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Important Bulletin - Delayed Spring Openings

ImportantOntario Parks is reporting that the 2016 opening dates for some areas of Algonquin Park will be delayed until May 4 or 6, 2016 (subject to change) due to winter conditions, ice covered lakes, and inaccessible snow covered roads.


Summary

Lake Opeongo in Algonquin Park

Image: Lake Opeongo became ice free on May 1, 2016.

All lakes in Algonquin Park are now presumed to be ice free. A flight over Algonquin Park, now rescheduled for May 3, 2016, will be used by Park Staff to confirm this assumption.

Lake Opeongo, Algonquin Park's largest lake and one of the last to shed its ice cover, became ice free on May 1, 2016. The average ice out date for Lake Opeongo since 1964 is April 23. This year's ice out was approximately a week later than average, but did not challenge the record late date of May 15 (1972).

Live Views of Algonquin ParkSnow-covered gravel roads with muddy sections continue to restrict travel to backcountry access points. As a result, they are currently closed to public travel, with many gated or barricaded to prevent infrastructure damage. Many facilities in Algonquin Park remain closed, including some campgrounds, backcountry access points, snow covered and/or muddy roads, plus several inaccessible trails. Most of these areas are scheduled to open on May 4 with the Brent area on May 6, 2016.

Canoeists and anglers are reminded that Algonquin Park’s waterbodies that may become free of ice are extremely cold and can be deadly.

Ontario Parks recommends…

  • Always wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD).
  • Plan as though you’ll end up in the water.
  • Know the dangers of ending up in cold water and the drowning risk from ingesting frigid water.
  • Wear a dry suit or dry top and pants.
  • Wear gloves with at least 5 mm of neoprene lining.
  • Never paddle alone. Go out with another boat.
  • Carry a throw bag so someone can pull you to shore.
  • Tell someone where you’re going.
  • Practice your rescue techniques in case you have to pull someone from the water.

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 2015 was May 1. The ice out date for Lake Opeongo in 2016 was also May 1.

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


Recent Algonquin Park Images

A selection of recent images from Algonquin Park. See the caption for the date and location. More images are available on The Friends of Algonquin Park Facebook Page.

Lake of Two Rivers on April 28, 2016

Image: Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on April 28, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on April 28, 2016

Image: Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on April 28, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Found Lake on April 28, 2016

Image: Found Lake in Algonquin Park on April 28, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Brent Road in Algonquin Park on April 28, 2016

Image: Brent Road near km 11 on April 28, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Smoke Lake on April 28, 2016

Image: Smoke Lake in Algonquin Park on April 28, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Smoke Lake on April 28, 2016

Image: Smoke Lake in Algonquin Park on April 28, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Tea Lake on April 28, 2016

Image: Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on April 28, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Canoe Lake on April 27, 2016

Image: Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on April 27, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Image: Smoke Lake in Algonquin Park on April 27, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Cache Lake on April 27, 2016

Image: Cache Lake in Algonquin Park on April 27, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Lake of Two Rivers on April 27, 2016

Image: Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on April 27, 2016 (click to enlarge).

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West Gate of Algonquin Park on April 26, 2016.

Image: At the West Gate of Algonquin Park on April 26, 2016.

Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on April 25, 2016

Image above: Lake of Two Rivers on April 25, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Road into the Tim River Access Point on April 25, 2016

Image above: Snow covered road into the Tim River Access Point on April 25, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on April 25, 2016

Image above: Canoe Lake on April 25, 2016 (click to enlarge)

Lake Opeongo in Algonquin Park on April 25, 2016

Image above: Lake Opeongo Access Point on April 25, 2016 (click to enlarge). The Access Point area of free of ice, but Sproule Bay, the South Arm, and all other sections of Lake Opeongo are expected to be ice covered.

Eos Lake in Algonquin Park on April 25, 2016

Image above: Eos Lake on April 25, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Kiosk Campground in Algonquin Park on April 25, 2016

Image above: Kioshkokwi Lake at Kiosk Campground on April 25, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Mew Lake in Algonquin Park on April 25, 2016

Image above: Mew Lake on April 25, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Smoke Lake in Algonquin Park on April 25, 2016

Image above: Smoke Lake on April 25, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on April 25, 2016

Image above: Brewer Lake on April 25, 2016 (click to enlarge).

Park Lake in Algonquin Park on April 20, 2016

Image above: Partially open waters of Park Lake on April 20, 2016 (click to enlarge). Park Lake is located at the Western Boundary of Algonquin Park at Highway 60. This shallow lake is at lower elevation than most in Algonquin Park, and has significant flow toward the Oxtongue River, and thus sheds its ice earlier than most other lakes.

See more images on The Friends of Algonquin Park Facebook Page.


Latest Satellite Imagery

Below is satellite imagery of the Algonquin Park area. Imagery is taken on a regular basis and the best images are recorded on completely clear days. Images are posted to highlight the overall changes in ice conditions in south-central Ontario.

April 26, 2016

Satellite Image of Ice Cover in Algonquin Park on April 26, 2016


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