Cold finally coming

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/brainerd-mn/56401/month/333828?view=table

I selected the forecast for Brainerd, Mn where they are many possible iceboating venues for the DN Western's, scheduled Jan2-3, 2016. This includes Gull Lake where a very successful Western's was held about 8 years ago!
Looks very promising and very little snow.
I think we may have at least a dozen black ice lakes to select from, including Lake Minnetonka (yes a permit is being issued this week)

Get your boats and trailers ready.

swede this weekend

someone check it out fri pm, I can't. is it open now, tue? meyer PS: doubt spring park bay even safe sat, if frozen.

Swede lake

I went past there on a bike ride last Thursday 12-10-2015, it was melting away from the shore, and had a bunch of wet spots that appeared to be open. We've had a lot of rain days and warm temps since then. I would think it needs some colder temps to firm it up.

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swede this weekend

so swede is partial frozen and not all open? so despite high winds, could be frozen thurs night and sailable sat? any completely open lakes (mike millers bay, buffalo, spring park bay, Tonka bay) prob won't freeze till fri night early sat am when the wind subsides. stuff should be freezing then. anyone up for X-mass sailing!!!

Swede

Swede lake was completely frozen. It appeared to have a few wet spots out in the middle and the shoreline was melted a couple feet from the edge of shore, so I didn't walk the ice. It looked pretty smooth. That was a week ago however.

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