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Lake Granby ice retreats; summer resurfaces

Reid Tulley
Fishermen test the waters of Lake Granby on Tuesday, May 14. Nearly all of the ice on local lakes and reservoirs has melted. Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News | Sky-Hi News

Ice on local lakes is almost completely melted and should be all gone within the next few days, according to Marty Schroeder of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

The ice melt is a week or so behind when ice normally melts off of the area’s reservoirs due to colder temperatures during the beginning of May and late April, according to Noble Underbrink, Northern’s collection systems manager at the Farr Pump Plant on Lake Granby. The historical average date that ice is off of the area’s lakes and reservoirs is April 30, according to Underbrink.

Willow Creek Reservoir and Lake Granby currently have no ice on them and the ice on Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Reservoir is quickly depleting. In 2012, the lakes and reservoirs in the area were free of ice by April 9, and in 2011, ice was gone by May 8.

At Trail Ridge Marina, where new managers Deb and Lyle Portinga saw the last of the ice disappear from their shore on Shadow Mountain on Sunday, May 12, dock assembly started Tuesday to create the marina’s 80 boat slips. Deb said she’s been taking reservations in recent days as boat owners gear up for the season. The marina is tentatively set to open this weekend.

Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334

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