Ice Out 2023: Update #5

A trend is developing….

The creek has open water, the ice is getting dark and we’ve had some rain showers! On a recent road trip to Little Falls, MN we actually saw green grass! Can open water be far behind?

Road trip: Susanne and I spent two days driving the highways of northern MN to our destination…”Little Falls”. Noted as the boyhood home of Charles Lindberg it is also the home to RW Saunas!

Our original sauna came from here 13 years ago. The owner, Seth, makes a great handcrafted barrel sauna!

Strapped down for the ride home. It was a bit of a conversation starter. We made it back safe and sound….and before the rain!

Today is April 27 and as I scan the list of ice out guesses only a handful of you are out of the competition. Still feeling hopeful? Let’s look at the current situation…

Stella and Lilly seem reluctant to get their feet wet. Wondering about water levels? At the height of last springs high water the two poles in the background (with the yellow tips) were barely sticking out of the water. Of course the fire pit was also under water, so we don’t need that again.

Susanne contemplates why I didn’t lift out the steps last fall so that the whole deck wouldn’t heave up in the spring… It’s on my list for “fall, 2023”!

Still waiting to make a guess?

We’re moving in the direction of ice out. I’m not saying there might be some “open” dates still left on the calendar, but don’t let that hold you back. Pick a date and send it to Gord!

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On behalf of the Boyes Group, I would like to pass on our sincere thanks for hosting the Muskie Madness Week and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at VBL and had a great time!! This was our 7th year on Eagle Lake and we have stayed at a few other lodges but VBL takes the cake hands down! You can definitely count us in for next year. I’m happy to see you post some of my pics, they turned out well. Thanks again Gord for a wonderful week of fishing and your stellar hospitality, you run a first class operation, we look forward to seeing you next year!

Trevor Benner

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