Approach to Ice Out and High Water
2019 April 22
In a normal year, the Ottawa River is largely ice free by April 15, often earlier. This year, there wasn't a sign of open water, even out in the middle until a few days ago. But now Spring is coming with a vengeance. The Ottawa is rising and opening up, although it has a long way to go; the local creeks and the Chalk River are in full spring flood. To the best of my recollection, I have never seen the Chalk River as high as it currently is. It's northern edge is lapping the old rail bed beside Hwy. 17.