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Ice-Out - May 12, 2013 - South Shore Public Access

Some Ice In/Out History Detroit Lake

The ice-in date for 2014 for Detroit was Saturday, November 15th. The last year that it was this early was in 1997.

Since 1997 the earliest ice-in was November 20th and the average is November 29th, so we definitely interrupted a pattern of later ice-in dates.

In contrast, in the early and mid-1990's November ice-in dates occurred on the 3rd (1991), 8th (1993), 11th (1995), 12th (1996), and 15th (1997). Ice-in has taken place in October 5 times in the 105 year record for Detroit.

The latest ice-in date was December 16 in 1999.

2013 Ice-out Detroit Lake:

Sunday, May 12, 2013

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We need warmer weather! Lake Detroiters weighed in with a 2013 May 5th ice-out day ... of course the latest ice-off since 1893 is May 17th which occurred in 1950. Only 14 times in 120 years has ice-out occurred in May.


Flamingos and Sunset on DL - Tollefson
                                                                                                                PHOTO CREDIT: Tom Tollefson; Detroit Lake

Check out this article from the 1996 Detroit Lakes Newspaper:

History - Ice Break and Freeze Dates for Detroit Lake

2016 Ice-out Information

Official 2016 ice-out on Detroit Lake was Tuesday, March 29th and the fourth earliest in the 133 years of record keeping.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REPORT

2016 Ice-out Chart

2013 proves to be late for ice-out.  It's May 5th and ice remains on the lake. The Detroit Lakes Newspapers has accumulated data since 1893 on ice-out and freeze dates.

Only 8 times in the last 120 years for Detroit Lake has ice still been on the lake May 5th.

More rare ... only 4 times in the last 120 years has there been ice on the lake AFTER May 5th .... now 2013 will be the 6th time since 1893!

The latest ice-out ==> 1956 on May 17th according to the Detroit Lakes Newspapers.