The only problem is that they had a lot of snow here, and when it all melts at once it causes problems!
This area had a hard winter. The first snowfall was on October 11 last fall and it stayed! So winter had been around for almost seven months!
The campground and the road on this side of the lake are built into a sloping hill that leads down to the lake. At the top of that hill are hundreds of acres of farm fields that have melting snow on them. So there are a lot of culverts in place to direct the water runoff to the right place. But this weekend some of those culverts became jammed with ice, or they simply overflowed. This is causing a problem.
Lots of spring runoff.
This is our road leading down to the boat launch and part of the campground. The water isn't supposed to be here! It's supposed to be flowing in a drainage ditch that runs underneath the footbridge you can see on the right.
But a thick layer of ice had redirected the flow onto the road. What we didn't know, was that water was also making it's way underneath the road surface. Even if we did know, it was going to take a backhoe to fix the problem.
Well now, we really need to fix a problem!
This wasn't the only area with a problem. We went for a 6 km (3.7 mile) walk yesterday afternoon down the road that runs beside the lake and back.
The water in this ditch is touching the side of the road.
This road doesn't affect our access. It leads up to Prince Albert National Park.
The day before yesterday, the culvert got jammed with ice and the water began flowing over the road.
A big chunk of the bank got washed away.
The temperature went below freezing last night so the water flow had slowed considerably. This morning, apparently they have a backhoe coming to fix our problem here so that it doesn't get worse when things warm up again.