Groaning Pine Lake

20 Mar

Groaning Pine Lake

Last evening I stayed up way too late working on a quilting project. When I finally crawled into bed at 2 am I was kept awake by the groaning lake sounds. For those of you who have never been around a lake as it freezes in the fall it makes all kinds of groaning and cracking sounds as it makes ice. Usually you hear this in the fall more than the spring but last night’s temperature dropped to around 20 degrees after a week of nearly 50 degrees. So the lake started making ice again. It moaned and groaned all night long. This is not a soft quiet groaning but rather loud because you can hear it easily with all the doors and windows closed and nearly 125′ from the lake. This morning when I walked down to the lake to take the picture it was still groaning but not as loudly since the temps are near 40 degrees now. It won’t be long now before the ice goes out on the lake. In our area it usually happens around April 15 each spring. I can hardly wait to hear the waves crashing on the shore.


Posted by on March 20, 2010 in Uncategorized


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2 responses to “Groaning Pine Lake

  1. Linda Anderson

    March 22, 2010 at 7:00 am

    I have heard about that before, but never actually heard it. When we were in Northern Minnesota several years ago for snowmobiling, I stood outside early one morning down by the lake we were staying by and heard the lake snap and pop. It was fairly loud, but in the still morning air, it really echoed against the trees surrounding the lake. That was Horseshoe Lake off Leech Lake.

  2. flyinggma

    March 22, 2010 at 8:21 am

    In the spring when the ice starts breaking up and the smaller ice chunks hit the shore it sounds like wind chimes. It is beautiful to stand on shore and listen.


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