14 9:40 PM (EST)
Maybe we should start a pole for ice out on one of the big lakes. My guess is May 17.
Well there are various effegies|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-31-14 11:22 PM (EST)
on poles on floats..Deliberately unbalanced so that when the ice goes out the float falls over and in goes the figure.
His treatment, with respect to the angle|
Posted by: bigspencer on Apr-02-14 12:42 PM (EST)
May first is day 121|
Posted by: acre on Apr-02-14 1:29 PM (EST)
Snowpack above Milo IS still pretty deep|
Posted by: bigspencer on Apr-07-14 7:47 AM (EST)
... Think you're closer to reality than I was Waterbird, as you probably suspected. Unless some drastic meltdown occurs we are headed for a 2nd-week+ June iceout on Moosehead imho.
Channel 6 last night|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-07-14 8:11 AM (EST)
reported the average snowpack state wide was 8.2 inches with a wide range of cover from 0 (south) to 80 inches (north).
Chesuncook Web Cam|
Posted by: rpg51 on Apr-15-14 8:32 PM (EST)
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-15-14 9:04 PM (EST)