I will be sailing later today out of Balcom Cove. Saturday, Sunday, & Monday were all good days there. Why is it that the Mona Lake sailing contingent failed to share their fun here on the site ???
Tuesday on 1/16/18 showed little wind to work with. Whistler & Arrow #422 are still on the ice though. Wind forecast looks favorable for today, Thursday, and maybe Friday. Visual ice checks with the fisherman out on the lake shows 5-7 inches of thickness, variable roughness of the sheet, and it is now mostly snow covered. Ice has porosity due to the heavy rains and drainage prior to the snows. Ice has “some” vertical bubbles in the lower layer and is a mix of white ice over black ice in structure.
Be aware that The Tug pushed through at mid-day on Monday. It appears that his track is very consistent with the shipping channel shown for the Cross Lake Ferry that berths at Great Lakes Marina. The channel ice that was broken by The Tug is quite visible as ice chunks pushed upward and have refrozen approximately 18″ up off the surface.
Get your boats out and sail the bigger lake before the next thaw, or be prepared to travel going forward.