Minnesota's Lake Ice-Out Status
(as of May 5, 1999)

All of Minnesota's lakes are now free of ice.

The definition of lake ice-out varies from lake to lake and individual to individual. For some, ice-out occurs only when the lake is completely free of ice. For others, ice-out is defined as the moment when navigation is possible from point A to point B. And yet for others, ice-out is when 90 percent of the lake is ice free. Due to the variable definitions of this rather subjective observation, the State Climatology Office attempts to contact the same individuals each year to maintain consistency. The table below will offer the information obtained by this informal poll.

Northwest
Name County Status
Lake Bronson Kittson out - 4/10
Detroit Becker out - 4/13
Cormorant Becker out - 4/18
Lower Red Beltrami out - 4/28
North Central
Name County Status
Pine Mountain Cass out - 4/15
Pokegama Itasca out - 4/20
Leech Cass out - 4/25
Bemidji Beltrami out - 4/25
Kabetogama St. Louis out - 4/25
Lk of the Woods LOW out - 5/1
Rainy Kooch. out - 5/1
Northeast
Name County Status
Sturgeon St. Louis out - 4/23
Fall Lake out - 4/24
Island St. Louis out - 4/24
Vermillion St. Louis out - 4/27
Snowbank Lake out - 4/29
Saganaga Cook out - 5/2
West Central
Name County Status
Traverse Traverse out - 3/31
Minnewaska Pope out - 4/2
West Battle Ottertail out - 4/9
Ottertail Ottertail out - 4/10
Central
Name County Status
Rice Stearns out - 4/1
Pulaski Wright out - 4/2
Green Kandiyohi out - 4/6
Osakis Todd out - 4/8
Fish Trap Morrison out - 4/9
Gull Cass out - 4/13
East Central
Name County Status
Waconia Hennepin out - 3/31
Medicine Hennepin out - 3/30
Minnetonka Hennepin out - 4/2
White Bear Ramsey out - 4/2
Knife Kanabec out - 4/6
Big Sandy Aitkin out - 4/11
Mille Lacs Mille Lacs out - 4/16
Southwest
Name County Status
Shetek Murray out - 3/27
Sarah Murray out - 3/27
     
     
South Central
Name County Status
Budd Martin out - 3/27
Clear Waseca out - 3/27
Sakatah Le Seuer out - 3/27
Albert Lea Freeborn out - 3/28
Southeast
Name County Status
Pepin Wabasha out - 3/27
     
     
     

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Last modified: May 5, 1999