May 2nd is the latest day for the ice to leave the lake in the 17 years we have lived on Chestermere Lake. In 2002 May 2nd was also the day the lake was thawed totally. The earliest was April 11th in 2005. I would much prefer the April 11th date. After the ice has thawed the Western Irrigation District can let in the water from the Bow River to bring the level of the lake up to operating level.
Chestermere is a very busy place right now. Residents on the lake are working to get their docks and retaining wall in ship shape. They are getting their boats serviced so they can be on the water as soon as possible. It is an exciting time in Chestermere. You would almost forget how great it is to live here over the long winter. But as soon as that lake starts to sparkle and shine, there is no place we would rather be!