Weather: Ice break-up on Lake Granby same date as in 2005 |

Weather: Ice break-up on Lake Granby same date as in 2005

Jack Bakken
Special to the Sky-Hi Daily News
Granby, Colorado

The last of the ice melted or broke up on the main part of Lake Granby on Monday, May 4, although there may still be ice on the water up the Colorado River in places up to Columbine Bay. The last ice on Arapahoe Bay at the east end of the lake, Kamloop Cove and the area behind Twin Pines Point melted off early Monday morning.

Four of the first ice free days for the main part of the lake (excluding the upper Colorado River portion of the lake) for the last 10 years were in April and six now in May in the period April 14 to May 18, as follows:

2000 May 6

2001 April 29

2002 April 19

2003 May 15

2004 April 14

2005 May 4

2006 May 1

2007 April 25

2008 May 18

The date in 2009 date is the same as it was four years ago. There have been quite a few boats on the lake this past weekend as fishermen enjoyed the mixture of warm sunny weather and rain. Dan Matthews, the U.S. Forest Service manager for the Arapahoe National Recreation Area said today that the courtesy dock at the Sunset Point launch ramp will be installed within the next 7 days. He wants to remind everyone that boats moored or in slips on the lake must have a 2009 ANRA boat sticker on their bow. Boats coming in for the day or for short periods do not need stickers since they have paid a use charge for their vehicles.