According to measurements taken Wednesday by the U-S Army Corps of Engineers, the ice on Lake Pepin is 26 inches deep at one location and 25 inches thick at six other locations.
Two weeks ago, when the last measurements were taken, the ice was between 22 and 24 inches deep.
Still no sign of a first towboat in the Winona area to open up the local commercial shipping season. The nearest towboat as of Wednesday was the Penny Eckstein which was at the Dubuque, Iowa, Lock and Dam 11 heading upbound pushing nine barges. It's destination is not known.
The river is open in the Winona area.
The opener of the shipping season will be later this year. The Army Corps says the average date for the opening in the Twin Cities is March 20th.....