Ice Island lies in the small craft channel, about two KM east of Mallorytown Landing. Its name is quite fitting. This 1/3rd acre islet is wedge-shaped, the pointy end aimed west into the river’s relentless current. At spring breakup, especially after a cold ice-forming winter, the current carries massive to tiny flows downriver and onto Ice Island. The granite wedge is like to bow of an icebreaker ship. Ice splits on the shore and rides up and onto the island, some years forming massive pile-ups that glisten in the spring sun.
The ice riding onto the island has kept the soil layer form building up except in a few pockets and patches, and so vegetation is sparse. It has been one of the largest common tern nesting colonies in the area, though now a nesting site for cormorants. The broad shallows around the island have lush aquatic plant growth, food for diving ducks and refuge for spawning and feeding fish.
Fund needed: $5,600