Fun times on the river. Glad you and the boat made it out alright. Thought I was going to loose my boat downtown st paul when it got caught in a ice flow. I was in the flow when the ice down river of me jammed up on the train bridge. Heavy chunks of thick ice kept piling in from up river with my boat stuck in the middle of it not able to move at all. The ice was slowly moving but it was pushing my boat towards the cement wall. Got lucky and the ice just up river of me locked up and made some space for me to get the boat moving again. At one point was thinking I was going to climb the wood train bridge out of there and just let the boat go. Wasn’t my first go round getting stuck in the ice but I sure pay better attention to it now. Downtown is a bad pinch point.
For guys that are new to boating the river this time of year and busting ice keep this in mind. When you bust ice going up river what you bust loose tends to float away down river. When bust ice going down river what you go through piles in behind you and is a better chance of trapping you in.