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Swim Report – May 13, 2017 – Back on track!

After an unexpected dip in the lake temperature last week, we lucked out with an in-swim temp of 54.0F yesterday morning. And if that wasn’t great enough, we also had phenomenal swimming conditions! As we get closer to the summer solstice, the sunrise times are getting... Read More

Swim Report – May 6, 2017 – Pushback

Five of us met out at L1 at 5:40am, just in time to catch yet another amazing Spring sunrise. The lake was a bit more calm than last week, but it had decided to misbehave in other ways… I put in the surface thermometer, totally expecting to see the lake in the 53F+ range.... Read More

Swim Report – April 28/29, 2017 – Half Century Edition

I ushered in my fifth decade with two days of swimming, and they couldn’t have been any more different from each other! Friday morning up at Lighthouse Beach was a real gem. The forecasted gloomy weather had not yet arrived, so there was plenty of sunshine along with... Read More

Swim Report – April 22, 2017 – Homecoming

The 50F+ lake temp brought out some Lake Monsters that we haven’t seen since the fall. And we all sure had a vigorous swim in the choppy lake! These earlier mornings can be deceiving. You time it so you can get out to the swim site by sunrise, but you find yourself stepping... Read More

Swim Report – April 8, 2017 – Great Awakening

A short swim report as this is our first really awesome weekend and I want to spend as much time outside as possible… In sum, the lake came in at a rather tepid 43.7F which means we are likely at the early stages of the Spring turnover. Given the lakefront advisories... Read More

(Real) Swim Report – April 1, 2017 – Happy April!

After a tempestuous beginning, Spring 2017 calmed down a bit on Saturday and finally gave us a great morning! Although the air was still a tad nippy at 38F, the lake came in at a wondrous 41.9F. Plus we had plenty of very intense sunshine that not only helped stave off the chill... Read More

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