Here's a couple of cool shots of Flat Lake taken from a C-130 flying over at about 2,000 ft. Thanks to Erik Nosich for the pictures.
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Some great Fall shots thanks to
Carolyn Haggard 10/18/19
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.)
Beautiful sunset over the July fourth weekend.
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Carolyn Haggard 5-6-19
Ice road on Flat Lake 3-17-19
Flat Lake side of the landing. 3-17-19
The road across Mud Lake 3-17-19
Seems I have a regular visitor. The path goes from the treeline to the underside of my front deck.
Rob Nuss 2-23-19
Not real sure what happened here, but it's a bumpy stretch of Ice-5. The object on the right berm is a car bumper. Ouch!
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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.
Access to the lake is still very limited.
Open water at the landing on Saturday
The landing is still a mess.
Most of the cracks have frozen over.
Mud Lake from the landing
South Big Lake Road
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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
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Things are freezing up again!
Thanks to Carolyn Haggard for the pictures!
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Still a lot of open water on Big Lake.
Thanks to Cozette Karella for the pictures. 11-17-18
Many thanks to Corey and Brent, of Scenic Builders, for cutting a way around the bad spot on Big Lake's Ice 5. It's on the south side, and has overflow, but it was passable last night. Danny widened the road on Mud Lake to allow traffic around the bad spot on Mud Lake last week, so Westenders are again able to use the ice road from one end to the other.
Tuesday, 3/31/20. Last night's low was 3° above. We expect sunshine today, with a high in the mid 30s°. The low tonight should be in the mid teens, under cloudy skies. Cloudy skies are in the forecast for tomorrow, with a high in the mid 30°s.
Ice thickness in our parking lot, checked 3/22/20, was a little over 37", including probably 4" of white ice.
Spring driving conditions have arrived on the lakes. The surfaces of the main ice roads were softening with the warm afternoons we had last week, but are still mostly in good shape for driving.
There's overflow in places, mostly along the berms, but across the road in some spots. Much of that has refrozen with our colder overnight temperatures. Some side roads and driveways have bad overflow, and are impassable. There's a bad spot, very rough, from berm to berm on the west end of Big Lake, on the main road (ice 5). The main ice road across Mud Lake has one bad section of ruts and overflow all the way across the road, from berm to berm, but it's a short stretch, maybe 15 yards long. It's deep and rough. Danny has cleared a bit of the berm away on the north side of that spot, so it's now possible to get by it.
I know of at least 3 families who have had to abandon their driveways due to deep overflow caused by ice fisherman augering holes in their driveways. Please, fishermen, do not put fishing holes in plowed areas.
Use the overland portages plowed between the lakes. NEVER drive through the channels between the lakes. The ice is almost always unsafe there, regardless of temperatures. Many cars and trucks, and the occasional 4 wheeler, have fallen through the ice in these channels over the years. If you choose to ignore this advice, Happy Hooker towing has experience in retrieving vehicles that have fallen through. Their number is 907-376-9114.
Please note that these ice roads are multi purpose, and are occasionally used by airplanes as runways and taxiways. Please give airplanes lots of room.
And it's a help to the plow crew if snowmachiners try not to kick a bunch of snow in the road when crossing the berms. Please mention this to your kids and visitors.
The establishment and maintenance of the ice roads is a totally volunteer effort, with a number of local residents donating their time and equipment to make road access available for everyone.
If you would like to contribute to this effort, I am happy to accept contributions that will be shared among the folks who do the plowing. People who are regular users of the ice roads typically contribute $100 per year, but any amount is very much appreciated. It's a real help in paying for fuel. We generally get about 4 or 5 mpg when we're plowing.
Checks can be made out to Carolyn Haggard, 14949 Big Lake Lodge Rd., Wasilla, AK 99623.
It's always a good idea to check ice thickness yourself before traveling off plowed areas, as ice thickness can vary from place to place. This is easily done by drawing a ruler on the bar of your chainsaw with a Sharpie. Just watch the marks as you cut down. You'll know right away when you hit water
We use only the thickness of the clear ice when figuring how much of a load we want to put on the ice. White ice has very little strength, and we don't count it towards ice thickness when referring to ice charts, or in deciding when to put vehicles on the ice.
Please remember that ice loses strength when temperatures rise above freezing.
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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.
I recently received the message below from a grateful but concerned Big Lake neighbor.
My dog got caught in a snare right off the shore of Big Lake this weekend. I’m hoping the two gentlemen who helped me get him free and brought us home check this website so I can tell them how very grateful I am! And for whoever set the trap, please don’t. It’s a busy place with lots of kids and pets running around.
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Parts of the lake are starting to ice over.
Carolyn Haggard 11/11/19
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Frosty mornings and brilliant colors! Winter is on it's way. Beautiful when the sun is out.
Flat Lake access
Mud Lake road/canal
Flat Lake road as of 3-21-19
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Views of the ice roads.
Carolyn Haggard 3-21-19
Holes are starting to appear.
A few hole are starting to appear on the roads.
Carolyn Haggard 3-21-19
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It looks like trail grooming could be in danger of losing funds. Read the above letter for more details.
A new hole on Ice-5
This tree shows where the new hole is.
Flat Lake earlier in January
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It looks like there's another hole in Ice-5 one mile from South Shore State Park. Dan Mayfield put this out on the Blg Lake Trails Facebook page. A tree with surveyors tape has been used to mark the spot. The road across Flat Lake good with no issues.
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 high 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
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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
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Several cool shots of Big Lake.
Thanks to Cathy Mayfield
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Some very cool drone shots of the newly formed ice on the lake.
Thank you to Shawn Veech.
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.
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