Thanks to everyone that attended our annual meeting on Monday night. We had an outstanding turnout, and it was great to get together and socialize with neighbors in person. For those of you unable to attend, below is a summary of key topics. The slides from the meeting are also attached for reference. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.
Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District
Water Resources Coordinator
City of Eden Prairie
Mid May to Labor Day: Sa-Su from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
Memorial Day to Labor Day: M-Th from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm; Fr-Su from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
Labor Day to Late Oct: Sa-Su from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
As a reminder, we are committed to a “neighborhood watch” of the boat ramp inspection. Please alert the LRIA officers via the website (www.lakeriley.org) if you observe the boat ramp not being staffed or operating properly during these hours.
www.lakepledge.com. Every person who identifies as being from Lake Riley helps improve our stats on the site, which helps demonstrate lakeshore owner vigilance to prevent AIS and reinforces the value of the investment to fund the boat launch inspection program. Please invest 15 minutes to go on the website and “take the pledge”. Also, please forward the link to family and friends. The more people in our area who are educated on the simple practices we can all follow to limit spread of AIS, the better!
See you on the lake.
As we've discussed in the past, calling the ice-in and ice-out is not a science. There is the technical aspect of the presence or absence of ice. But today is the perfect illustration of the PRACTICAL aspect of calling ice-out.
I can see that there is still some dark ice floating in the north bay and along the north shore, but with the loons back and calling to each other and then a fishing boat motoring from the launch all the way across the lake, it's game over! I call ice-out today, April 14, 2023. Scott Bryan wins! Ed Goff (guessed 4/13) and Norm Kruse (guessed 4/15) just missed out. I suspect that what little ice there is left will be gone by the end of the day.
Star Tribune's Tony Kennedy wrote in an article yesterday about MN lake ice-outs, "Minnesota's long, snowy winter has delayed the onset of spring, but this week's blowtorch of warmth has eased some anxiety felt by anglers and resort owners who count on northern lakes to be open in time for the state fishing opener."
Wow, wasn't it a blowtorch of warmth? That is the perfect description. No question it sped up the Lake Riley ice melt.
The latest ice-out on record was on May 1st, 2018. The earliest was on March 8th, 2000. 1997 is the only other year it went out on April 14th.
Enjoy the lake, everyone!