Ice-In and Ice-out dates for Clary Lake

This data has been compiled by David Hodsdon. See notes 1 & 2 below for his criteria for determining ice-in and ice-out.

YearIce-OutIce-InComments
20014/24/200112/22/2001 
20023/31/200211/29/2002 
20034/16/200312/05/2003 
20044/09/200412/15/2004 
20054/13/200512/09/2005 
20063/23/200612/30/2006 
20074/22/200712/04/2007 
20084/18/200812/18/2008 See note 3
20094/09/200912/13/2009 
20103/18/201012/17/2010 
20114/13/20111/15/2012See note 4
20123/21/201212/15/2012 
20134/03/201311/30/2013See note 5
20144/14/201412/06/2014See notes 6, 7
20154/19/20151/14/2016 See note 8
20163/13/2016 12/12/2016 
20174/15/2017Mostly out on April 13th.

 

Notes

  1. The criterion for ice-out is when the lake is sufficiently free of ice that one can boat round the lake within a few feet of shore (essentially completely free of ice).
  2. The criterion for ice-in is when the lake is first completely covered with ice for the winter.
  3. Ice started out on the 16th and loons arrived on the 17th.
  4. First ice-in on 12/19/2011 then out a few days later.
  5. Considerable open water along the north shore by mid-March and there were loons observed in late March.
  6. David said the ice went out between 4 and 5 pm on April 14th. I don’t think he’s ever put that fine a point on it. He also said that the loons were back on the 12th, a point on which I agree.
  7. The lake initially froze over completely on November 29, 2014 but about half of it melted off again a few days later. It didn’t fully refreeze until the night of December 6th.
  8. The lake was completely covered with ice on January 6, 2016 but an area opened up again a few days later and didn’t completely refreeze until January 14, 2016