Winter’s grip comes early

By Tim Douglass, Publisher of the Pope County Tribune

Whether we like it or not, winter came a bit early this year, as most of the area’s lakes were ice covered after a cold day and night on Monday and Tuesday of last week.

Lake Minnewaska was totally ice covered on Tuesday morning, Nov. 13 and that ice has remained.  Depite some snow cover on Friday evening, there wasn’t enough snow to do much insulation, so the ice should have become more solid on area lakes, with temperatures dipping into single digits and the low teens overnight over the weekend.  More cold is expected this week.

If winter’s grip holds and the ice remains, it is one of the earliest ice-on dates for Lake Minnewaska.  

See the ice-on dates for Lake Minnewaska below.

Despite the early ice-on date, anglers are reminded that ice thickness is unpredictable this time of year and with a warm-up set for later this week, give winter a little more time to make some decent ice.

Lake Minnewaska ice-on dates dating back to 1958.

2018 – Nov. 13

2017 – Nov. 22*

2016 – Dec. 8

2015 – Dec. 19

2014 – Nov. 14 

2013 – Nov. 24 

2012 – Dec. 10 

2011 – Nov. 26* 

2010 – Nov. 26 

2009 – Dec. 5 

2008 – Nov. 21 

2007 – Nov. 27 

2006 – Nov. 30 

2005 – Nov. 30 

2004 – Dec. 4

2003 – Nov. 25 

2002 – Nov. 25 

2001 – Dec. 20 

2000 – Nov. 21 

1999 – Dec. 13 

1998 – Dec. 20 

1997 – Nov. 14 

1996 – Nov. 17 

1995 – Nov. 12 

1994 – Dec. 1 

1993 – Nov. 23

1992 – Nov. 15 

1991 – Nov. 4 

1990 – Nov. 30 

1989 – Nov. 18 

1988 – Nov. 30 

1987 – Dec. 4 

1986 – Nov. 13 

1985 – Nov. 21 

1984 – Dec. 2* 

1983 – Dec. 3 

1982 – Nov. 13

1981 – Dec. 4 

1980 – Nov. 24 

1979 – Nov. 30 

1978 – Nov. 21 

1977 – Nov. 15 

1976 – Nov. 12 

1975 – Nov. 30 

1974 – Dec. 1 

1973 – Dec. 5 

1972 – Nov. 28 

1970 – Nov. 22

1969 – Nov. 17 

1968 – Dec. 5 

1965 – Nov. 27 

1964 – Nov. 25 

1962 – Dec. 9 

1961 – Nov. 23 

1960 – Nov. 29 

1959 – Nov. 13 

1958 – Nov. 26