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Some very cool aerial shots of the lake showing the progress of the ice. And no, that's not a road on the right side of picture four. It's a hovercraft trail. (I was getting my hopes up)
Thanks to Shawn Veech for the photos!
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Cool looking clouds in the mornings this week!
Mixed weather on Labor Day weekend. Beautiful Saturday, dry Sunday, and absolutely soggy on Monday.
Pray for snow this year!!
An aerial view of the floating portion of the Craig Johnson remembrance of life.
Greg Gursey 7-9-16
1996 Polaris Jet Ski SLTX
Two out of three cylinders dead
Best offer call John 907 787-9651
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THIEVES ARE ACTIVE! A cabin on Crooked Lake was broken into recently. Be aware of unfamiliar vehicles and unusual activity. We have to watch out for each other.
Tuesday, 1/24/17 Cloudy skies with some snow showers are predicted again for this afternoon and tomorrow. The low this morning was 18, and we expect a high this afternoon in the low 20s. The low tonight is predicted to be in the upper teens, with a high tomorrow making it up to 25. We may see some freezing rain tomorrow night.
Total snowfall for the season is 34". Snow depth is 23".
Flat Lake has been completely frozen over since November 16. The ice roads and driveways have been plowed. Locals are now using full size cars and trucks on the lakes, and Burkeshore is delivering fuel oil. According to an Army Corps of Engineers ice chart, 24" will support 70,000 lbs., assuming it's all good, clear ice, and temps are and have been below freezing. We have 31" of ice thickness in front of our place. Ice thickness on Big Lake in front of Southport was 24" last week.
Please ask your kids and visitors to avoid spinning their tracks in the snow berms. The mound of snow that they throw into the road sets up hard, and creates speed bumps that are hard on the equipment and the drivers when we plow the roads and driveways.
It's worth noting that the ice roads on Big Lake, Mud Lake, Root Beer Lake, and Flat Lake are a volunteer effort, not subsidized in any way by the state, borough, or any grants. If you use the ice roads frequently, and would like to make a contribution to help these volunteers with gas and maintenance on their trucks, I will gladly accept any donations, and see that they are divided up among the the folks who spend a significant amount of their time and equipment establishing and maintaining these roads. Checks can be made payable to Carolyn Haggard, 14949 Big Lake Lodge Rd., Wasilla, AK 99623. If you spend much time plowing the main ice roads, and haven't gotten a share from this unofficial fund in the past, please let me know so that you can be included. Folks who have their own plows are always encouraged to drop their blade on the way in or out if the roads are being cleared.
These ice roads are are multi purpose, and are shared by cars, trucks, 4 wheelers, snowmachines and airplanes. Always give right of way to airplanes, and give them plenty of space.
Always check with locals and use a drill or chainsaw to check ice thickness as you go when venturing onto the unplowed ice, unless someone you trust has checked it first. Ice thickness can vary greatly over relatively short distances.
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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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 $550 per year for a 9 1/2' x 28' covered spot.. - 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:
A new page
has been added to
the site. It's a link
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.
Big Lake Trails is looking for volunteers to assist us on Sunday, January 22nd. There is a big tree and some overgrown brush on the Cow Lake Bypass (on the Iron Dog Trail) that needs to be removed so that we can groom the trail. The more folks, the quicker the work will go.
Please help us take care of your trails so that you can enjoy the wonderful new snow we are having this year. Bring your chainsaws, saws or clippers if you can.
Please email me if you can assist so we can get a head count or if you can't commit right now, just show up at the Flat Lake land bridge at 10 AM Sunday. We need and appreciate your help. Thank you.
Big Lake Trails, Inc
We've had some strange weather lately. Freeze up has pretty much been on hold for the last week or so. Yesterday's temperatures reached 41 degrees, with some rain in the early afternoon, so the little bit of snow we had on the ice has all melted.
The first picture shows that Flat Lake got out the vote on Tuesday. 100% participation! The other 3 photos are complements of Wes Erb, who flew over the area on Wednesday. In order, they show the east end of Big Lake, the west end of Big Lake, and Flat Lake. The shots of Big Lake were taken looking north, the one of Flat Lake was taken looking to the south. The open water at Philpott's Cove and the open area closer to the north shore are connected by an ice ridge/open lead that cuts all the way across the lake. This will be an area of concern for a little bit, as we can expect thin ice there for a while after it freezes over.
We still have a little over 4" of ice at our dock. There is less than that on the east end of Flat Lake. It must be remembered that ice loses strength when temperatures rise above freezing. An area that was fine to walk on when the temperature is in the 20s may not be safe when temps rise into the 30s. An ice skater fell through the ice last Saturday on Big Lake, near the condos on the south shore. He was very fortunate to have been seen and helped by local residents, who got our first responders on scene. The got him out and medivaced by helicopter to the hospital, where he was treated and released.
Carolyn Haggard 11-11-16
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Beautiful sunrise. Thanks to
A beautiful night after a gorgeous day! I'm loving this summer!
We had an interesting visitor Saturday evening. While we were in doing the dishes, this little guy got up on the table and decided to do a bit of wine tasting.It didn't get too far, but it was fun to watch.
Carolyn sent in a couple shots from over the weekend.
Thanks To Larry Taylor
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