Lake Minnetonka Ice Out History

Considering the cold and snow all around us, it may be hard to believe that last year's offical "Ice Out" day on Lake Minnetonka was on March 21st!

On Lake Minnetonka, the ice is designated as “out” when it is possible to travel by small boat from any one shore to another shore through any passage on the lake. Ice-out dates have been determined using this method since 1968.

Previous "ice out" methods included: when the ice was 50% gone, when a boat could circle Big Island, when a boat could travel between Wayzata and Excelsior, when a car fell through the ice and by visual observations from a number of lake locations.

Check out the grid below or click here to see a larger version of the official Ice Out dates according to the Freshwater Society of Lake Minnetonka.

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