STILL PLENTY OF BUBBLES TO BE FOUND
We are enjoying great late season conditions.
Based on ice conditions checks from March 11, 2023.
The ice conditions are comparable to last week's report, with still a fair amount of snow covering the lake but some great bubble patches to be found.
Most of the open water north of Windy Point has frozen over with the recent cold weather, but it is advised to steer clear of the area for the remainder of the winter due to potentially thin ice.
Where to Go
The Ice Bubbles Parking Lot and Abraham Slabs remain your best options for bubble viewing.
Anything north of Windy Point should be avoided due to weak ice and open water. At Belly, be extremely cautious where the creek comes in - it is best to skip the area unless you are familiar with it and have good knowledge of ice safety.
The bubbles are long gone from Preachers Point, but the cool ice features and surrounding landscape still make for a great trip out.
You can find out more about each of these locations here.
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.
Is it safer if I stay close to shore? Most accidents happen on the shore and near the shore where the ice is the weakest.
What will the conditions be like tomorrow? The truth is that we don't know. The weather is unpredictable and conditions change quickly. Case in point, earlier this week the forecast only changed to include rain an hour before it started raining. Until then we were forecasted to have a nice sunny day. What we can share is what we saw that day to give you a starting point as you plan your adventure.
How come I didn't see bubbles while you posted some from that day? We get this question a lot and it usually depends on where you went. Abraham Lake is a large reservoir and conditions can be drastically different from one end to the other. The Nordegg Adventures guides sharing these updates are on the lake daily and know where to go depending on the conditions. If you're heading out on your own, use the information we share as a starting point and give yourself plenty of time to explore different locations if conditions at your first choice are less than ideal.
Plan Ahead to be Safe
Please make sure to follow a few simple tips to be safe on your next adventure:
- Know where you are going. We're seeing a lot of people putting themselves into dangerous situations simply by being in the wrong place.
- Don't get stuck. Parking lots and access are not always maintained. Driving down to the lake is a lot easier than driving back up. If you have any doubts, park at the road and walk in.
- Be prepared for the weather. It's cold and windy on Abraham Lake. Dress warm and bring extra clothes in your vehicle.
We share more ice safety information here. If you are not familiar with ice safety or Abraham Lake we recommend booking a tour with local guides.
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.