Ice Cover in Fair and Gull Lakes

Ice cover has been observed in two local lakes:

  • Fair Lake, Barry County, MI (northeast of Hickory Corners, MI)

    • Area 229 acres
    • Maximum depth ~29 feet
    • Elevation ~914 feet above sea level

    Ice cover in this lake system has been monitored by local citizens, assisted since 1996 by Stephen Hamilton. Citizen volunteers: Wendell Shafer until 1998, Terry Smith 1999 until March 2008, Bob Price since then.

  • Gull Lake, Kalamazoo and Barry counties, MI (southwest of Hickory Corners, MI)

    • Area 2040 acres
    • Maximum depth ~110 feet
    • Elevation ~881 feet above sea level

    Ice cover in this lake system has been monitored by local citizens, assisted since 1998 by Stephen Hamilton. The lake drains via an outflow stream into the Gull Creek system. In recent years the lake has been declared ice-covered when it was more than half frozen for more than a day, as viewed from the midpoint at Kellogg Biological Station. It is uncertain how brief ice cover periods and partial ice cover were dealt with in the record prior to 1996.

Contact: Dr. Stephen K. Hamilton, 269/761-2231 or hamilton@kbs.msu.edu

This datatable is part of the Lake Levels and Ice cover on local lakes dataset. Lake levels and ice cover have been measured on local lakes with the help cf citizen volunteers.

Note

Experiment: Aquatic Studies
Data available from: December 1923 to March 2015
Dataset: KBS096
Datatable ID: KBS096-001.6
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Last Updated 2017-01-26
Variate Description Units
lake name of the lake
winter year the winter began
freeze date date the lake was frozen
thaw date date the lake was thawed
ice cover days number of days the lake was frozen day
comments a comment about the year or data row

Data Excerpt

lake winter freeze_date thaw_date ice_cover_days comments
Gull Lake 2014 2015-01-08 2015-04-05 87
Fair Lake 2014 2014-12-31 2015-03-27 86
Fair Lake 2013 2014-01-02 2014-04-09 97
Gull Lake 2013 2013-12-18 2014-04-14 117
Fair Lake 2013 2013-11-28 2013-12-05 7
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