The iceberg on Lake Osakis was still floating around last week, generating a lot of talk around town.
Virtually all of the ice on the lake was gone by Easter Sunday, the lake’s official ice-out date, but the iceberg was still there.
Intrigued, Sam Converse and his two sons, Colton and Parker, decided to get an up close and personal view of the phenomenon.
On Monday, March 28, they paddled a canoe out from Miller’s Bay to a sand bar where the iceberg was located. Colton and Parker explored the ice and Sam took a few photos.
“It was in a real shallow area,” Sam said. “We could see the ice piled up in sheets and chunks. We had to be a little careful. It was sharp if you tripped and fell.”
There are a few theories on how the iceberg began. Some said it started when a large ice heave in the middle of the lake broke loose, and as the wind pushed it around the lake, it accumulated more and more ice.
“The ice went out weird this year,” Sam said.
However it formed, the bright white patch of ice could be spotted from miles across the lake.
“We noticed it when it first started,” said Sam. “We saw eagles, ducks, geese and swans by it.”
OK, it may not be a true iceberg.
Icebergs, by definition, break off from glaciers, have to be higher than 16 feet and must cover an area of about a mile.
Smaller pieces of ice, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, are called “bergy bits” and “growlers.”
But iceberg sure sounds a lot cooler.