GREAT LATE SEASON CONDITIONS
Still lots of bubbles to be found, although you may have to put in a bit more effort to find them.
Based on ice conditions checks from March 2, 2023.
March snuck up on us! This is one of the best ice bubbles season we can recall, and we are currently enjoying great late season conditions. The lake is about 70% snow-covered, but the last few days have been extremely windy so the ice should clear up quickly.
The shore ice has lots of interesting features and the late season honeycomb has begun to appear. It does take a bit more effort to find good bubbles now, and you will have to walk further than earlier in the season and navigate long portions of angled ice to get down to the best spots. Nevertheless, the bubbles are still looking really good for this time of the year.
Where to Go
We are still recommending the Ice Bubbles Parking Lot and Abraham Slabs as the best bubble-viewing locations at this time.
Anything north of Windy Point should be avoided due to vast swaths of open water, and if you choose venture out on the ice at Belly you should be extremely cautious where the creek comes in.
There are little to no bubbles to be found at Preachers Point, but the ice features and great scenery are always worth checking out.
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.