Ice Conditions Report 3-1-20

Cold temps and windy conditions ushered in the weekend in the Upper Peninsula giving climbers mid season conditions in late February!  Saturday gave way to sunny skies and mild temps and it is beginning to feel like spring climbing season is here.  All climbs are fat, fat, fat! Based on what we saw this weekend, it looks like the next few weeks will be the perfect time to come up and climb in Munising!


Midnight Rambler PC John Miller


The Ampitheater PC John Miller


The lake ice out to Grand Island has formed from public access to the island dock and Murray Bay.  Several ice fisherman were seen crossing and when we spoke to them they reported that the lake ice thickness varied from 8 inches to 3 inches.  They did warn that this can change daily so please ask locally if you are planing on venturing out. West Shore lake is is still not safe to travel on and access to the East Channel climbs remains unsafe to cross from Sand Point!

In our opinion the best climbing conditions in the U.P. are in March as the ice is fat and the sun starts to come out from its winter hibernation!  There are still ample opportunities to get some swings in so grab your friends and head on up for some spring climbing!


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