Jan 22-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: January: Jan 22-05
Mouth meets lake    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Tracie Kalliainen
Strollin' the beach    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Tracie Kalliainen

Toivo from Toivola on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 08:04 am:

Snowcatting - it's been awhile since I've heard it called that. In current lingo it's known as snowmobiling. No matter what you call it, Tracie Kalliainen sure found a scenic spot to do some cattin' and walkin' around. Since I've never explored the area in person, I can't say exactly where this is, but I do know that the mouth of the Huron flows into Lake Superior down around the L'Anse/Baraga area. You can see the churned up water where the two sources converge, especially in that second shot. I'm thinking that snowmobiler is pretty brave to be walking along so close to the edge of that ice, unless of course he/she is sure there's shoreline beneath those feet! I wonder if the ice ever freezes over, all the way out to the islands in the picture? Then you'd really be walking on water!

Make sure you check out all the activities taking place for the Heikinpäivä in Hancock today, including one of my favorites: the Polar Bear Dive!

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 08:10 am:

Great pictures this morning. That water sure looks cold.

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 08:22 am:

The Polar Bear Dive? Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Don't even want to think about it. That is mind numbing. Its cold enough sitting here at my desk. I can't imagine jumping in water when its 12° out and thats what the temperature is outside here in Mishawaka IN. We got about 7 to 10 inches of snow last night.

By Yooper in Cadillac, MI on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 08:44 am:

Thanks for the photo, which brought back many memories of fishing for steelhead and salmon at the mouth of the Big Huron and Big Eric's Bridge. Do you remember Joe Finn? I for one am glad it is public land, otherwise there would be a big home there, along with the associated "Keep Out" signs. This way all who wish to travel there can enjoy nature's beauty!!

By sg/Milford on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 08:56 am:

Tell me. How thick does that ice get up there in the big lakes? Also, I would like to know how thick the ice gets on the channel behind the Ramada at Houghton. It appears snowmobiles ride up and down the canal, is that right?

By L-O-V-E Pastycam! on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 09:10 am:

Great pictures! Bet it's quiet there (once you turn off your engines ;)) Or is the ice noisy?

Isn't there a site that shows graphics with the progression of the ice cover on the big lake-- ?? I'd like to look at that site again, myself.

By flyindaily on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 09:24 am:

I was told, don't know how true, that my first year at da Tech, 1964/65 was the first winter in the history of the airplane where Superior froze over completely. Anybody confirm......

By sandstone princess on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 09:44 am:

Anytime you show a photo of water it is indeed a great photo. I live in Ioway, I think....looks just like my beloved UP: WHITE!
Zero degrees with winds up to 45 mph.
Downright cold.
Love it.
PTL for my home and warmth.
Have a great weekend everyone.

By sur5er, Indiana on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 09:47 am:

Flyindaily, the first noted year for Lake Superior to be completely frozen over, was in 1962.

I remember Lake Superior freezing over in the winter of '96-97. I took my daughter to Keweenaw in May and we watched the ice burgs (yep, the ice was that big and that thick) breaking up...talk about an awesome experience.

By Margaret, Amarillo, TX on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 10:02 am:

Oooooo, that looks cold.

By Joe Finn, Rhinelander, Wi on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 10:30 am:

I agree, Yooper in Cadillac. There is an eight foot deep hole close to the mouth of the Big Huron. I do not know what the toot was thinking, but his jeep was partially in this hole; only held up by an under water log. There was nobody around. Often wonder how he got that jeep out???

By Sandy Texas on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 10:58 am:

I'm so glad I am where I am...but seeing these photos sure give my imagination some great summers there ... Beautiful!

By Clyde...L'Anse, MI on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 11:45 am:

Mary...Here's a little Baraga County geography lesson fer ya. The mouth of the Huron River is located a few miles north of Skanee. The mouth of the river itself is located just inside Marquette County and the islands in the background are the Huron Islands. The mouth area is one of Baraga County's best kept secrets especially in the summer and that's all I'll say about that lol.

By Leslie, TX on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 11:49 am:

The site that shows the ice cover on the lakes is

It seems to me that the lakes froze over just a couple of years ago. In the March 12, 2003 pasty cam picture, https://www.pasty.com/discuss/messages/1779/1938.html
you can see a frozen Lake Superior in the distance, and I seem to recall the talk that winter about all the lakes freezing over.

By Clyde...L'Anse, MI on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 12:01 pm:

oops...ment to say Toivo lol.

Toivo sez -- Thanks Clyde! I'm bettin' Mary benefited from that Baraga County geography lesson too. ;-)

By Taana and Dad on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 12:10 pm:

Those are my sister's picts!! Happy birthday Tracie!! :>)

By Tracie, Westland on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 12:16 pm:

What a great bday present! Thanks everyone! The snowmobilier is my friend Tom. If you were looking where he is you would see the river. I have another pic of this same spot (summer sunrise) in my gallery.

By L-O-V-E Pastycam! on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 12:53 pm:

THANKS! Leslie- TX --for posting the address to check out the ice on the lake!

The saying should be: "Ask Pastycam, and ye shall recieve" ;)

By Biz, Kalkaska on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 03:39 pm:

MTU's Yoop Links/weather/webcam page is a nice way to get Great Lake water temps. Click on water temperatures.


The webcams are kinda nice, too.

By H J E from the U P. on Saturday, January 22, 2005 - 08:02 pm:

sg/in Milford

I don't think the ice is very thick anywhere this year. Out in Eagle River L S is still running the waves with some ice along the shore. Even behind the Ramada, (the whole chanel) it depends on the day how frozen it might be. I have been here 10 years and this is the first time I have seen so much water this time of year. I wonder if the Straits are frozen???? Do you live by Camp Dearborn????

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