The ice in the res has picked up its translucent mottling, and it won’t be long before we get to see the sun sparkle on the waves. Yesterday on my drive down the hill I noticed open water along the northern shore line. I thought it might start to break up a few days ago when we had a touch of wind, but the southern shore is still ice locked. Earlier in the week we woke to a wet deck, so at some point through the night we had some rain…the first of the season.
The basic rule of thumb is the reservoir freezes up around thanksgiving and thaws around Easter. With the spring melt higher along the divide increasing the creeks flow in mid May-to mid June. The spillover the dam typically happens in early June.
This year on our trip to the cabin for thanksgiving I grabbed an 8 pound bag of ice, when we got back and cleaned out the cooler I left the cooler outside with the ice still inside. To our surprise we were able to re-use the same bag of ice for our New Years and Spring Break Trip…about 4 months of use out of a single bag! I’m thinking if we ever get a chest freezer and stick it in one of the unheated sheds..it will be environmentally cooled for a third of the year.