Minn. DNR Begins Declaration Of “Ice Free” Lakes
Six different lakes in southern Minnesota are among the first to be declared “ice free” by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources this spring.
The lakes, found in Martin and Murray counties, have seen enough melted ice to receive the “ice out” label, which is described as being 100% rid of frozen water. The first lake to be declared ice-free was Iowa Lake in Martin County on Tuesday.
According to the DNR website, lakes in the metro area and further north are still frozen over. Last year, the “ice out” came three weeks late in May through parts of Central Minnesota. In 2012, lakes were iced-out by early March.
The long thaw has created a delay for the Governor’s annual fishing opener, scheduled for May 8 on Gull Lake. Last year’s opener saw Mark Dayton have to fish on a river due to ice conditions on area lakes.
Last year, Lake Mille Lacs broke a 58-year-old record, seeing it’s final day of ice on May 16, 2013.