Last of the ice is out on Fountain Lake

Published 10:06 am Wednesday, April 6, 2022

April 6 will be recorded as the date the ice completely melted on Fountain Lake in 2022, according to Mark Malepsy, annual watcher of the lake. 

Malepsy, of Bill & Mark’s Barbershop, said the last ice melted at 8 a.m. on Dane Bay. 

Last year, the ice-out date was March 24, though the average is mid-April, he said.

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The earliest the ice has ever melted was March 7 in 2000 and the latest was April 27, which happened in both 1951 and 2018. The ice has never lasted into May.

The recording of ice-out dates for Fountain Lake is the third oldest in the state, according to the State Climatology Office at the University of Minnesota. The longest-known recording of ice-out dates started in 1867 for Lake Osakis near Alexandria, but hasn’t been consistent. The recording of ice-out dates for Lake Minnetonka started in 1870 and has been consistent since 1887.

Fountain Lake ice-out dates

1912: April 8

1913: April 3

1914: April 1

1915: April 10

1916: April 12

1917: April 12

1918: March 27

1919: March 26

1920: March 27

1921: March 18

1922: April 3

1923: April 14

1924: April 13

1925: March 25

1926: April 12

1927: March 24

1928: April 15

1929: March 28

1930: March 16

1931: March 15

1932: April 6

1933: April 4

1934: April 3

1935: March 25

1936: April 14

1937: April 12

1938: March 25

1939: March 30

1940: April 14

1941: April 8

1942: March 27

1943: April 3

1944: April 10

1945: March 25

1946: March 24

1947: April 15

1948: March 31

1949: April 9

1950: April 18

1951: April 27

1952: April 18

1953: March 30

1954: April 6

1955: April 8

1956: April 14

1957: April 9

1958: April 5

1959: April 11

1960: April 12

1961: March 26

1962: April 21

1963: April 2

1964: April 10

1965: April 20

1966: March 17

1967: March 29

1968: March 27

1969: April 12

1970: April 12

1971: April 13

1972: April 16

1973: March 24

1974: April 11

1975: April 25

1976: March 26

1977: March 28

1978: April 5

1979: April 19

1980: April 12

1981: March 25

1982: April 14

1983: April 11

1984: April 16

1985: March 31

1986: April 1

1987: March 23

1988: April 3

1989: April 9

1990: March 28

1991: April 3

1992: April 5

1993: April 15

1994: April 3

1995: March 27

1996: April 15

1997: April 6

1998: March 30

1999: March 29

2000: March 7

2001: April 12

2002: April 9

2003: April 2

2004: March 28

2005: April 4

2006: April 5

2007: March 27

2008: April 16

2009: April 3

2010: March 31

2011: April 8

2012: March 17

2013: April 23

2014: April 13

2015: March 25

2016: March 15

2017: March 29

2018: April 27

2019: April 8

2020: April 1

2021: March 24

2022: April 6