Posted by: lakesuperiorpp | March 5, 2014

March is a good time to explore the park

***Be Careful – check ice conditions before walking on the ice – ice can be unsafe at river mouths and in narrow channels (like the narrow channel at the entrance to Inner Harbour of Brule Harbour); and there can be open water in streams and rivers/ also try to park off the highway shoulder and in areas with plowed parking areas***

March means longer days and warmer temperatures. The hiking trails in the park are often used by snowshoers all winter. Grab your snowshoes and walk one of the park trails or head out onto Lake Superior. (Some trails may be hard packed by snowshoers and you may not need snowshoes)
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Snowshoeing one of the park trails (March 2)

The whole of Lake Superior is at least 80% frozen this winter, so it is a good opportunity to go for a walk on the big lake. Some sections of the shoreline are better for walking than others. Frozen broken ice makes walking difficult in the Michipicoten Bay/Driftwood Beach/Michipicoten Post Provincial Park area. There are patches of frozen broken ice plus flat areas in the Agawa Rock area. The lake is generally flat in the Old Woman Bay area. Ice caves can be seen along the shore in the Old Woman Bay area.
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Agawa Rock Pictographs (February 16)

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Heading out at Sinclair Cove (February 16)IMG_1381
Frozen shoreline at Noisy Bay (March 2)
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Ice Cave at Noisy Bay (March 2)

Posted by: lakesuperiorpp | March 4, 2014

Gargantua Road bridge has been repaired

The bridge at the start of the Gargantua Road has been repaired. The road is scheduled to open when the park officially opens for the 2014 season: May 2, 2014. However, the opening of the road could be delayed if the road surface is soft from a late spring thaw or the road needs repairs due to washouts or downed trees. Check here for the latest news on the park roads.

Posted by: lakesuperiorpp | March 4, 2014

Snow depth report – March 3, 2014

The average snow depth at the Red Rock Lake park office snow station on March 3, 2014 was 139.1 cm/ 54.8 in.

Posted by: lakesuperiorpp | March 4, 2014

New Lake Superior Park website launched today.

The Friends of Lake Superior Park launched their new website today. It replaces an old site that was using old technology.

lakesuperiorpark.ca

(I can’t get the link to work in this blog post today)

Let us know how we can improve the website.

Posted by: lakesuperiorpp | February 26, 2014

Snow depth report – February 25, 2014

The snow depth on February 25 at the Red Rock Lake park office snow station was 141.9 cm/ 55.9 in.

Posted by: lakesuperiorpp | February 19, 2014

Lakesuperiorpark.ca website offline

Readers of this blog are probably aware that we also have the lakesuperiorpark.ca website. That website is offline at this time.

We are currently working on an all-new website. Due to some unusual circumstances, the old site ended up offline before the new site was ready to launch. We hope to have the new site online by February 28.

Posted by: lakesuperiorpp | February 19, 2014

Snow Depth Report: February 18, 2014

The snow depth on February 18 at the Red Rock Lake park office snow station was 136.2 cm/53.6 in.

Posted by: lakesuperiorpp | February 11, 2014

Snow Depth Report – February 9, 2014

The snow depth on February 9 at the Red Rock Lake  park office snow station was 130 cm/51 in. There was very little new snow in the past week, the temperature is still below normal for this time of year but the powder snow continues to settle. Therefore, the snow depth dropped 15 cm/6 in. in the past week.

I have updated the Snow Report for February 3. We heard from park staff that the record for snow depth in the past 30 years was 160 cm/63 in. in 1986 or 1987.

Posted by: lakesuperiorpp | February 5, 2014

Snow depth report – February 3 – new record*

Snow depth at the Red Rock Lake park office on February 3rd was 145.7 cm/ 57.4 in. This is a new record for the first week of February since snow depths were kept in 2003 (the previous record for the first week in February was 122.0 cm./48 in. in 2009).

This is also a new record for snow depth at any time of the winter since current information was collected starting in the fall of 2002. The previous record depth at any time of the winter was 138 cm/54.3 in. in April of 2013.

* Park staff have told us that the record snow depth in the past 30 years was 160 cm/ 63 in. in 1987.

Miijin Road highway sign on the side of Hwy. 17 is almost covered in snow.

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The bird feeder at the Red Rock Lake Park Office is now sitting on the snow. **(the bird feeder was moved higher after Feb. 3)

Posted by: lakesuperiorpp | January 28, 2014

Snow Depth Report – January 27, 2014

The average snow depth from the 10 snow stations at the Park Office at Red Rock Lake on Monday, January 27 was 124.0 cm (48.8 in.). This is the second highest depth of snow in the past 11 years. The most snow for the end of January was 125.0 cm (49.2 in.) in 2005.

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