Lake 16 February Ice Dive

Lake 16, Martin, Allegan County, Michigan. The ice thickness today was 6″ clear, 2″ frosted, 2″ of slush heavy on the water. Air temperature at start of day was 33F and 28F three hours later with a freshening breeze. Water temperature 36-38F depending on whose gauge you thought was most correct. You could visually track the diver as he went down until he went below 25 feet. Bottom depth at this spot was ~42 feet. Last diver down had a lateral visibility of ~20 feet after your eyes adjusted to the darkness with no lights being used. Only a partial wagon wheel & spokes could be shoveled out due to the wind having made snow less spots around the area. Only one ice fisherman on the lake with us and he was having no luck at all.

Shadow of sunken boat

Shadow of sunken boat

Darrin Hanging around

Darrin Hanging around

Orca on land

Orca on land

Damn this water is cold

Damn this water is cold

Can I get out now?

Can I get out now?

Tender looks attentive

Tender looks attentive

Always go toward the light

Always go toward the light

Light at the end of the rope

Light at the end of the rope

Kevin getting psyched up

Kevin getting psyched up

Who? Me! Go down where?

Who? Me! Go down where?

Jim freezing his feet  and tush!

Jim freezing his feet and tush!

Diver Stop sign - heed  it or weep!

Diver Stop sign – heed it or weep!

One for the money, two for the show,...

One for the money, two for the show,…

Into the darkness

Into the darkness

Lost in the void

Lost in the void

Time to get out

Time to get out

Looks like a captured seal

Looks like a captured seal

Mack, last man out

Mack, last man out

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