December 4, 2020 sunset at Preacher's Point
Great Ice Bubbles but Variable Ice
Based on ice conditions checks on December 4, 2020
Recent warm temperatures leading to variable ice conditions. Use extra cautions or stay on the ice that is on the ground.
We had a great start to the season with good ice conditions at Preacher's Point as early as October 30 this year. Unfortunately, the warm weather we're currently experiencing is making things more challenging.
At this point, the only section of the lake that is frozen is Preacher's Point at the south end of the lake, where the North Saskatchewan River enters Abraham Lake. The rest of the lake does not usually freeze until mid to late December.
Testing ice thickness at Preacher's Point on December 4, 2020
The ice near the main access at Preacher's Point is mostly sitting on the ground now as a result of the lake level dropping around 75 cm per week for the past month.
We have been finding variable ice over the main river channel but for the most part we saw over 22 cm of clear ice. Areas near the point had open water and very weak ice near the shore.
Check out our latest photos from the Nordegg & Abraham Lake region to get an idea of what we're seeing on our adventures.
The only section of the lake frozen as of November 30, 2020
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. Pursuit Adventures offers winter tours throughout Central Alberta from November to April. Snowshoes, ice cleats and kicksleds are also available to rent in Nordegg.
HEAD OUT ON YOUR OWN
Sometimes you just want to head out on your own to explore the area. We get it. That's why we share all our adventure guides. You'll find our full guide to the Abraham Lake ice bubbles here, or you can see each of the locations below.
Latest Conditions and Updates
Check out the latest conditions and updates for Abraham Lake.
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.
White ice around 12 -15 cm on most of the lake making it harder to find ice bubbles. Preacher’s Point it still the best option.
Thin ice (< 7 cm) on most of the lake. The best option for ice bubbles is still Preacher's Point, even if partially snow-covered.
The lake froze over the past couple of days but the ice is still thinner than 5 cm in most areas. Preacher’s Point is snow-covered.
- For your safety and the protection of the area please follow trail signs, stay on the trail and respect all trail closures
- Be respectful of wildlife and familiarize yourself with wildlife safety techniques including keeping your pet on a leash and keeping your group together.
- Always use the bear-proof garbage bin, keep a clean site and store your food in a bear safe fashion.
- Always be prepared when travelling outdoors.
- This area has limited to no cell phone reception. We recommend carrying an InReach on your adventures.
- Information provided here may be inaccurate or outdated. Always make sure to obtain current information before going on your adventure.
There are inherent risks in outdoor activities. Ice conditions may change quickly due to weather conditions and other factors. Using the information provided is entirely at your own risk and Pursuit Adventures is in no way liable for any injuries or other damages that may be sustained by anyone using this information.
Have you been to Abraham Lake recently? Let us know about your adventure in the comments below.