Break-Up Watch 2023
The TLA is excited to announce we have assembled a crack team of correspondents who will be reporting the progression of ice break-up and recording the “Official” Ice-Out Day – when Lake Temagami is completely ice free. We are proud to continue the 20+ year tradition and excellent work of Brian Back at Ottertooth.com.
We have reporters stationed in the South, Southwest, North Arms, and the Hub sharing boots-on-the-ground progress. In addition, we look forward to providing aerial and satellite imagery, weather permitting. Overcast conditions in Northeastern Ontario the last few days have precluded recent satellite phots.
Our expert observers are as follows:
- Bob Farr (Bear Island)
- Jackie Hodgins (Wanapitei)
- Don Johnson + Nolan Jorgenson (SW Arm)
- Ron Miller (flyovers from North Bay)
- Bruce Rice (South Arm)
- Sacha Stephens (Western Hub)
- Penny St. Germain (Wabikon)
Stay tuned for regular updates on the TLA Member Community Facebook page (www.facebook.com/groups/211206275926832), as well as complete coverage, photos, and comprehensive historical data on the TLA website.
~ Paul Tamburro
*** May 8, 2023: ICE OUT ***
Ron Miller did an aerial survey of Lake Temagami this morning and spotted a single remaining patch of ice in a small bay off the North Arm. Presumably the ice melted by this afternoon. Thus, we are calling May 8, 2023 “Ice Out”.
Special thanks to Bob Farr, Jackie Hodgins, Don Johnson, Nolan Jorgenson, Ron Miller, Bruce Rice, Sacha Steven, and Penny St. Germain for their detailed reporting from land, sea (well, actually, lake), and air.
It’s a three-way tie for Bob Farr, Jackie Hodgins, and Penny St. Germain, who all came closest with their initial ice-out predictions of May 10th.
*** May 6, 2023 ***
According to Bob Farr, no wind last night with a full moon and clear skies resulted in probably 50% or more of the lake surface freezing over again. It’s a thin layer – in most places, just a skim. The watch continues.
*** May 5, 2023 ***
The Hub and SW Arm are largely open, with plenty of boat travel occurring. They water is completely ice free, however, and there is plenty of floating debris.
It’s a different story in the north and the south. Bruce Rice reports that the South Arm remains somewhat locked in. Likewise, Jackie Hodgins was unable to boat from Wanapitei to Keewaydin yesterday afternoon due to and ice jam south of Ferguson Mountain.
Overcast skies have thwarted useful satellite imagery for the past seven days, so we cannot provide a big-picture analysis. Presumably, the smaller lakes in the region are mostly ice free.
From Jackie Hodgins at Camp Wanapitei (May 5, 2023): I can officially make it to open water and down past Rabbitnose (and, I would guess, all the way to the landing).
My journey was not ice free, but I could easily push through. However, the North Arm towards Whitefish Bay, and Devil’s and Granny’s Bay was completely covered with ice (and not passable, as far as I could tell).
*** May 4, 2023 ***
From Jackie Hodgins at Camp Wanapitei (May 4, 2023): What a strange break-up. Our bay has been free of ice for several days, and we assumed it would be clear sailing. After getting the boat in the water, my daughter and I loaded up expecting to get to the landing or Rabbitnose. Much to our surprise, 1 kilometer south of Ferguson Mountain it was frozen completely across the lake with no channels along the shore. The ice is 3” thick. We could jam through it if we were desperate; however as far as the eye could see, it was totally frozen. We will head out again tomorrow to report in.
*** May 3, 2023 ***
Following common Lake Temagami break-up patterns, the SW Arm is mostly clear, with minimal, residual broken ice in the back bays (as reported by Don Johnson and Nolan Jorgenson).
There is still ice in the South Arm, according to Bruce Rice.
Sacha Stevens and Penny St. Germain, reporting from the Hub, note some ice-battered dock damage – particularly for north- and east-facing docks.
*** May 2, 2023 ***
Two days of rain and favourable temperatures caused the ice to crumble and steadily dissolve like cubes in a glass.
Then yesterday afternoon, the wind began stirring the drink. Jackie Hodgins is reporting large ice chunks washing ashore in Sandy Inlet, and 6-inch-thick sheets batter Don Johnson’s dock in the Southwest Arm.
In front of Wabikon, the ice is so fragile that Penny St. Germain watches as the green marker easily slices thru the wind-driven ice.
Bob Farr reports the first successful boat travel Monday between Bear Island and the landing.
It’s raining again this morning and the Lake is transitioning quickly from hard water to soft. In fact, Bob, our esteemed senior observer, is fast-forwarding his “Official Ice Out Prediction” to May 8th.
*** May 1, 2023 ***
From Jackie Hodgins at Camp Wanapitei (May 1, 2023): Every break-up is unique. A week ago, I would never have predicted the big change in receding ice. Mother Nature likes to keep us guessing. The skies, so full of moisture, have created incredible hues in the ice – black, green, white, and beige. The ice has let go of the shore everywhere up on the north end of the Lake. Once these continuous downpours recede and if the winds come up, I believe we could have some big chunks crashing up on shore.
*** April 30, 2023 ***
*** April 28, 2023 ***
*** April 27, 2023 ***
*** April 26, 2023 ***
*** April 24, 2023 ***
Record Record of Ice-Out Dates (Source: www.ottertooth.com/temagami.htm)
|1985||May 10||Devil’s Island, North Arm||Glen Toogood|
|1986||May 1||Devil’s Island, North Arm||Glen Toogood|
|1987||April 20-21||Devil’s Island, North Arm||Glen Toogood|
|1988||May 4||Devil’s Island, North Arm||Glen Toogood|
|1989||May 11||Devil’s Island, North Arm||Glen Toogood|
|1990||May 1||Devil’s Island, North Arm||Glen Toogood|
|1991||May 3||Devil’s Island, North Arm||Glen Toogood|
|1992||May 10||Sandy Inlet||Glen Toogood|
|1993||May 6||Sandy Inlet||Glen Toogood|
|1994||May 8-9||Sandy Inlet||Glen Toogood|
|1995||May 2||Temagami Bay (Town)||Glen Toogood|
|1996||May 12-15||Temagami Bay (Town)||Glen Toogood|
|1997||May 6||Temagami Bay Ttown)||Glen Toogood|
|2000||April 27||Garden Island – north side||Glen Toogood|
|2001||May 5||Garden Island||Glen Toogood|
|2002||May 5||Garden Island||Glen Toogood|
|2003||May 5||Garden Island||Glen Toogood|
|2004||May 5||Garden Island||Glen Toogood|
|2005||May 1||Garden Island||Glen Toogood|
|2006||April 22||Garden Island||Glen Toogood|
|2007||April 27||Garden Island||Glen Toogood|
|2008||April 27||Garden Island||Glen Toogood|
|2009||May 6||Sealrock Point||Harold Keevil|
|2010||April 15||Devil’s Island, North Arm
|2011||May 9||Devil’s Island, North Arm||Jason Pigeau|
|2012||April 11||North Arm
|2013||May 8||North Arm||Harold Keevil
|2014||May 14||North Arm||Harold Keevil
|2015||May 6||Ogama Island, Hub||Bob Farr|
|2016||May 6||North Arm, Hub, Southwest Arm, Northeast Arm, and the air||Ron Miller, Penny St. Germain, Jason Pigeau, Bob Farr, Steve Battis, Harold Keevil|
|2017||May 1||North Arm||Owen Bateman, Dave Wilfong|
|2018||May 17||North Arm||Harold Keevil, Dave Wilfong, Ron Miller|
|2019||May 18||North Arm||Harold Keevil, Bob Farr, Ron Miller, Dave Wilfong|
|2020||May 18||North Arm||Harold Keevil, Dave Wilfong|
|2021||April 13||North Arm, Hub||Ron Miller, Dave Wilfong, Bob Farr|
|2022||May 8||North Arm, Ferguson Bay||Harold Keevil, Jackie Hodgins, Paul Tenwesteneind|