2015-2017 River Conditions

March 24th, 2017:
    The river opened up past the International bridge in town.  Grant checked the Timber Mill Landing at the city park but there was still shore ice.  Hoping it gets cleared out soon!  Keep an eye on our fishing reports now as that is where we mainly will be posting!   Thank you everyone!

March 23rd, 2017:
  Vidas, Frontier, and Nelson (Birchdale) Landing are open to all boats!  Last night we could see water just around the bend to the east of our place.  This morning there was open water in front of our house and by the end of the day we could not see any ice to the west when looking from the river bank in front of the house. 

Grant took this picture before he headed off to work for the day:


March 21st, 2017: 
   Grant and I were able to go check the river around 4:30pm and found that there is open water 1.8 miles West of Vidas Landing.  We are thinking by tomorrow evening we should have open water in front of our house (4.3 miles away from our house).  The county did not open up Frontier today so hopefully tomorrow or Thursday they will be able to get in there and open it up.  We did hear that Kuttes Landing by Pelland Junction is also open for bigger boats and of course Birchdale Landing is open for all boats. 

Here is Vidas Landing:


Here is Frontier Landing:


Here is Birchdale Landing:



March 20th, 2017:
   Grant talked to his cousin who knows the guy that works for the county and said they opened up Birchdale Landing this morning.  We did see a picture that Lake of the Woods Tourism posted on Facebook showing the landing was open for all boats.  Grant's cousin also this guy said the plan is to hopefully get Frontier Landing open for all boats tomorrow.  We had some projects that we had to get done around here before a busy weekend so we were not able to get to Birchdale today.  We are hoping to go tomorrow afternoon and will have pictures to share of Frontier and Birchdale Landings along with where the river is open to.


March 19th, 2017:
  Grant and I went and checked the river just before 4:00pm and the temperature was about 52 degrees.  It has been windy most of the day which helped get the ice moving also.  We figured it would be to Frontier today and when we checked we found out that it is open about 3 miles west of Frontier Landing.  Birchdale Landing looks the same still with the shore ice there but there were a few vehicles at both landings that had pushed off the ice.  We talked to one group that was just heading out to meet up with some of their friends and they had said they were having good luck.

Here is Frontier looking straight:


Here is looking west at Frontier Landing:


A couple of guys pushing their boat off the shore ice at Frontier Landing:



March 18th, 2017:
   Grant and I went and checked the river today about 3:30pm and the temperature was right around 30 degrees.  Grant was surprised how much it opened up since Thursday when he went and checked it.  It is now open 4.6 miles west of Birchdale Landing before it is locked up again and then to the west of that spot there are some open holes also.  We are thinking that tomorrow it could make it all the way to Frontier by the end of the day with the forecast being 52 degrees for a high.  We did see some boats out fishing today and there is some shore ice that boats have to push over with about a 2 foot drop from the top of ice to the water.

Here is Birchdale Landing looking straight:


Here is Birchdale Landing looking to the east:


Here is Birchdale Landing looking to the west:


Water looks clear at the Birchdale Landing:


4.6 miles west of Birchdale Landing:


March 16th, 2017:
    We finally had a chance to check the river again between being so busy, the cold weather, and we both caught a bad cold.  The river is not opening up quite as fast as we hoped it would.  It actually looks worse than the last time we checked.  It was just above 40 degrees here today and hopefully we will get some warmer weather that will help the river open up faster. 

Just wanted to mention that we do share pictures and videos that others post on the Rainy River when we are not able to check it on our Facebook Page.  If you do not see an update on the website be sure the check out Facebook for the current information. 

Here is Birchdale Landing looking straight:


Birchdale Landing looking to the East:


Birchdale Landing looking to the west:



March 6th, 2017:
   With the warm temperatures the last few days we were hoping that Birchdale would be open to all boats. Unfortunately Birchdale Landing is not open as of this afternoon. Possibly in a few days but it is hard to tell with the cold weather that is suppose to be coming. We try and check the landing again at the end of the week.

Here is a picture that Grant took when he checked the river today:

March 2nd, 2017:
   This morning I saw someone that posted a picture of -10 degrees near Baudette.  Tonight is suppose to get to -11 degrees and then start warming up again.  Looks like it is going to be a gorgeous weekend with temps in the in the 40s for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  Grant asked a student to take some pictures at Birchdale today on their way home and send them to us as we are not able to get there today also.  We will hopefully check the river tomorrow afternoon or Saturday for sure. 

Here is Birchdale looking to the east:


Birchdale looking to the west:


March 1st, 2017:
   We had received an email that the river was open in front of Birchdale but we were not able to go check.  Grant asked one of his students if they would check on their way home and here are the pictures they sent us.
 
Birchdale looking straight:


Birchdale looking to the west:


Birchdale looking to the east:


Franz Jevne looking east:


Franz Jevne looking to the west:


February 27th, 2017:
  We just got back from checking the river about 4:30pm and the temperature was around 28 degrees.  They are calling for some colder temps at night for the next few nights and we noticed with this change of weather it has caused the open water at Birchdale to freeze back up.  I could not see much open water when looking east at the Birchdale Landing.  When we went to Franz Jevne the water seemed to be moving pretty fast and it was still open there.

Birchdale looking straight:


Birchdale looking to the east:


Franz Jevne looking straight:


Franz Jevne looking west:


February 23rd, 2017:
   I went and checked the river just before 9:00 am this morning.  The river is open just east of Birchdale with only a narrow spot open.  East of Franz Jevne (about 2 miles east of Birchdale) the River is almost completely open with some shore ice.  The temperature was 19 degrees and it looks like we are suppose to stay below freezing until Sunday with a high of 32 degrees and then it will get cold again.  It is hard to say how the river will open this year with cold weather coming again but here is what it looked like this morning.  Depending on the weather we may not go and check the river again until Monday sometime.

Birchdale Landing looking straight:



Birchdale Landing looking to the West:



Birchdale Landing looking to the East:



Franz Jevne looking straight out shows there is a lot of shore ice left:



5 Miles East of Birchdale Landing hard to tell but the river is pretty open with some shore ice:



February 22nd, 2017:
   Some students of Grants told us that the river is starting to open. One of the students pushed a 14 foot duck boat out at Kuttes Landing near the Pelland Junction. They did good fishing and were going to check Birchdale Landing and France Jevne this afternoon but we have not heard from them. We were not able to check the river today due to prior obligations. I am planning to check the river in the morning. Remember the weather is suppose to get cold again and could slow the river from opening or freeze up again.

February 17th, 2017:
   We have had many people ask how the river is looking lately and figured I would update so everyone will know.  Another questions we have been asked is "How much ice is on the River?"  I honestly do not know that answer as we have not drilled a hole since before Christmas and we haven't heard from any locals on the ice thickness.  On February 4th, 2017 we headed over to Rainy Lake to meet some friends and try walleye fishing over there.  We did see some open spots on the Rainy River near Indus and Loman but no signs of the river starting to open up.  We know a few different people that head that way a few times a week and they keep us updated to when the river will start opening.  It is about 60 miles to International Falls one way so we wait to hear from them before we decide to make a weekly trip, which will then turn into every other day, then daily when it is closer to Birchdale.  We are suppose to get to 49 degrees today and things are starting to melt but next week is suppose to get cooler again.  Keep watching for updates!

March 27th, 2016:
   Water seems to be starting to clear up some which is great news!  A group that fished by Birchdale and Frontier said they could see about 15 inches down.

March 22nd, 2016:
   Wheeler's Point Resort & Lodge posted on Facebook that the Wheelers Point Access is open to all boats.  The water is still dirty from what customers have said and it didn't seem to matter if they were closer to the lake or going east.

March 18th, 2016:
    Frontier Landing and Timber Mill Landing are now open to all boats. It sounds like the water clarity by Birchdale is worse than yesterday one group said they could only see a few inches down while others said 6 inches.

Here is Timber Mill Landing about 1:30:

March 17th, 2016:

   We probably got about 10-11 inches of snow. Grant went and checked Vidas Landing about 10:30am and it is open to all boats. We will try and report more if we hear from the groups that were fishing today.  A friend sent us a picture of Timber Mill's Landing about 3:45pm they were working on it.  Grant went and checked about 5:00 pm and the road is plowed but there is still shore ice so boats are only able to push off there at this point.  We still haven't heard or had time to go check on Frontier Landing to see if it is open to all boats.  At this time we believe they are still pushing off at Frontier.

Here is Vidas Landing at 10:30am:

Here is Timber Mill Park at 3:45 pm:


Timber Mill at 5:00 pm still shore ice so only open to boats pushing off the ice:


March 16th, 2016:
   We have open water at our place and it is just starting to snow a little before 9:00 am. The dock still has ice around it.  Later today we heard that Vidas Landing is open to all boats and from the sounds of it Frontier Landing still has shore ice.

Here is looking to the west off our front deck:


Here is looking to the east off our front deck:


March 15th, 2016:
   We checked the river about 12:30pm today and found open water in front of Vidas Landing and it is open a few miles west of that landing.  The only access that was open to all boats is still Birchdale Landing.  It has been raining for most of the day and looks like tomorrow we could have some more rain and snow. 

Here is Frontier Landing:
Here is Vidas Landing:



March 14th, 2016:
   We went and checked the river today and were able to get in a few hours of fishing in the 60 degree weather (check the fishing report and the Spring Fishing pictures).  Birchdale is open to all boats as of early this morning and there is talk that the county is going to go in on Wednesday and open up Frontier.  If you wanted to you could push a boat off the shore ice at Frontier.  We checked at Vidas Landing and it is getting close to having open water but it is still froze.  We are not sure how far the river is west of Frontier but it was open from the last point you could see the river from the highway.  Tomorrow they are calling for a high of 47 degrees and 90% chance of rain and then on Wednesday a high of 36 degrees and 80% chance of rain/snow.

Here is Birchdale Landing:


Here is Frontier Landing:


Here is Vidas Landing:


March 13th, 2016:
    Grant's dad went and checked the river today and said there was open water 2.7 miles east of Frontier Landing.  Birchdale is open for boats to push over the shore ice but as of noon today no one had pushed boats in yet.  We have had some misting rain and little down pour today as of 4:00pm. 

Here is straight out at Birchdale Landing:


Here is looking to the east at Birchdale Landing:


Here is looking to the west at Birchdale Landing:


March 12th, 2016:
     Grant and a friend went and checked the river around 3:00 pm today there was some open water but not a lot in front of the landing at Birchdale.  There were boats that had pushed over the shore ice at Franz Jevne and Grant figures there is probably about 10 yards of shore ice.  The boats were not able to get all the way to the landing as there was some ice in the way yet.  We were in the high 50s today and now tomorrow they are calling for a high of 47 degrees and rain. 

Here is looking just west at Birchdale Landing you can see there isn't much open water:


Here is looking to the east at Birchdale Landing:


Looking to the west at Franz Jevne:


Looking to the east at Franz Jevne:


March 10th, 2016:
     We checked the river later this afternoon and found open water about 3 miles east of Birchdale Landing.  We believe it might be closer to 2 miles from Birchdale as it looks like it could be open all the way to Franz Jevne now but it was hard to tell for sure.  It was cloudy for most of the morning but we ended up seeing some sun later in the day and the temperature was 40 degrees when we went to check the river.  When we went to Birchdale Landing you could not see any open water to the east so it wasn't quite there yet but after these next few warm days we are hoping it will be open to Birchdale or even past there. 

Here is 3 miles east of Birchdale Landing looking to the east:


Here is a picture 3 miles east of Birchdale Landing looking  to the west.  This was zoomed all the way in on my camera to show where it looked like it might end:
 

March 9th, 2016:
    I went and checked the river around noon today and the temperature was anywhere between 29 degrees and 31 degrees and has been cloudy so far today.  We did get some rain yesterday but the ground has soaked up all the water puddles in the yard.  As of this afternoon the river is open about 7 miles east of Birchdale Landing.  The pictures I took are at 7.4 miles and you could see open water close to the plant on the Canadian side.  There are a few miles where you can't see the river or really get down to it so I am guessing it is around 7 miles.  For those wondering about pushing their boats off the ice at Franz Jevne the river is open to the east less than a mile as I found the river frozen exactly a mile east of Franz Jevne.  The river is open about 5 miles east of Franz Jevne.  Today's forecast is cloudy with a high of 34 degrees and a low of 18 degrees tonight.  Tomorrow (March 10th) looks to be nice as it is going to be partly cloudy with a high of 46 degrees and a low of 32 degrees tomorrow night.  This weekend they are predicting we are suppose to get in the 50s so that will help open up the river.

This picture is 7.4 miles from Birchdale Landing (best place to get a picture) looking to the west to show there is still open water.  If you look closely you can see the plant on the Canadian side:

 
Here is looking straight 7.4 miles east of Birchdale Landing:


Franz Jevne looking to the east:


Birchdale Landing had some open spots of water it looked like on the Canadian side:



March 7th, 2016:
    We had a friend check on the river for us today and she sent us a message saying it was 10 miles east of Birchdale.  Grant decided since it was so nice and we had some free time that we would go check it also.  The river is open 10 miles east of Birchdale Landing and Franz Jevne looked the same as last time we checked.  We did check at the Manitou Rapids and it is still frozen coming into the rapids. 

This picture is from our friend and is 10 miles east of Birchdale Landing looking straight:


This picture is 10 miles east of Birchdale Landing just looking to the east to show more of the open water:

March 2nd, 2016:
   Grant and I headed over to International Falls this afternoon to check on the river.  We hate to say we don't feel the river has moved at all because of the cold days and nights we have had.  It looks like a lot of the spots have refroze as you will be able to see in the Kuttes Landing picture.  We could see quite a bit of  open water at the Big Fork which is 25 miles east of Birchdale.  There is a point west of Loman where you can't see the river for quite a while and we feel the river is open around 18.2 miles east of Birchdale and in spots it looks to have refroze.  The open water is 41.3 miles east of our place.  Since the river hasn't moved much we most likely will not check it until mid week next week.  Unless we get word from some friends that it has moved quite a bit then we will make the trip again.  Here are the picture we were able to get.

Kuttes Landing in Pelland you can see it refroze and is not wide open today:
 
Here is what it looked like 14 miles east of Birchdale Landing, it was very spotty for another 3 miles towards Birchdale with big spots that were open but it is not open the entire way there are sections to the east where it is completely froze still:


There was an open spot at the Manitou Rapids:


There was some open water at Franz Jevne:


February 26th, 2016:
    Grant's dad, Jim went to International Falls today and checked the river at Pelland Landing and where the open water was.  He said he could see open water 2.5 miles west of Loman, MN.  Here is a picture of Pelland Landing from today:


April 6th, 2015: 
   We saw on Wheeler's Point Facebook Page, "We just got done cutting and pushing the ice off of the landing here by the resort. It is now open 2 lanes wide. Fishing has been good for the most part. Lots of big fish for the bragging board."  Thank you for the update guys!

April 2nd, 2015:
   We saw on Sportsman's Lodge Facebook Page, "Open water within 5 1/2 miles from the lodge now on the Rainy River at Wabanica Church!"

April 1st, 2015:
   Timber Mill Park Landing just west of us is open to all boats.  We aren't sure how far west it goes but one group did go by the International Bridge and try fishing and a little bit west and it was open also.

March 31st, 2015:
  Last night before dark there were a bunch of open spots on the river in front of our place and this morning when we looked out it was wide open and boats fishing already!  The dock still has ice around it.  Sounds like the water is open to the International Bridge as of this evening.  Also the fishing was slower today than it had been the last few days but we did hear of some slot fish caught and some nice sturgeon.  Today it reached about 50 degrees and tonight it is suppose to get to 36 degrees.  I am excited for tomorrow with a high of 64 degrees it is going to feel like summer for a day and then get cooler again and windy on Thursday.  Hoping the fishing gets better for everyone and that some big ones are caught.

Just after 8:00am this morning I took this picture off our porch with my cell phone:
 

March 30th, 2015:
   Yesterday morning was raining for a little bit and very windy but that didn't stop them from fishing.  We were not able to check the river but was told that last night there was about 10 feet of shore ice left.  The county did come and clear it out today so Vidas is now open to all boats!  We can also see open water just to the east of the bend by our place.  There are lots of open holes in front of the dock and I am guessing by this evening there will be open water in front of our place.  The sun has been trying to shine most of the day and looks like the rain they were forecasting is going to miss us.  Tomorrow the high is 48 degrees and Wednesday's high is 65 degrees! 

Vidas Landing this afternoon:


Just east of our house:


March 28th, 2015:
   Grant's dad went and checked the river earlier this afternoon and said that some boats had pushed off at Vidas Landing and there was an ice jam just to the east of Vidas Landing and he could see quite a few boats.  It was wide open to the west of Vidas Landing and hopefully by the end of this coming week we will see open water in front of our place.  Today the high was 44 degrees and very windy there is a 80% chance of rain later tonight with the low being 36 degrees.

March 27th, 2015:
  This morning started out feeling cold but it did warm up to 33 degrees today making it feel a little bit better.  The low for tonight is 18 degrees and tomorrow's high is 46 degrees and partly cloudy.  Grant did find open water 3.3 miles east of Vidas Landing and is guessing it is open 2-3 miles east of Vidas Landing.  Hopefully tomorrow there will be some open water in front of Vidas!  Grant talked to some people that said fishing was a little bit slow today but they were still catching fish.  Most of the fish are mainly males and it should just keep getting better as the warm temperature warms up.  A group that I talked to last night went out just after noon and were back here just after 6pm and caught 20 fish with the biggest walleye being 24 inches.

Here is a picture just west of Frontier Landing:



March 26th, 2015:
   This morning was a little cold with some snow flurries but cleared off to sunny skies for most of the day with the high reaching close to 26 degrees at our house.  The low for tonight is 10 degrees so could make for a cold morning tomorrow.  The high for tomorrow is 35 degrees with sun and some clouds.  Grant found open water 4.3 miles west of Frontier around 4:00pm where the white church is on the Canadian side but couldn't find the end of it.  He also checked at Vidas Landing and didn't see any water there yet.  Frontier landing was opened up today for all boats by the County, we would like to thank them for their hard work and getting these landings open for everyone!

Frontier Landing open to all boats:


The white church on the Canadian side about 4.3 miles west of Frontier Landing:


Grant stopped to take a picture of all the deer that were out in this field:

March 25th, 2015:
   Grant went and checked the river about 4:30pm to see if he could find where the open water ended.  He figures it is somewhere between 2 miles and under 3.6 miles west of Frontier.  He went to a house and that was 3.6 miles west of Frontier and it was still frozen.  There are 10 miles between Frontier and Vidas landing.  There is also less shore ice at Frontier today and boats are pushing off.  Grant did run up to Franz Jevne to see if there was still shore ice and there is and he said there is about a 2 foot drop off from the end of the ice to the water level.  Last night it started raining a little after 10pm and when we got up at 7am it was snowing.  It snowed most of the day and then the wind picked up after noon today.  The high was about 30 degrees with a low of 17 degrees tonight.  Tomorrow's high is 26 degrees with some clouds in the morning and then mainly sunny in the afternoon!

Frontier Landing:


Just west of Frontier Landing looks like a cold wet day:



March 24th, 2015:
   I went and checked Frontier Landing about 1:15 pm and there is open water in front of the landing with quite a bit shore ice yet.  The river is open just over a mile west of the Frontier Landing.  There looks to be some ice build up to the east of the landing as that is the last place I saw any boats.  The temperature was 38 degrees and on the way home the sun was coming out a little bit.  The high is suppose to get to 46 degrees and a low of 33 degrees tonight.  Tomorrow they are calling for a high of 36 degrees with an 80% chance of rain and snow in the morning then changing to snow in the afternoon.  I guess winter just doesn't want to leave yet!  Let's hope this weather misses us and that the fishing is better today!

Frontier Landing looking straight out:


Frontier Landing looking to the east:


Frontier Landing looking to the west its kind of hard to tell but there is open water:


March 23rd, 2015:
   I got word about 10:00 am that the Birchdale Landing is open to all boats.  I got there about 11:00am to get pictures and check to see how close the river is to Frontier Landing.  The Landing in Birchdale is open to all boats both ramps are open.  Just to give you an idea we are about 17 days ahead of last year (April 8th, 2014 is when Birchdale was open for all boats).  It was 34 degrees and cloudy when I was there and the high is suppose to be 41 degrees and cloudy today and a low of 30 degrees tonight.  Tomorrow looks to be a gorgeous day as the high is suppose to reach 48 degrees and be mostly cloudy but chance of sun.  I did go and check Franz Jevne and there is still shore ice there and looks the same as yesterday. 
   The river is open 1.8 miles east of Frontier Landing or 6.2 miles west of Birchdale there is some ice build up in between the spots of open water from about 2.5 miles east of Frontier to the 1.8 miles east of Frontier.

For open water to get to Frontier it needs to open up 1.8 miles, to get to Vidas it needs to open up 11.8 miles, and to get to us it needs to open up 18.3 miles.

Birchdale Landing open to all boats:


This picture was taken 2.5 miles east of Frontier (5.5 miles west of Birchdale) showing open water and boat there fishing.  This is right where it ended before the ice build up and there was open water after this point also:


March 22nd, 2015:
   We went and checked the river and found open water 4.6 miles west of the Birchdale Landing around 2:00pm.  The temperature was 32 degrees and the high for today is suppose to be 35 degrees and the low around 23 degrees tonight.  Tomorrow is suppose to be a high of 41 degrees and looks like it is going to be cloudy.  There is still some shore ice at the Birchdale Landing and hoping the county is out there tomorrow to break it lose.  Also Franz Jevne still has some shore ice.
   Our group of 5 did good again yesterday with the biggest being 23 inches.  They were going to go out for a few hours this morning before heading back home.  Hope to have some more fishing reports soon!

4.6 miles west of Birchdale Landing:


Birchdale Landing:


Franz Jevne:


March 21st, 2015:
   Grant went and checked the river about 12:30pm and found open water 2.7 miles west of Birchdale.  The temperature at the time was in high teens with the high for the day reaching 29 degrees and the low of 12 degrees for tonight.  There is still shore ice at Birchdale Landing so boats are still pushing off and hopefully on Monday morning the county will be out there to clear it out.  There was less shore ice today at Birchdale Landing.

Birchdale Landing:


2.7 miles west of Birchdale Landing this was taken at the Wayside Rest and look at all those geese in Canada:

March 20th, 2015:
   We headed east and got to Birchdale around 12:45pm this afternoon the temperature was 31 degrees.  There were about 5 boat trailers that had pushed off from there and there was about three at Franz Jevne.  There is open water about 2.5 miles west of the Birchdale Landing but we are thinking that it might be froze up still in between as we didn't see any boats in this part of the open water.  The high for today is suppose to be 32 degrees with a low of 9 degrees tonight. 
   We talked to one of the groups that is staying with us this morning and they said fishing was slow for them yesterday.  Doesn't sound like any big fish were caught.  When we were at Birchdale checking the river conditions a group was just pulling their boat out of the water and said they caught their 2 walleye each but no big ones either.  It is cooler on the river today as the temperature was only 31 degrees when we were there but with the wind felt a lot colder.

Birchdale Landing looking straight out:


Birchdale Landing looking to the west:


Birchdale Landing looking to the east:


Open water 2.5 miles west from the Birchdale Landing:


Franz Jevne:
 

March 19th, 2015:
    We woke up to it snowing this morning and the river in front of our house was completely white again.  It quit shortly before we went and checked the river at 12:45 pm and there was some open water in front of the Birchdale Landing.  You could also see open water on the Canadian side straight out from the Birchdale Landing.  It was about 37 degrees and the high is suppose to get 49 degrees with a low of 29 degrees tonight.  There were 4 boat trailers at Franz Jevne when we stopped to check there.  It looks like there is less shore ice here than there was yesterday. 
   We talked to one group last night that was fishing up by Pelland for the day and they caught 27 walleyes and the biggest being 24 inches.  They also caught some sturgeon with one being 73 inches hoping they send a picture to share with everyone!  Hoping the fishing is good!

Straight out in front of the Birchdale Landing:


Looking to the east at Birchdale Landing:


Franz Jevne:

March 18th, 2015:
   Grant went and checked the river about 1:30pm today and sadly it did not get in front of the Birchdale Landing.  It is still less than a mile from the landing and he said it moved a little bit closer but got wider.  It is about 36 degrees at this time with the high reaching 46 degrees and a low of 28 tonight.  Hoping tomorrow we will see open water in front of the Birchdale Landing.  Boats are pushing off at Franz Jevne today. 

Looking to the east at Birchdale Landing:


Franz Jevne:


A group fishing near Franz Jevne:


March 17th, 2015:
   Grant went and checked the river earlier this afternoon while I was at my part time job.  The high for today is around 40 degrees and the low being around 22 degrees.  I was amazed when I left for work that my windshield was frosted over and that the river still opened up as much as it did.  You can now see open water from the Birchdale Landing Grant is thinking it was less than a mile.  Franz Jevne is open with about 40 yards of shore ice.

Looking east at Birchdale you can see the water:


Looking straight at Franz Jevne:


Looking to the west at Franz Jevne:


March 16th, 2015:
   We went and checked the river about 1:00 pm today the temperature was 35 degrees so a lot cooler than yesterday but the sun is finally shinning as it was cloudy this morning.  The wind is NNW at 15 to 25 mph today with the high getting 40 degrees and the low for tonight is 23 degrees.  We saw open water 5.1 miles east of Birchdale (could see open water going to the west of the picture also) and in the picture it was hard to tell but we could see ice floating in the water on the Canadian side.  We also went to 6.1 miles to see if we could see more open water which we did.  So the river is now around 5 miles east of Birchdale.

Here is 5.1 miles east of Birchdale Landing:


Here is 6.1 miles east of Birchdale Landing:


This is the view at Franz Jevne is 2.1 miles east of Birchdale Landing: 


March 15th, 2015:
    The temperature was 63 degrees at 3:43 pm when we went to check the river.  We stopped at Manitou Rapids and it had open water and it was going to the west as far as we could see.  We did find a spot on the road where we could still see open water and stopped to take a picture.  It is now 8.3 miles from Birchdale Landing and 6.2 miles from Franz Jevne.  It is suppose to be around 37 degrees for a low tonight and stay in the mid 30s and low 40s all week.  There is a chance of snow tomorrow morning.

Here is 8.3 miles east of Birchdale Landing:



March 14th, 2015:
    Last night our temperature reading was around 25 degrees and by early morning it was back in the low 30s.  It has been sunny all day so far with the temperature around 46 degrees when we went to check the river at 1:20pm.  This picture was about the only good one we could get as there are a bunch of trees in the way.  So these were taken just a little bit to the east of the where it ended.  The river is now 9.9 miles east of Birchdale Landing, 7.8 miles east of Franz Jevne and 34.4 miles from our place.  Tomorrow they are talking a high of 59 degrees with it being cloudy early and partial sunshine expected later in the day.

Here is the picture of the open water from today just a little bit east of where it ended:


This is the same spot just zoomed in some more:


March 13th, 2015:
    We were unable to go check the river today because we were working on the dock.  It stayed in the high 30s today, we had some misting going on this afternoon, and it has been cloudy all day.  One of our friend's that was heading that way for work said it was just over 13 miles east of Birchdale.  We will be going to check tomorrow mid day so be sure to watch for our report.

March 12th, 2015:
  I went and checked the river and found open water around 12:50pm.  It is now 17.5 miles east of Birchdale Landing.  It was 51 degrees and the sun is finally shinning.  I stopped at a nice couple's house and they were kind enough to let me take pictures of the River.  They have a beautiful view there.  Since Monday when we check the river it has opened up 9.4 miles total.  There are a lot o f brown/yellowish spots on the ice also between Frontier all the way to the open water.  There is a 40% chance of rain tomorrow morning otherwise it looks like a gorgeous weekend and hopefully it will be open in no time.

Here is the picture I took showing the end of the open water it might be hard to tell in the picture but in person it was still frozen to the west of this spot:


Also I stopped at Franz Jevne to see what it looked like there isn't as much snow there as Monday and you can see the ice it is not open yet:


March 11th, 2015:
   We did not check the River today but International Falls Covention and Visitors Bureau posted this and they said I could use it, "Koochiching County has cleared the Kuttes Landing access. This provides access to open water on Rainy River ten miles west of International Falls at Pelland Junction. Border Waters regulations allow for walleye fishing until April 14, 2015. This is a great opportunity for open water fishing, especially given the mild temperatures in the immediate forecast."

Picture taken by International Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau:
 

March 10th, 2015:
  We have a friend that travels from International Falls to Baudette and then back to International Falls a couple times a week.  He said that he figures it opened up about a mile and half compared to yesterday where he saw us taking pictures.  Just a reminder the plan is to go Thursday so hoping it opens up quite a bit with the warm weather we had today and the next few days.  Stay tuned...

March 9th, 2015:
    We went and checked the river conditions today.  We had a customer let us know last night that the river was open 2.5 miles west of  the Little Fork River so we figured it was time to start checking it.  This was the best picture of the end of open water we could get because of the trees in the way.  It is one mile east of the Big Fork River which makes it 26.9 miles east of Birchdale (Nelson Landing). 

Picture was taken at 2:21 pm and the temperature according to the car was 46 degrees.  Last year we started checking the river March 16, 2014 so we are 7 days earlier this year and almost in the same spot as last year (difference is about 3 miles further east this year than last year).  It might be a few days til we check the river again as it is 100 miles round trip but we will make sure to have a report by Thursday evening.



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