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4 Mile Lake Ice-Watch...Update 

[Last Updated: 19-Dec-2016 ]

see 25+ years of 4ML Ice-out and thaw History

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Friday, December 16th, 2016
Jeff Russell [Island Court] & Brian Causton [Birch Glen Dr] report...
The lake froze right on schedule this year - mid-December is the average over 25 years.
Winter 2016
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[photo courtesy Francis McQuaid] [photo courtesy Jim Russell]
 
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Jeff Russell reports [from Indian Court, 4ML Island] ....Brian has confirmed that the ice is out today!  Welcome spring!  The official ice-out date is March 31.

Spring 2016
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[photo courtesy Jeff Russell] [photo courtesy Jim Russell]
Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
Jim Russell reports [from Birch Glen Dr]
The lake froze very late this year, finally holding frozen over on Jan 5th, 2016.
Winter 2015
   
[photo courtesy Jim Russell]  
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Brian Causton reports [from Birch Glen Dr] HiGuys--looks like the 19th is the day.

Jeff Russell reports [from Indian Court, 4ML Island] ....We watched the ice move around the lake yesterday and last night. I think it was close to being "out" yesterday, but there was a significant amount of ice still present. Looks to be all gone this morning. I think today is the day! April 19th. Get the boats out!

Spring 2015
[photo courtesy Jeff Russell] [photo courtesy Francis McQuaid]
Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
Jeff Russell reports [from Indian Court, 4ML island]
The lake froze briefly on Dec 20th, but a subsequent mild spell cause a full-lake melt.  The start of a cold snap froze the lake on December 30th.
Winter 2014
[photo courtesy Jeff Russell] [photo courtesy Jeff Russell]
Friday, April 25, 2014
Brian Causton reports [from Birch Glen Dr]
 ....The ice went out Thursday night and settled in the middle of the lake on Friday morning. Northeast wind moved remainder to west side of lake.
Jim Russell reports [from Birch Glen Dr]
....The ice went out last night (Thursday 4/24/2014) and went over to west side shore. Most of it parked in Green Bay during Friday, and some some collected at north end in Dugout bay (by the island). Cleared on west side and by the island on 25th.
Spring 2014
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[photo courtesy Jim Russell] [photo courtesy Jeff Russell]
Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Jeff Russell reports [from Indian Court, 4ML island] .... it looks like the ice will hold, so the official freeze date is Dec. 12th

Jim Russell reports [from Birch Glen Dr] ....The lake froze briefly early in December (5th) but broke up after a few days of warmer weather.  Heavy winds kept the lake open for another week, despite very cold temps.  4ML finally froze on th 12th.

Winter 2013
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[photo courtesy Jim Russell] [photo courtesy Jeff Russell]
Thursday April 18, 2013
Jeff Russell reports [from Indian Court, 4ML island] .... Main part of lake went on April 18th, ice blew into Dugout bay.

Jim Russell reports [from Birch Glen Dr] ....The ice went Thursday evening, and a south wind took some of the ice pieces into some of the shoreline areas that are exposed to a south wind. The strong south winds deposited most of the remaining ice at the north end of the lake by the island, but also some ice pieces rolled in just north of the Public Beach and Boat Ramp on the East Side of the lake, just north of the point of the arm on Birch Glen Drive East Side of lake, North on Wilkinson Drive from Scott’s property West side of Lake and some on south end of Griffin Drive on West side of lake.

Spring 2013
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[photo courtesy Francis McQuaid] [photo courtesy Jim Russell]

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Wednesday, December 26th
Jeff Russell reports [from Indian Court, 4ML island] .... it appears that the lake froze yesterday (26th)

Jim Russell reports [from Birch Glen Dr] .... it looked to be frozen all over, thoughout the day today (25th). there were dark spots, but all of them appeared to be ice by morning 26th.

Brian Causton reports [from east side 4ML]...It froze up before midnight on the 25th

Winter 2013
[photo courtesy Matt Deyell] [photo courtesy Jeff Russell]
Saturday March 24, 2012
Jeff Russell reports [from Indian Court, 4ML island]
.... So, the jury is in, and we've set Saturday March 24th as the Ice-out date. 2 weeks of record warmth, little snow.  This is the earliest ice-out date that we've recorded. 

[Ed: damage to property and buildings on west side of lake when ice drifted up on shore.]

Spring 2012
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[photo courtesy Jim Russell] [photo courtesy Jeff Russell]
Thursday, Dec. 29 2011
Paul Lewis reports [from Griffin Drive, west side 4ML]... "The lake froze over this morning, as evidenced by the picture, dark ice was approx 1 inch thick. This was taken by Paul Lewis, on the west side of FML, @ 98 Griffin Drive, at approximately 11am ...the lake was quite active the evening before with the winds, but by this morning was frozen over solid."  Check out the 4ML Discussion Forum to add your pictures, see more observations & comments...

Jeff Russell reports [from Indian Court, 4ML island] .... Dec 29 2011
 

Winter 2012
freezeup2011.jpg lakeopen2011-1.jpg
[photo courtesy Paul Lewis] [photo courtesy Jeff Russell]
April 15, 2011
Jeff Russell reports [from Indian Court, 4ML island] .... even though the ice started to collect on the east shore today (yikes - winter almost returned!)..... we'll officially set Saturday April 16th as our "out date".

Paul Lewis reports
[from Griffin Drive, west side 4ML]

"It appears as though April 16, 2011 is the ice out date. Picture taken from the end of Griffin Drive, on west side of lake"
Spring 2011
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[photo courtesy Paul Lewis] [photo courtesy Jeff Russell]
Wednesday December 15 2010
Jeff Russell reports [from Indian Court, 4ML island]

"Looks like full lake freeze on 15th".

Paul Lewis reports
[from Griffin Drive, west side 4ML]

"It looks as though Four Mile has finally frozen over as of this morning, December 15, 2010. These pictures are provided from the west side of Four Mile at end of Griffin Drive..
Winter 2011
[photo courtesy Paul Lewis] [photo courtesy Jeff Russell]
Thursday April 1, 2010
Chris Ostrovski reports [from Hillside Drive, 4ML east side]

"We were up on the 31st of March and the ice was still on - the morning of April 01 the ice was gone on FML".

Paul Lewis reports
[from Griffin Drive, west side 4ML]

"Ice out April 1st, 2010. Picture attached taken from north west corner, Parkers at end of Griffin Drive. Earlier then traditional by a week".
Spring 2010
[photo courtesy Chris Ostrovski] [photo courtesy Paul Lewis]
Friday December 18, 2009
Brian Causton reports [from west side 4ML]
"I think you can call it [Dec 18th] for official freeze up--we'll probably be skating on it by the first of the week."
Winter 2010
[photo courtesy Jeff Russell] [photo courtesy Francis McQuaid]
Saturday April 11, 2009
Jeff Russell reports
[from 4ML Island]

"It looks like we can call today the Ice-out day!"

Jim Russell reports [from west side 4ML]
"west side of 4ML was last to go our this year, high winds took the remainder of the ice to the south"

Spring 2009

[photo courtesy Jeff Russell] [photo courtesy Jim Russell]
Wednesday Dec. 10, 2008
Jeff Russell reports
[from 4ML Island]

It appears that the ice freeze has held. I think that we can declare the Lake frozen!

Monday Dec. 9, 2008
Brian Causton reports
[from east 4ML]
Hello all FMLakers-our little patch of blue froze over Sunday night, December 6

Winter 2009

[photo courtesy Jeff Russell] [photo courtesy Jim Russell]
Saturday April 19, 2008
Jim Russell reports
[from east 4ML]

The ice moved northwards fully during Saturday, fully clearing by sundown.  

 
[photo courtesy Jeff Russell]  
Tuesday December 11, 2007
Jeff Russell reports [from north-end 4ML]

I think we can declare the ice IN today. 

 
[photo courtesy Jeff Russell]  
April 19, 2007
Jeff Russell reports [from north-end 4ML]

"
I think we can declare the ice out today.   Nothing in site (anywhere on lake)"..

Brian Causton reports [from east-side 4ML]
[editor note: ice went out with a NE wind]

[photo courtesy Jeff Russell] [photo courtesy Brian Causton]
January 17, 2007
Jeff Russell reports [from north-end 4ML]

Brian Causton reports [from east-side 4ML]

"It's very late freezing this year"

[photo courtesy Jeff Russell] [photo courtesy Brian Causton]
April 13, 2006
Jeff Russell reports [from north-end 4ML]

I have officially set the ICE OUT date as today, Thursday April 13, 2006. Rain, coupled with a south east wind took the ice out to the north.

[photo courtesy Jeff Russell] [photo courtesy Brian Causton]
Dec 8, 2005
As reported by fourmiler [from east-side 4ML] - "Lake...froze over actually early Thursday (Dec 8) morning!!! Got about 8 inches of snow here Thursday".

Dec 7, 2005
Jeff Russell reports [from north-end 4ML] - "Based on my scientific assessment (see photos), and failing having definitive information, I have chosen Wednesday December 7th as the official ICE FROZEN date for this year".


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