There are snowmachine races on the lake Sat. - AMMC Ice X and Ice Racing Alaska in front of the islander. Then Sunday, Kids 120 races in front of the Islander and Burkshore Marine for more Ice Racing Alaska on Sunday.
Please use caution in these areas as well as the trails.
If you want to watch the races from your vehicle, please remember to leave room should rider and machine separate ways.
Security is a big concern for all of us on the lakes and surrounding area, whether you're a weekender or a full-time resident.
A new, all Alaskan company is debuting a product which might be of great interest to many of us.
SimpleSensor has more information Here.
Trail update from Dan Mayfield
As most of you know, there is insufficient snow to groom the trails without causing damage to the trails and our equipment. I'm not happy about that, but it is reality. As a result, I am cancelling the membership meeting which was previously scheduled for this Friday. I will keep you advised if we reschedule the meeting. In the meantime, please do a vigorous snow dance.
Here are a couple of items you may be interested in:
I have sent a letter to the Borough, the Railroad and HDR asking that they again revisit the rerouted trails to clear out dangerous stumps that are sticking up from the trails. I have not gotten a response as yet but will follow up Friday. When using the rerouted trails, please be keenly aware that there may be hidden dangers. I would suggest going slowly.
I have a meeting Friday with the Borough and Iron Dog in regards to rerouted trails and the route for the Iron Dog. I'll report on that when able.
Lastly, we had a great turnout on our trail clearing effort to address overhangs and fallen trees. All the volunteers did a great job clearing obstacles from across trails. Thank you to all who volunteered.
Like I said, do the snow dance.
The trail cleaning event was a success!
A large group of volunteers met at the East end of Flat Lake Saturday morning and promptly headed out. We cleaned/brushed trail six all the way out to the Big Swamp.
We had a couple minor mishaps along the way, but that just made it a bit more interesting.
Erin Borowski sent in a link to a video that her son Ian and his friend Connor Zietlow made while having some fun on the ice a couple weeks ago.
From a safety standpoint, I'm not sure I'd recommend this, but the guys seem to be enjoying it. 12-4-14
Suspicious Activity Warning!
Paul Hansmeyer forwarded an important e-mail from a Horseshoe Lake resident:
"I received this email from Cathi Kramer over on Horseshoe Lake."
Hello Neighbors, I was made aware of some suspicious activity in the Big Lake area last night …. Please be on the lookout for a Black S-10 Blazer / late 90’s – license plate GLV975 with 2 male occupants. Please contact the Alaska State Troopers if you see this vehicle. Occupants were seen fleeing from a home in the Big Lake area on 11/18/14 and have been reported in other areas as well. FYI - MEA has a scheduled power outage for our area from 1 pm – 3 pm today. Stay safe and warm! Thank You, Cathi Horseshoe Lake Firewise Coordinator
The first of the season!
Remember to check the ice!
Over by Loon point, he was heading towards North shore campground? He was lucky there was a road nearby and towed it out the next morning.
Tundraben sent out some interesting shots from around Long Island. Click here to see.
Please remember the good
people who keep the roads to our
cabins open! Without them it
would be a long walk!
Donations to the Big Lake Ice Road Fund (just $100 for the whole winter!) for Flat Lake, Mud Lake, and Big Lake can be mailed to:
14949 Big Lake Lodge Road
Wasilla, AK 99623
Aaron from Big Lake put together an awesome video of himself and friends ice skating on the lake. Very nicely done, and best viewed in full screen.
Looks like a great way to spend an afternoon!
Click HERE to view
Burkeshore is delivering heating fuel on the lake. General Manager Tom Vitt has more information Here.
Sunday, 1/25/15. Cloudy yesterday, clearing late in the day, with a high in the teens. Clear this morning, with a low of 9 below zero. Total snow accumulation for the season is 22.25", but has settled to 12.5". The ice roads on Big Lake, Mud Lake, Root Beer Lake, and Flat Lake are plowed.
I checked the ice thickness on Ice 5, near the Mud Lake channel on 1/3/15 and found 15" of ice. We have over 20" of ice in our parking lot. According to an ice chart, that will support 50,000 lbs.
SNOWMACHINERS and ATVs -USE CAUTION! The channels between Flat Lake, Mud Lake and Big Lake have thin ice. Warn any guests who aren't familiar with the area to stay out of the channels. A four wheeler fell through the ice in the Big Lake channel on January 2nd. Also, your volunteer plow crews would appreciate it very much if snowmachines would avoid spraying snow into the plowed areas. The snow sets up into speed bumps, and is hard on the trucks and drivers.
Jake, Craig, Wes, Calvin and Jaye have been hard at it, and their work is displayed in a great photo of Flat Lake, taken from the air by Wes. It was taken looking down the lake to the east towards Mud Lake and Big Lake.
Haggard Boat Storage and Repair http://haggardstorage.com/
Self-storage units now available for rent at Haggard Storage. The units are 10' x 10', with concrete floors and interior sheetrock walls. Heated units are $85 per month, unheated are $55 per month. Units are available under a 6 month minimum contract. Rent one for a year, and take 10% off! - Dale and Carolyn Haggard Call 907-892-7797 or 907-232-7411
We can also put a skookum top on as well as glass in your boat:
ON FLAT LAKE TIME
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ON FLAT LAKE TIME is the story of how my beautiful, resourceful wife, Gail, and I solved the many unforeseen problems encountered when we moved off the road system to a remote cabin on a lake in Big Lake, Alaska. It chronicles the adventurous lives of the Flat Lake “home guard” and the shift in perspective it takes to fully enjoy and look forward to the next challenge.
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Cathy Mayfield shares some
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Thanks To Larry Taylor
Be aware on the trails this weekend for dog sled teams.
Hello this is Lou Schrader, Trail boss for the Northern Lights 300 sled dog race.
Please be advised that we will be using big lake trails this weekend.
Our race starts Friday 1/23/15 out of Happy trail kennels back side of big lake.
The teams will come on to the big Sue 3 miles down stream from trail #11 about 2pm-5pm Friday. Then heading up to Scary tree and heading up to finger lake.
Return about 9am Sunday morning.
If you can spread the word that would be really cool.
Thanks again Lou.
A small cosmetics bag was found on the ice on Flat Lake. If you lost one, or know who did, please e-mail me with a description so that it can be returned.
Big Lake Truck Recovery
Here are some pictures of the truck recovery from Big Lake this afternoon. As you may recall, a couple guys were fortunate to escape from a 2013 Denali pick up when it broke through the ice and sank in 22' of water early last month. The crew who retrieved it today cut a truck-sized hole in the ice with a chain saw. The ice was about 18" thick. They had a diver attach 2 cables to the back of the truck near the bumper. They were strung through a couple pulleys on the top of a steel tripod, and attached to the winch lines of 2 big pick ups. Once the Denali was pulled to the surface, and the rear axle was exposed, 2 more lines from a third truck with winch and a portable winch were attached to the axle, and a couple big wooden poles were pushed into the water under the truck. The truck was eased out onto the ice on the poles. The whole operation went pretty smoothly, but took several hours. There was a pretty good crowd there to watch.
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Here's a photo of the 4 wheeler that fell through the ice yesterday afternoon. It came out without too much trouble, with the help of some Flat Lakers.
On scene would be Larry Merriman, Craig Johnson, and Turk Kincaid. With some assistance from Kenny and Kristen Smith, who encountered the unfortunate driver right after the incident, and made sure he was OK, in addition to getting him hooked up with some Flat Lakers who were willing to lend a hand.
Carolyn Haggard 1-3-15
A map of Big Lake has been added to the "Useful links" column below.
Several people have asked about the location of some of the points referenced in ice and road reports. I have to admit that, even though I've been coming up to Big Lake for over over 27 years, I still have to look at a map to find some of the geographic points.
I obtained permission from Todd Communications to use the map, and Digital Blueprints of Alaska was kind enough to scan it for me so I could upload it.
I'm going to try to add information to the map in the near future, but hopefully this helps.
Bob Shem Photo.
There's a vehicle at the bottom of
this hole.........see below.
An Evening at the Mayfields : 12-5-14
First rescue mission of the year.
We have been warning people for a couple of weeks not to trust the ice on the west end of the lake but many people are tempted, might I say attracted, to try traveling to the west end because the roads are so great on the east end and, of course, there are no warning signs to stop people.
So, as Cathy and I sit in our easy chairs at 1 AM watching the last part of a show, we see two headlights come down the lake. As these headlights reach the a...rea near Bentz Island, they disappear, we see taillights and then nothing. Cathy and I jump into our snow gear and boots and then jump onto our 4-wheelers heading for Bentz. When we arrive, we find two guys waving us down. They had safely gotten out of the vehicle while it was sinking, just barely.
These two guys actually complained that there should have been warning signs posted on the road to warn people not to continue.
Big Lake ice has claimed it's newest addition. A 2013 Denali. Please folks, do not trust the west end of the lake unless you have measured the ice along your route. May I suggest that businesses and individuals on the east end, warn people and post notices that the ice is unsafe on this end. It may help. Now 3:14 AM and overdue for bed.
Dan Mayfield brings us up to date on the new snowmachine trails -
For the last month, we have been working with the Borough, HDR, Gage Tree Service and the Railroad to put the final touches on the newly rerouted trails in our area. The Muleshoe Lake reroute has been brushed and marked along with new trail Kiosks. The same has been done on Trails 2 and Trail 16. Excavation work has been completed on Trail 2, 5 and a small portion of 6 to level out dangerous hills created by the reroutes. My final requirements before signing off on the entire... project is that the maps be finalized, Plexiglas be installed on all the kiosks and that I inspect the last portion of excavation work which was just completed. I expect to sign off on Tuesday after my inspection. The new trail system will have 20 more Kiosks than last year and will be posted with GPS coordinates for emergency rescue if needed. In addition, each new trail is extensively marked with signs, markers and carsonites. The resulting new trails will be something on the order of what you would see in the lower 48. I'm looking forward to showing it off.
Attached is a preliminary draft map of the trail system. It is only meant to show some of the changes and does contain some inaccuracies. Other corrections to this map will be completed this week.
The December monthly meeting will include a discussion of the changes and presentation of the revised trail maps.
Big Lake Trails, Inc.
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