A sailboat sits on the receding lake ice with its hull visible while white caps form on open water in the background.

A resident, who lives on the southeastern shore of Gull Lake near the Love Lake channel, reported seeing the hull of a 18-20 foot sailboat in the remaining lake ice that accumulated Thursday, April 25. The origin of the boat is still undetermined but high winds raked central Minnesota on Thursday causing the lake to be almost ice free. The earliest ice out on Gull Lake was March 26, 2012. Last year, the ice was out on Gull Lake on May 5, based on DNR records. Going back to 1950, the median ice out date for Gull Lake is March 26.