I was telling a friend of mine that just moved to Oshkosh a few months ago about the ice shoves that we witnessed on Lake Winnebago and she didn’t have any idea what I was talking about. I showed her some of these pictures that I took and she was amazed. I told her to head to Menominee Park and take a drive. Over by the Waters it is pretty extravagant!
If you still don’t know what I am referring to, it is worth it to keep reading and take a drive to see the beauty and mess these things can create, especially if you are living on the lake. This usually happens every year when the temperatures start warming and the east winds pick up and actually move the ice across the lake to the Western (Oshkosh) shores. It usually doesn’t take much more than 10-20 minutes for the ice to come piling up on the lake, docks and on shore. As the ice breaks up, you can actually hear it moving, breaking and crunching together. Sometimes it is large chunks the size of a car and sometimes if you get small pieces that collect together. With the ice storm that hit here last week, it left a beautiful display of ice hanging from everything from, trees, houses and down power lines with a mess of branches and limbs scattered across the city as well.
As you can see from some of these pictures, some backyards have gotten smaller, docks have been taken out, and ice making its way onto the street.