Three Lakes of Grand County break records in ice break-up this year |

Three Lakes of Grand County break records in ice break-up this year

Tonya Bina Sky-Hi News
with Jack Bakken,
Special to the Sky-Hi News
A boat cruises along on Lake Granby on Tuesday morning. The reservoir is ice free earlier than it has ever been since records started being kept in 1951. Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News | Sky-Hi News

Statistics show that each of the three lakes showed the earliest dates of open water since the year 1951-1952, when officials at the Farr Pumping Plant started to keep track for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Ice break-up on Lake Granby happened on Thursday, April 12, and Farr Pumping Plant officials say they could see no ice between the Plant and Granby Dam on April 10, the earliest dates shown in the plant’s records.

The last remnants of ice were on Arapaho Bay at the east end of the lake until last Thursday morning. Most of the lake was free of ice by Monday afternoon, April 9.

The ice-off date this year broke the standing record set in 2004, when the lake ice was gone by April 14.

Shadow Mountain Reservoir’s ice-off date was April 10 this year, breaking its April 12, 2004 record.

And on Grand Lake, this year the official date for ice off was on April 13, which is four days earlier than the record-setting date in 2004.

The water runner who takes readings for the Farr Pumping Plant checks on the status of lake ice daily on each of the lakes and determines when each lake is clear, according to Farr officials.

Courtesy docks on Lake Granby stored on shore all winter are planned to be installed and anchored soon, according to Dan Matthews, U.S. Forest Service manager for the Arapaho National Recreation Area.

Matthews reminds boaters that boats moored or in slips on the lake must have a 2012 ANRA boat sticker located on bows. Boaters coming in for the day or for short periods do not need stickers since they have paid a use charge for vehicles, he said.

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