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1st Minnesota Lake Ice-Outs for 2014 Declared

Updated: 04/25/2014 12:38 PM
Created: 04/13/2014 10:39 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

The first ice-out dates for lakes in Minnesota have been declared.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' interactive map, the ice on six shallow lakes in southern Minnesota was reportedly gone last week.

Iowa Lake and Hall Lake near Fairmont were first, with dates reported on April 8 and 9. Budd Lake, which is also in the area and typically posts the first ice-out, was reported the next day on April 10.

This is considered late for thawing in the area by a few weeks.

Typically, lakes in the Twin Cities fully thaw around the beginning of April. Prior Lake's median date is April 6. Medicine Lake in Plymouth and Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis usually thaw out by April 10.

Lake Minnetonka, which is larger than most metro lakes, is typically ice-free by April 13.

No official ice out dates on lakes in the metro have been reported yet.

Up north, the thaw is slower than the rest of the state, with most shedding the last of their ice in late April and early May. The deep Lake Mille Lacs ices-out around April 25. Leech Lake in the Chippewa National Forrest is slightly later around April 28.

Lakes around Brainerd continue this trend. Gull Lake typically posts an ice-out date around April 21.

Meanwhile, video from the Duluth News Tribune shows Gooseberry Falls near Two Harbors iced out. The falls officially iced out Friday. Huge chunks of ice are now falling over the falls.

Check out the DNR's website for more information on ice-out dates.


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