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PostPosted: April 5th, 2021, 8:03 pm 
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I just did the same flight, from Toronto to Muskoka to Peterborough and back. I didn't see any ice or snow anywhere. The route took me over QEW II Wildlands and then Chemong and Pigeon lakes around Peterborough, over Fenelon Falls. The ice is gone from Couchiching and Simcoe. Cranberry and Balsam lakes were major waypoints, and both of those were completely ice free as well. I can confidently say the Trent-Severn is ice free at this time.

I'm learning to fly if anyone's wondering, and just now at the solo cross country stage of training. I'm asking my instructor to authorize me to take a detour over the south end of Algonquin when I fly from Muskoka to Peterborough the next time I fly, hopefully I'll be able to report back with that.

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PostPosted: April 6th, 2021, 9:16 am 
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recped wrote:

It happens when you zoom in too close, at some altitude level (5 miles?) it switches to the standard satellite view from the daily view.


That is a different issue that I don't see as a prob. When I zoom in I can see a clear summertime pic in which I can identify an area or lake, then zoom out to see a current pic. It's the other issue that threw me for a loop and I find irksome i.e. showing some sort of default pic until they load up today's pic. There's enough 'fake news' everywhere else on the internet. I don't need it on the sat pix. :( (BTW---the ice is all gone in Algon again right now----prob ice up this aft!! :o )

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PostPosted: April 6th, 2021, 1:40 pm 
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There's a new webcam at Lake of Two Rivers now...

https://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/news/ice-out.php

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PostPosted: April 6th, 2021, 2:56 pm 
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frozentripper wrote:
There's a new webcam at Lake of Two Rivers now...

https://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/news/ice-out.php


Thanks! I like their comparisons to other years with ice out dates as well... based on my completely unscientific assessment, It looks like we are on track for an early-is ice out date this year.


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wotrock wrote:

That is a different issue that I don't see as a prob. When I zoom in I can see a clear summertime pic in which I can identify an area or lake, then zoom out to see a current pic. It's the other issue that threw me for a loop and I find irksome i.e. showing some sort of default pic until they load up today's pic. There's enough 'fake news' everywhere else on the internet. I don't need it on the sat pix. :( (BTW---the ice is all gone in Algon again right now----prob ice up this aft!! :o )


I am pretty sure I am seeing this other bug right now. It nearly fooled me yesterday as well! Looked like there was an epic melt overnight with all of Algonquin pretty much ice-out. Check back later and it shows the "proper" image.


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PostPosted: April 8th, 2021, 5:05 pm 
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Looks like Opeongo is really breaking up today. I imagine official ice out will be announced tomorrow. Lots of ice free lakes in the park now.


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PostPosted: April 12th, 2021, 7:07 am 
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Official ice-out date = April 10th, one of the earliest recorded


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PostPosted: April 12th, 2021, 8:04 am 
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open_side_up wrote:
Official ice-out date = April 10th, one of the earliest recorded


Yes, the 3rd earliest ice out date on record.

Some other trivia:
- It's been 9 years since the last early April ice out.
- Also somewhat surprisingly there were more May ice out dates (5) in the last 10 years than there had been in a 10 year period for the previous 3 decades.

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PostPosted: April 12th, 2021, 9:32 am 
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Does anyone know if the Road out to Brain lake is open/driveable with a pickup?


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PostPosted: April 12th, 2021, 9:37 am 
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Does this mean black flies will be out for trout opener???


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PostPosted: April 12th, 2021, 2:58 pm 
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Unlikely, even going back to the year ice was out in March the black flies were only about a week ahead of normal. It all depends on what the weather is like between now and opener.

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PostPosted: April 13th, 2021, 9:15 am 
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Splake wrote:
Unlikely, even going back to the year ice was out in March the black flies were only about a week ahead of normal. It all depends on what the weather is like between now and opener.


I hope you're right! My late-April trip has been pushed back to early/mid-May and I was worried that the dreaded black flies would be coming in early this year due to the early thaw. Would be great if I can still get out ahead of them.


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