AUBURN – Lake Auburn’s ice has weakened considerably. A check around the lake at about 9 a.m. Monday discovered an ice-free area at the causeway at East Auburn, extending all the way past the island that is visible from Lake Shore Drive.

The bulk of the last remains of ice was in the North Auburn section of Lake Shore Drive, and along the South Shore near the old ice-house site.

All that is needed is a strong wind to finish off the winter coat.

Several boats could be seen on the lake.

A spokeswoman for the Auburn Water District said workers will put the dock in place today at the boat launch at the East Auburn causeway. If the ice doesn’t work it’s way back into the causeway area, the roads leading to the launch will be opened, she said.

The earliest ice-out date at Lake Auburn since 1900 was March 30, 1981. It was nearly matched last year when Lake Auburn was declared ice free on March 31. The latest ice-out date was May 6 in both 1939 and 1940.

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