Rick Ward making his way in from the lake at Catawaba Island State Park Saturday, Feb. 8
Not only has our area been busier this winter with outage workers from Davis-Besse, but the harsh winter has drawn ice fisherman to our area for the first time in years. Looking out onto the horizon of the lake amidst a sea of white, a speckling of ice shanties can be seen. According to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, as of Feb. 10 Lake Erie had 93% ice cover. The NOAA Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System reports that the Great Lakes as a whole are 78% covered.