Seagull-a-palooza: DNR Marine Wardens and the June icebergs

Warden Wire Section: Wardens in Action published on June 6, 2014

By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement

Winged pirates commandeer winter's last blast: Lake Superior icebergs on June 6!

Warden Lynna Gurnoe eyes the floating ice island on Lake Superior  from inside the DNR Marine Warden boat.

Warden Lynna Gurnoe eyes the floating ice island on Lake Superior from inside the DNR Marine Warden boat.

DNR Marine Warden Amie Egstad eased up the power on her boat today to make a Friday afternoon round of what she thought would be routine commercial net checks on Lake Superior as the temperature hit the low 80s.

Wardens swing in to get a closer chilly look.

Wardens swing in to get a closer chilly look.

But this wasn't to be any ordinary patrol around the pond. No, this was going to be different... Who knew what was lurking in the waters ahead? (Cue the foghorn.)

OK, kill the foghorn. It wasn't exactly a Titanic situation because the wardens actually saw it from a distance. Still, an icy mountain floating quietly and rather eerily in the middle of the mighty and sometimes moody Lake Superior was a dramatic sight. And, yes, since it was afternoon, the sun was up and there was no chance the wardens were about to ram this thing.

Marine Warden Amie Egstad says this is one of the ice packs and ice bergs still floating around the mighty Lake Superior just off Madeline Island.

Marine Warden Amie Egstad says this is one of the ice packs and ice bergs still floating around the mighty Lake Superior just off Madeline Island.

But look at the photos from Warden Amie. You must admit an iceberg in June is not what you'd expect.

"We were on today’s commercial net check," Warden Amie says. "And there was this big iceberg -- along with other ice packs and bergs floating around backside of Madeline Island area east towards Saxon Harbor."

So, Warden Amie motored in for a closer look -- and to document it with photographs of the winter that just ... cannot... let... go.

Seagull-a-palooza:winged pirates float east toward Saxon Harbor in Lake Superior near Madeline Island on June 6.

Seagull-a-palooza: winged pirates float east toward Saxon Harbor in Lake Superior on June 6.

Here was the massive iceberg -- doubling as a resort for some very relaxed seagulls who couldn't have cared less about the warden boat.

One last look at 2014 winter's last gasp - we hope.

One last look at 2014 winter's last gasp - we hope.

But it's June and it's Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin! Get out! Enjoy those state parks, fishing and ATV trails -- for free! Pack a picnic and enjoy yourself. And if you're heading to Lake Superior, pack an ice pick... and cue that foghorn.

Last Revised: Friday, June 06, 2014

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