Ice Damage to Shoreline Property - Photo Gallery

ice damage to shoreline property

Minnesota winters can produce a phenomenon called "ice jacking". This powerful natural force forms a feature along the shoreline known as an "ice ridge." The result may include significant damage to retaining walls, docks and boat lifts, cabins, and public boat launching facilities.

The following photos offer examples of ice ridges and their impact on the shoreline.

Ice Ridge Photos

year: 2012
 

 

 

 

Lake Miltona
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year: 2003
Lake Bemidji
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Big Birch
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Lake Miltona
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Mille Lacs Lake
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Shamineau Lake
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year: 1987 year: 1983
Otter Tail Lake
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Big Cormorant
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Lake Lida
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ice damage to shoreline Another form of ice damage occasionally occurs during the breakup of lake ice in the spring. Mounds of wind-blown ice can pile up on the shoreline, leading to damage of property. Complete melting of lake ice cover occurs first near shore. The ice sheet is free to float on the water and drift with the wind. When a wind-blown ice sheet collides with the shore, it can exert great pressure and push heaps of ice on shore. This phenomenon is most common on larger lakes.

The following photos offer examples of wind-blown ice and the impact on the shoreline.

Wind-Blown Ice Photos

year: 2007 year: 1999 year: 1995
Mille Lacs Lake
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(northwest shore - courtesy Dave Schmidt)
Mille Lacs Lake
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Mille Lacs Lake
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year: 1985 year: 1981
Ottertail Lake
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Mille Lacs Lake
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Ottertail Lake     
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