‘’The Scoop’' - February Ice Report on Lake of the Woods from Totem Resorts.
As many of you know, our winter was off to a rocky start, with temperatures being extremely warm trough-out most of December, making for ice conditions to be a bit slushy, but luckily the end of January thru the beginning of February we were hit with over a record breaking freezing week of -40 Degree Celsius (-40 Fahrenheit) conditions making for extremely good ice building conditions!
All Ice is now completely normal for this time of the year, making for fanatics vehicle access when off roading from our ice roads (still approach with extreme caution) and great snowmobiling, and tracked machine usage.
Long Bay/ Regina Bay (Sioux Narrows, Ontario)
Ice conditions are now 2’+ all down Long Bay with ice getting thicker by the day! Travel is now easily safe for any sized vehicle and ice conditions are mostly solid black ice with a 4’ top layer of white ice. We’re seeing about 8-12’’ of snow conditions on top of the ice- perfect for those Lake of the Woods Walleyes!
Whitefish Bay (Sioux Narrows)
This area is showing fantastic signs of solid black ice. Thickness here ranges from 14’’ all the way to 2’ making for excellent travel and fishing conditions across this area of Lake of the Woods and chasing the monster Lake Trout this section has to offer.
Sunset Channel/ Tug Channel
Traveling anywhere down Sunset Channel and the Tug Channel has been wonderful conditions for over a month now. You’ll see 2’ + anywhere down these areas, and the conditions being mainly solid black ice.
In the north side of the lake, the ice roads are improving thickness wise slowly but surely. Road to Windigo Island is in good shape other than a little rough in places. Roads to Queer island, French Narrows, Andrew Bay, Pipestone Point, the gap of Moore Bay are open as well.