Great bubbles if you know where to look...
The ice is getting thicker and there are some great bubbles, cracks and ice features to be found. Finding them is a little harder this year.
Based on ice conditions checks and tours between January 2 and 8, 2021
We've seen colder nights this past week and the ice is slowly getting thicker. On January 8 we were seeing 21 cm of ice on our tests in the area near the new parking lot, up a centimetre from the day before and 6 cm thicker than a week ago.
The lake froze during a snowstorm this year and a lot of the lake is currently covered with a layer of white ice, making it hard to see any bubbles. The patches of clear ice with bubbles in the areas between the new parking lot and Whitegoat Creek are smaller but beautiful.
The easiest access is at the new parking lot where you'll find clear ice and bubbles near the access. The other areas we're using for our tours require a one to two kilometres walk.
Preacher's Point is still a great option. The ice is on the ground outside of the main river channel and we're seeing lots of great ice formations, bubbles and features with the rocks and grass underneath. The river channel re-opened this week at the point but the area is still fairly easy to navigate with a basic understanding of ice safety.
We've also found some clear ice with bubbles at the Cline Landing area but those were close to 2 km away from the access. The ice in that area has a white layer that will most likely stay all winter.
We're also seeing an increase in people skating this season, which combined with limited ice means that you should expect lots of marks on the ice in areas that are easily accessible.
We share this information to help visitors to the area plan their trip. This represents the conditions we have observed at a specific point in time. Ice safety depends on many more factors than just ice conditions and anybody going on the ice should have the knowledge and experience required to assess the risks, or should consider going with a guide.
Head Out With A Guide
Make the most of your adventure and head out with a guide. Nordegg Adventures offers guided tours on Abraham Lake from November to April. Snowshoes, ice cleats and kicksleds are also available to rent in Nordegg.