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Algonquin Park Ice Conditions

Mew Lake in Algonquin Park

Image: Mew Lake (with the deeper section of the lake still partially ice covered [see far left]) on April 22, 2015 (click to enlarge).

Summary

Many small lakes in Algonquin Park have become ice free. Ice cover on Algonquin Park's medium and large sized lakes is a combination of partially ice covered and ice covered restricting travel depending upon the lake. Satellite imagery is still showing ice covered lakes in Algonquin Park's higher elevations.

A helicopter flight to assess ice conditions in Algonquin Park is scheduled for the week of April 27 to May 1, 2015 (weather permitting). Watch for updates from this 'ice flight' here. The status of ice conditions in Algonquin Park may have implications for the current restrictions on backcountry permits. Watch for potential updates on this topic if warranted. See the current list of what is open and closed in Algonquin Park.

See additional images below or on The Friends of Algonquin Park Facebook Page. Or watch live views of Fork Lake and its ice conditions via the Algonquin Park Webcam.

Stay tuned to this Algonquin Park Ice Out Conditions Webpage for updates as conditions warrant.


Satellite Imagery

Below is a satellite image taken on April 25, 2015 of the ice cover in Algonquin Park and surrounding area. Click for an enlarged version.

April 25, 2015

Satellite Image of Algonquin Park Ice Cover


Recent Algonquin Park Images

April 22, 2015

Below: Mew Lake on April 22, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Mew Lake in Algonquin Park

Below: Park Lake on April 22, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Park Lake in Algonquin Park

April 21, 2015

Below: Basin Lake on April 21, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Basin Lake in Algonquin Park

Below: Billy Lake on April 21, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Billy Lake in Algonquin Park

Below: Bonnechere River near Buck Lake on April 21, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Bonnechere River near Buck Lake in Algonquin Park

Below: McKaskill Lake on April 21, 2015 (click to enlarge)

McKaskill Lake in Algonquin Park

Below: Lake of Two Rivers on April 21, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Lake of Two Rivers on April 21, 2015

Below: Smoke Lake on April 21, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Smoke Lake in Algonquin Park on April 21, 2015

Below: Canoe Lake on April 21, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on April 21, 2015

April 20, 2015

Below: Brewer Lake on April 20, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on April 20, 2015

Below: Lake of Two Rivers on April 20, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Lake of Two Rivers Ice Conditions on April 20, 2015

April 18, 2015

A selection of images taken on April 18, 2015, showing deteriorating ice quality on many waterbodies.

Below: Lake Opeongo Access Point on April 18, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Ice Conditions at Lake Opeongo Algonquin Park on April 18, 2015

Below: Lake Opeongo Access Point on April 18, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Lake Opeongo April 18, 2015

Below: Looking north from Lake Opeongo Access Point on April 18, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Lake Opeongo on April 18, 2015

Below: Lake of Two Rivers on April 18, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Lake of Two Rivers on April 18, 2015

Below: Lake of Two Rivers Campground Beach on April 18, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Lake of Two Rivers on April 18, 2015

Below: Oxtongue River downstream of km 8 of Highway 60 on April 18, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Oxtongue River in Algonquin Park on April 18, 2015

Below: Park Lake (at Highway 60 and the West Boundary) on April 18, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Park Lake in Algonquin Park on April 18, 2015

April 16, 2015

A selection of panorama images taken on April 16, 2015. Ice still remains tight to shore, but showing signs of melting. Snow depth still remains an access issue in many locations.

Below: Lake of Two Rivers on April 16, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Lake of Two Rivers Ice Conditions on April 16, 2015

Below: Smoke Lake on April 16, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Lake Opeongo Access Point in Algonquin Park - April 13, 2015

Below: Canoe Lake on April 16, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Canoe Lake Ice Conditions on April 16, 2015

April 13, 2015

A selection of images taken on April 13, 2015 in Algonquin Park. See more image on The Friends of Algonquin Park Facebook Page.

Below: Lake Opeongo Access Point Office looking north on April 13, 2015. Ice remains tight to shore, but snow depth is decreasing.

Lake Opeongo Access Point

Below: Canoe Lake looking north from the Canoe Lake Access Point Office on April 13, 2015.

Canoe Lake - April 13, 2015

Below: Lake of Two Rivers looking toward the Lake of Two Rivers Campground on April 13, 2015.

Lake of Two Rivers - April 13, 2015

Below: Costello Creek along the Opeongo Road looking south on April 13, 2015. This section of Costello Creek is one of the first creeks along Highway 60 to open in the spring.

Costello Creek - April 13, 2015

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Ice Comparison

Below is a satellite image taken on April 18, 2015 of the ice cover in Algonquin Park and surrounding area. Click for an enlarged version.

Algonquin Park Ice Cover April 18, 2015

Below is a satellite image of ice conditions in Algonquin Park on April 19, 2014. The ice out date for Lake Opeongo in 2014 was May 7. Compare this image with the current satellite image from 2015 to help estimate this year's ice out date in Algonquin Park.

Ice Cover April 17, 2014

Below is a satellite image from April 22, 2013. The Lake Opeongo ice out date for this year was April 30, 2013.

Algonquin Park Ice Conditions April 15, 2013

Below is a satellite image from the record early ice out of 2012. Mild winter conditions combined with a unusually warm spring resulted in a record early Lake Opeongo ice out date of March 29.

Algonquin Park Ice Conditions April 3, 2012

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Lake Opeongo Ice Out History

Technically, the official ice out date for Lake Opeongo is recorded when at boat can safely navigate from the Lake Opeongo Access Point to the Happy Isle Portage in the North Arm. Ice out for Algonquin Park's largest lake, Lake Opeongo, has ranged from as early as March 29 (2012) to as late as May 15 (1972). The current average ice out date is April 23, shown by the dotted trend line below. The official ice out date for Lake Opeongo in 2014 was May 7.

Lake Opeongo Ice Out Dates (Data) from 1964 to present


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