By: Jennifer Bateman | Monday, December 08, 2014
This picture was taken from a few years ago, and is a good example of how Two Inlets Lake is used in the winter.
This blog post may be more for people who don't live in Minnesota, or didn't grow up in Minnesota, or have never stayed at a Minnesota resort in the winter. The notion that Minnesota lakes are frozen from Thanksgiving to mid-April is difficult to picture, especially if your only experience with them is during the summer when you are on your family vacation. But they indeed do freeze. The ice gets thick enough to support the weight of a person, then a snowmobile or ATV, and then finally the weight of a permanent ice fishing house and a truck! It's not uncommon for the ice to reach a thickness of 25-30 inches at it's peak. People drive on the ice all the time and larger lakes even plow roads. There is not enough ice fishing activity on Two Inlets Lake to warrant a road, and it also takes a volunteer willing to do it.
When the ice is freezing, expanding and contracting, is makes some interesting noises that I never get tired of hearing. It often sounds like a kettle drum or thunder. High pitched "pinging" sounds are common, as well as a typical cracking sound that happens when it actually cracks. And at times it simply sounds like a big whale is under the ice, if you can imagine that. All these sounds are much more dramatic when the ice is not covered with snow.
This crack shows that the ice is about 12 inches thick.
I personally think the ice is the most fun when there is no snow to cover it. If you're lucky enough to have a fast, smooth freeze (usually requiring a night with no wind, no snow, and air temperatures of below zero) the ice-skating is tremendous (but watch out for the cracks)! It also makes ice fishing hassle free. Being able to see the various cracks and bubbles is a plus. You could spend an entire day just walking around the lake looking at all the different "art." Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of what I am talking about.
No two air bubbles are alike. This one is about 14" across.
These cracks are more impressive to the naked eye, and MUCH bigger than the camera shows.
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
Jennifer and Bob live on their Park Rapids, MN resort year around. Every season at the lake brings it's beauty, but summer is their favorite time of year.