Lake Pepin Ice Still 2 Feet Thick
The St. Paul Engineer District posted the latest ice thickness measurements of Lake Pepin, taken March 7.
They show that the ice is still about two feet thick near the middle of the lake—which is really a wide section of the Mississippi River—with the ice shrinking to 16 inches at Mile 765 and 18 inches at Mile 780. There was no ice found from Mile 781 to Mile 786.
Measurements are reported from each mile on the Upper Mississippi River between mile 765 and 786. The next measurements are scheduled for March 13.
Ice thickness measurements in Lake Pepin are typically scheduled to begin in mid-February and are conducted weekly. The breakup of ice on the lake signals the beginning of commercial navigation on the Upper Mississippi river.