U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin ice measurementsThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began ice measurements on Lake Pepin Feb. 15, officials said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began ice measurements on Lake Pepin Feb. 15, officials said.
The Corps takes measurements on the lake each year to predict the navigational outlook on the Mississippi River. This data is used by the towing industry to determine when it's safe to begin navigation and predict whether it will be difficult for towboats to break through the ice.
Last year the first tow to break through the lake came on March 31. Navigation season typically starts mid to late March, Corps officials said.
For past and present Lake Pepin ice measurements, visit www.mvp.usace.army.mil/navigation.