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Nice aerial shots of Big Lake taken Monday by Wes Erb. Burston Island and Hulen Point with some open water showing.



Here are some shots from over the weekend. The ice has a lot of new cracks in it, but seems to be healing nicely.

Rob Nuss 12-3-18

Things are freezing up again!

Thanks to Carolyn Haggard for the pictures!


Still a lot of open water on Big Lake.

Thanks to Cozette Karella for the pictures. 11-17-18

This chart is a general reference only. Weights of people and vehicles vary so this information is not guaranteed!  Check the ice for yourself and don't proceed if you are unsure! (Click on image for larger version.)

Ice Thickness Chart

Sounds like ice is building in parts of the lake. More pictures in the recent photos section of the weather report.

Photos thanks to Carolyn Haggard


Very cool fall picture!

Thanks to Carolyn Haggard.


Flat Lake Weather

Sunday,  12/16/18. An additional 4.5" of snow fell Friday, giving us a total of 9.5" this week. That's on top of a few inches of icy crust from earlier snowfalls. More snow is predicted for today and tonight. 


The low last night was 14. We expect cloudy skies, with snow showers today, maybe adding 1" to 3". The high should be around 20. Snow is forecast to continue tonight, with another 1" to 3" possible. The low will be in the upper teens. Cloudy skies are in store for tomorrow, with a few snow showers in the morning, and a high near 20. 



There is 2" of grey ice on top of clear ice on the lakes.  The ice was fractured by the earthquake, but has settled down and we are traveling on it on Flat Lake without any problems.  I measured almost a foot of ice in front of our cabin last Sunday.


Access on and off the lake has been impacted by a reoccurring pressure ridge, as well as water from the channel flooding that area. The earthquake may have made it a little worse. We're getting on and off the lake on the south side of the channel. Full sized pick up trucks started driving on and off there yesterday.


Jake plowed the ice road on Flat Lake this week. Locals will notice a slightly different layout of the road this year. It was designed by Wes, to allow us to plow the road more efficiently.




The east end of Big Lake has been frozen over for several weeks, and at least one ice road has been plowed. The west end of Big Lake froze over last, and is not as thick.  Dan and Cathy Mayfield checked ice thickness yesterday along the usual route of the ice road between burnt Point and the Mud Lake channel, and found between 6.5" and 9.5" of ice. There is still an area of open water between Burston Island and Hulen Point. 


White or grey ice has little strength. Only the thickness of the clear ice should be counted when deciding if there is enough ice to support your load.


Ice loses strength when temperatures are above freezing. Add 50% in thickness to whatever you would normally consider safe when it's warm.







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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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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!

Boat storage is $600 per year for a 9 1/2' x 28' covered spot.. - Dale and Carolyn Haggard Call 907-892-7797 or 907-232-9683

We can also put a skookum top on as well as glass in your boat:

Dale Haggard

Carolyn Haggard

Aurora Forcast

Thanks To Larry Taylor


A new page

has been added to

the site. It's a link

on the"Memories"

page entitled"Camp"Tukuskoya"  The page focuses on the early days of the camp, but there's a lot to see in the backgrounds of the images as well. Accompanying the images is a first hand recollection from one of the early campers.

If you have old pictures of the lake and would like to send them to me, I'd be happy to put together another page.

The start of an ice road! Many thanks to the group of volunteers that are clearing the snow off to let the ice get thicker.

Please remember the road fund. The plowing group spends a lot of time, money, and wear and tear to create the roads that we all use.

Thanks to Aron Alleva 12-14-18

The pressure ridge is continuing to cause problems at the channel. Turk cut it up again, but there’s water from the channel flooding that area. Warming temps aren't going to help.

Carolyn Haggard 11-25-18

The west end of Big Lake is finally freezing over, at least for now.

It's still too thin to venture out very far to measure so you definitely want to stay off or at least be very careful!

Thanks to Cathy Mayfield


Several cool shots of Big Lake.

Thanks to Cathy Mayfield


Some very cool drone shots of the newly formed ice on the lake.

Thank you to Shawn Veech.


As a friendly reminder, the launch at Flat Lake is not a wintertime storage lot as the property is owned by the MSB as a right-of-way drive only.  Many boat skiffs have been pulled up into the launch area for apparent storage, which is not permitted, and a large debris pile of old decking needs to be removed asap by the owner or by the contractor who dumped it on their behalf in September.  If anyone knows who owns these boat skiffs or the large decking debris pile, please contact them and let them know their trespass property must be removed.

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