Ice Measurement-Lake Pepin
It looks like it will be a while longer before the first towboats of the 2014 are able to make in into St. Paul to open the navigation season on the Mississippi River.
Initial measurements of the ice on Lake Pepin Thursday showed the ice is 30 inches thick just two miles above Reads Landing at the south end of the lake.
The Ice is 19 inches at the north end of the lake. But in between, the ice ranges from 23 to 27 inches thick.
The next measurement taken by the U-S Army Corps of Engineers will be on March 12th.
No towboats will be coming north of Lock and Dam Eight south of La Crosse until after March 8th, because that lock is undergoing cleaning and repairs and is closed until then.
Over the past 10 years, the Corps says, the average opening on Lake Pepin has been March 21st. The earliest opening at Winona on record is March 4th.
Last year the first towboat arrived in Winona on April First.