Come touch an 18,000 pound block of ice at the Eco Experience. Feel the coolness of the ice and see it melting throughout the State Fair and learn about climate change’s effects on lake ice in Minnesota.
Climate change is shortening the lake ice season in Minnesota and there are implications for our economy and ecology.
- Reduced winter ice cover can change lake evaporation. In Lake Superior, data shows that less ice leads to higher rates of summer evaporation – and potentially an overall change in lake level.
- Losing our fish. Warming surface waters in the state are leading to a significant loss of fish habitat for many prominent species, including trout and walleye.
- More algae. A longer open water season, in combination with increased stormwater runoff and erosion caused by heavier rain, means that many bodies of water will be home to algae blooms.
- Condensed ice-fishing season.