Lake is coming back to life

The summer season will begin in earnest this weekend, with the first long weekend of the year.
It also marks the opening of the “walleye” fishing season in Northwestern Ontario. Families and friends that we have known for many years are slowly making their way back to the lake.
Our friend, Larry Grief, landed back in Fort Frances last Friday to spend the summer on Rainy Lake. En route, he stopped in South Dakota to pick up his vehicle which he had left over the winter.
It is still there—undergoing repairs from a tornado that ripped through a farm that he spends the month of October at.
The farm house, barns, out buildings, and equipment were demolished in a few moments. His brother, Phil, and sister-in-law, Carol, were at the farm when the tornado struck.
Their vehicle also was destroyed.
Philip and Carol will arrive later this month to Rainy Lake, where they, too, will spend the summer from their winter home in Tucson, Ariz.
Our friends, the Johnsons, on the other side of the island, will arrive on the U.S. Memorial Day weekend and open their cottage for the summer. Over the next three months, the four siblings, along with their children and grandchildren, will find time to spend on the island.
Slowly the lake seems to be coming back to life. Many local residents made their way to their cabins last week, discovering that the lake is not filling up fast enough.
In the newspaper this week, you will see that the water levels are now at the edge of the rule curve and, without additional rainfall, will fall below the “rule curve” within days.
Water lines are being reconnected, and walkways and paths cleaned of pine needles and branches that have drifted down over the past seven months. Floating docks are beached, and cabin owners are resorting to bull labour to get them into the water.
Weather, and the changing weather patters, greatly affect us. Visiting the cabin in mid-January, I was shocked at the lack of snow on the island. Last weekend, I was surprised at the dryness of the bush. It is a tinder-box.
At the cabin, I can’t pull my boat up to the dock that I normally park at. Even getting in and out of the marina is difficult.
The drought that began last summer has continued through the winter.
We are known as Rainy River District and eventually we can expect Rainy Lake to fill up. I hope that it just fills up during the week with rain and doesn’t spoil the weekends.

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