January 5, 2016–Residents on Silver Lake are reporting patches of hazardous thin ice due to the abnormally high activity of deep springs in the lake bed. Greater care than normal should be exercised when accessing the lake ice this year.
John Durbrow, president of Manitowoc County Lakes Association points out that the ground froze very late this year, and we experienced very heavy rainfall throughout December. This late recharge of the subterranean water table will cause all spring fed lakes to be particularly dangerous, as the greater amounts of comparatively warm spring water rise to the ice capped surface.
For the same reason, the Lake Michigan bluff will likely experience a high degree of sloughing during the Spring thaw.