Stretch of cold temps freeze Lindenwood Lake

It doesn’t happen often, but several-consecutive days of below freezing temperatures following Winter Storm Izzy has frozen Lindenwood Lake on the North Campus of the Highlands Biological Station in January.

Pictured below is an aerial view of Lindenwood lake while frozen.

“Happens 1-3 times a year,” said HBS Associate Director Jason Love. “I’ve heard that it happened more often in the past and would stay iced over for a longer duration, and the ice would be thick enough to walk on.”

Aerial view of a frozen Lindenwood Lake with Satulah Mountain in the background.

Lindenwood Lake is a few acres in size and relatively shallow, only approx. 8-feet deep at its lowest point.

Looking down at Lindenwood Lake near the teaching pavilillion.

Love said animals that use the Lake as a source of food will find a spot that is not frozen over, or will seek out another lake entirely.

Frozen Lindenwood Lake and teaching pavillion.

Harris Lake is located near Lindenwood Lake and also in Highlands. Harris Lake did not completely freeze, leaving just enough unfrozen area for the ducks that call the lake their home access to food.

Ducks at Harris Lake gather in the one area of the lake that remains unfrozen.

“They used to ice skate on Harris Lake, but I’ve been told it hasn’t frozen over like it used to in the past, warmer winters,” said Love.

Love added that Lindenwood Lake was created in the early 1900s and is well over 100 years old.

Lindenwood Lake on the North Campus of the Highlands Biological Station.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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