I hope the Apostle's expedition sees that same ice melting this weekend but I'm a bit skeptical. Reports from MrSafe, a noted Ashland realtor, reports, '30" of ice in Chequamagon Bay and large drifting plates of ice at Saxon Harbor'. GurneyGranny weighed in this morning with,'The only open water I've seen is the channel they busted from Bayfield to LaPointe. Tell em to watch out for ferries!'. An experienced group of paddlers the likes of RonO, RonS, Alex, and ChrisG should be fine but need to remember that the lake is indeed the boss, especially in April. My plan is to head down to the Trempealeau National Wildife Refuge, paddle, and take pictures of the incredible migration that's heading up the Mississippi flyway this time of year. I am sure that notes on the two trips will need to be compared at some point next week over a cool pint of Summit Maibock.