Over the past week or so, it has been a treat to watch the difference in ice and open water on Lake Superior, right in Bluefin Bay’s own backyard.
This winter has been colder than average thus far, which means Lake Superior could entirely freeze over for the first time in well over a decade. White it hasn’t done so yet, every day in February the landscape of the lake looks a little bit different. Earlier in the week sheets of ice began to form in the bay, but were quickly broken up by wind and large waves. Yesterday, wind brought large patches of ice into the bay and in a matter of minutes, Bluefin and the surrounding shoreline in Tofte were completely covered in ice. The chunks of ice have solidifed and now the closest open water is a few hundered feet out.