Ice Report Chickawaukee, after the rain

A morning after rain Chickycircuit on the trusty icecycle revealed expected 1-2 inches surface ice loss, extensive puddles up to 1 inch deep, residual “pancakes” or old frozen slush often with jagged surface wrinkles, real runner rattlers. Ice fishermen report 10-16 inches of ice.
Drain holes all seem to be mankind related, eaten out fish holes, some runner catchers, no swimming holes, no linear eaten out cracks or old pressure ridgelets. Launch sites suffering from edges eaten out and dark dirt deposits which will likely warm up in the sun and melt out soon. Lloyd’s beach already plank access, public beach soon to follow.

The icecycle continues to please, especially if little wind. Genteel exertion gets me around the lake (2 1/.2 miles) in about 20 minutes, faster than a rowing shell in Summer or skates now. Rough ice/snow tolerance better than skates. Spikey knee boots are nice because of puddle splash from front wheel.

Do mountain bikes float? If anybody knows first hand please e mail me at “”. I could put a panel of 2 inch blue foam in the frame of the bike. I suspect if they float it is tires up, frame down, a frame panel would likely convert that to a flat float, nicer to hang onto and retrieve.



About Lloyd Roberts

Long time ice boater. Creator of the Gambit and Cheapskate boats. Author of the first definitive book on ice boating "Think Ice"One of the original members of the Chickawaukie ice boat club in Maine. Lloyd also lives on Chickawaukie and has played launch host to countless ice boaters over the years.
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