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Algonquin Park Ice Conditions

After several days of above seasonal temperatures, all lakes in Algonquin Park are now ice free. All canoe routes and backcountry permit types are now available for the 2015 season. Several advisories remain in place in Algonquin Park. For more information see Algonquin Park Advisories.

Lake Opeongo Ice Out History

The official ice out date for Lake Opeongo in 2015 was May 1, which is about a week later than average (see below).

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.

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


Helicopter Ice Flight on April 29, 2015

A comprehensive helicopter flight over Algonquin Park on April 29, 2015 has determined that the majority of lakes in Algonquin Park are now ice free. See 200+ images from the "ice flight" or in the slideshow below. As a result, all overnight backcountry permits are now available (as of May 4, 2015).


Recent Algonquin Park Images

May 4, 2015

After several days of above seasonal temperatures, all lakes in Algonquin Park are now ice free.

April 29, 2015

Below: Lake Opeongo on April 29, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Lake Opeongo

Below: Carl Wilson Lake on April 29, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Carl Wilson

Below: Happy Isle Lake on April 29, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Happy Isle

Below: Lake Opeongo on April 29, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Lake Opeongo

Below: Lake Opeongo, East Arm on April 29, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Lake Opeongo

 

Below: Lake Opeongo at Bates Island on April 29, 2015 (click to enlarge)

Lake Opeongo

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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