Lake ice cover is seasonal and occurs where average daily temperature is below the freezing point. Once formed the lake ice thickens over the course of the winter as the temperature gets colder. The lakes thermal structure prepares for ice with 0 degrees Celsius water at the surface and denser 4 degrees Celsius at the bottom. Once meteorologic conditions provide colder air, relative to warmer water, the water does not get colder – instead ice forms. The ice is usually not gone until mid to late April.

January 16 2020 – Water is still very cold. Please use extreme caution when around any body of water.  

Lake Solitaire      100% ice coverage  with approx. 6″ thick (no fishing permitted after September 30th- 3rd Saturday in May – May 19 2018)

Buck Lake          100% ice coverage with 6-8″ thick

Helve Lake        100% ice coverage with minimum 6-8″ thick