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    Just wondering how breakup is going for everyone. Breakup here in my area is very slow this year. Biting at the bit to get the boat in the water. As of today, this is what my lake looks like.


    JOHN

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    Beautiful picture of your lake!

    breakup is starting to happen here. We had some rain upriver and that really got the water running! Still running mostly on top and around the river ice, but it is slowly rotting the solid ice out and carving some channels and open leads and black holes. Wouldn't mind if we just take it slow and easy here and breakup doesn't happen too soon as there is still a lot of solid ice out there.

    Hope to take a walk~about and snap some pictures today.
    Lori
    If God had intended us to follow recipes,
    He wouldn't have given us grandmothers. ~Linda Henley

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Alaska Grandma View Post
      Beautiful picture of your lake!

      breakup is starting to happen here. We had some rain upriver and that really got the water running! Still running mostly on top and around the river ice, but it is slowly rotting the solid ice out and carving some channels and open leads and black holes. Wouldn't mind if we just take it slow and easy here and breakup doesn't happen too soon as there is still a lot of solid ice out there.

      Hope to take a walk~about and snap some pictures today.
      Lori
      The only open water we have is close to the beach. The longest about30ft. 5ft. wide. We had really thick ice this year, one spot measured just about 6ft. thick. The average was about 3 to 5 ft. thick
      JOHN

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      • #4
        Wow with that thick of ice you do still have a while to go until it clears/melts out! You need some hot temps now to get it going!

        For the most part we had an early dump of snow that really insulated the ice this year so not too much overflow around and as far as i can tell the ice isn't all that thick, at least right here by the cabin. There are always those spots here and there that overflow every year. And it is those areas that most concern me as to how breakups gonna go or if the ice will decide to stop and jam. One is just a little ways downriver which could lead to problems. We do got a camp set up on higher ground if we need to use it, but it is about 1/2 mile out back across the flat then up the hill so it takes a bit to walk out there.

        We never even had to chop out a water hole this year. Found a couple of hollow places and just crashed through that to find some shallow running water. Then we had a bit of overflow and we were able to scoop water from the edges where it met the deep snow. Been a nice winter that way!

        Just saw 2 large seagulls floating out front when I went out to dip a bucket of water. Nice!
        If God had intended us to follow recipes,
        He wouldn't have given us grandmothers. ~Linda Henley

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Alaska Grandma View Post
          Wow with that thick of ice you do still have a while to go until it clears/melts out! You need some hot temps now to get it going!

          For the most part we had an early dump of snow that really insulated the ice this year so not too much overflow around and as far as i can tell the ice isn't all that thick, at least right here by the cabin. There are always those spots here and there that overflow every year. And it is those areas that most concern me as to how breakups gonna go or if the ice will decide to stop and jam. One is just a little ways downriver which could lead to problems. We do got a camp set up on higher ground if we need to use it, but it is about 1/2 mile out back across the flat then up the hill so it takes a bit to walk out there.

          We never even had to chop out a water hole this year. Found a couple of hollow places and just crashed through that to find some shallow running water. Then we had a bit of overflow and we were able to scoop water from the edges where it met the deep snow. Been a nice winter that way!

          Just saw 2 large seagulls floating out front when I went out to dip a bucket of water. Nice!
          My cooler in the ice worked out real well this winter. I took it out about a week ago. I just went out to day to haul water,it was tough. It was easy getting it to the beach but, pulling the sled with 2.. 7gal jugs of water over rocks was workout. I am seeing quite a few seagulls and it's funny watching them look for water to land on. So, they are landing on ice.
          JOHN

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          • #6
            boy i bet u cant wait for it to melt so you can get the heck outa there! walmart callin your name?
            Semper Fi!

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            • #7
              I'd bet we can't wait for it to melt and breakup to be over so we can launch our boats/canoes and do some fishing...

              Walmart? I don't think so. Not in my future anyways.
              If God had intended us to follow recipes,
              He wouldn't have given us grandmothers. ~Linda Henley

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Alaska Grandma View Post
                I'd bet we can't wait for it to melt and breakup to be over so we can launch our boats/canoes and do some fishing...

                Walmart? I don't think so. Not in my future anyways.
                I was out today doing maintenace on the motor so I will be ready.
                JOHN

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                • #9
                  cabin fever u betcha!
                  Semper Fi!

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                  • #10
                    John,
                    A lattice of bows or twigs should get that sled over the rocks/gravel. That is how we get boats back to the water line after a high tide.

                    Living the dream. Oh and I want you to keep the ice up at that end till it melts. I know you are not on Iliamna but last year on June 12 we had the wind shift and pushed all the ice down the lake and it was so bad I wouldn't let the boats go out. That is the latest I have ever had it run ice past the lodge.

                    George

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                    • #11
                      heres link to our starting point, its coming along.. won,t be long now!
                      http://www.deshkalanding.com/
                      Remember, Mother nature has no forgiveness for stupidity.
                      If you don't care where you are, your not lost

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by George Riddle View Post
                        John,
                        A lattice of bows or twigs should get that sled over the rocks/gravel. That is how we get boats back to the water line after a high tide.

                        Living the dream. Oh and I want you to keep the ice up at that end till it melts. I know you are not on Iliamna but last year on June 12 we had the wind shift and pushed all the ice down the lake and it was so bad I wouldn't let the boats go out. That is the latest I have ever had it run ice past the lodge.

                        George
                        I remember how brutal that ice can be. When I was on the Kvichak at Ron Hayes place, some of those ice chunks were as big as a house.
                        JOHN

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SusitnaAk View Post
                          heres link to our starting point, its coming along.. won,t be long now!
                          http://www.deshkalanding.com/
                          Thanks for the update.
                          JOHN

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                          • #14
                            John,

                            And you were 30-40 miles down stream. Spring would always bring you gifts from up river tho. If Steve didn't get it first and Holmans.

                            George

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                            • #15
                              Hey alaska4ever, the ice just went out of the creek last night! (Alexander that is) last report I had was it is out past Sucker Creek. Water is high and flowing fast. Been a longer than usual breakup here at the mouth than usaual, especialy since the misses and I just bought a plane and I am ready for flying lessons! Would be nice to see more sun eh?

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