White ice at Cline Landing on January 1, 2021
White ice on most of Abraham Lake
Based on ice conditions checks and tours between December 28, 2020 and January 1, 2021
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.
We're back to warmer days and the ice thickness has been staying around 15 cm, with some areas thinner. Make sure to check before you go as we're seeing lots of variation in the ice quality. The forecast is warm for the next couple of days, combined with strong winds.
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 in those areas.
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.
Clear ice without bubbles at Cline Landing on January 1, 2021
A busy Preacher's Point on January 1, 2021
In the meantime, Preacher's Point remains the best option despite being partially snow-covered and busy. As the water level continues to drop, water in this area is now down to the river channel. This now includes the area near the point that was still flooded a week ago.
Some of the best spots we're finding for ice bubbles right now are further away, often 1 to 2 km away from the highway.
Check out our latest photos from the Nordegg & Abraham Lake region to get an idea of what we're seeing on our adventures.
Most of the lake is covered with white ice, like here at Cline Landing on January 1, 2021
Bubbles at Cline Landing, approximately 1.5 km from the highway on January 1, 2021
Ice bubbles at Preacher's Point on December 29, 2020
Ice bubbles in a harder to reach area on December 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.
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.
We’re starting to see more ice on the lake but it’s still early season conditions. Use extra caution in areas that have only recently frozen.
- 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.