Welcome To FlatLake.com!

My wife and I recently returned from a busy, but very enjoyable vacation with our son Conner. Everything was fine until the last day when my laptop was stolen. Unfortunately it had all of the recent files for the FlatLake.com website. So I lost all of the content since last October.

So........things are getting thrown back just a bit.

This is what boiling water looks like when you fling it in sub-zero temps.

Carolyn Haggard - January 2017

Cool looking clouds in the mornings this week!

Carolyn 10-13-16

Mixed weather on Labor Day weekend. Beautiful Saturday, dry Sunday, and absolutely soggy on Monday.

Pray for snow this year!!

9/5/16

An aerial view of the floating portion of the Craig Johnson remembrance of life.

Greg Gursey 7-9-16

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.

Flat Lake Weather

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.

 

Sunday,  2/26/17.  The low this morning is 23, under cloudy skies. Skies are expected to clear this afternoon.  The high should be around 32. The low tonight will be around 20.  Some sunny breaks are in the forecast for tomorrow afternoon, with a high up around 28.

 

Total snowfall for the season is 54".  Snow depth is 26".

 

 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 and Fisher's Fuel are 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 over 31" of ice thickness in front of our place.  Ice thickness on Big Lake in front of Southport was 24" a month ago.

 

 

 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.

 

Carolyn

 

 

 

 

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.

 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!

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:

Dale Haggard

Carolyn Haggard

INPUT NEEDED!

Below is a request from Dan Mayfield for information regarding our road access to Flat Lake. (The Mud Lake / Flat Lake landing.)

 

As many of you know, one of the vitally important missions I am engaged in, is to insure that the Flat Lake Access area be protected for future generations as a transportation access point to your homes and cabins. I consider this important for all of you to have access to your property, public safety, preservation of trails and the free flow of commerce in our community.

 

Currently, the land at the access belongs to Mental Health Trust. The charter for Mental Health Trust demands that they must derive some economic benefit whenever they liquidate land. Let’s just say that it is a slow process working with them. However, I am hopeful that some resolution can be reached to have the Borough purchase the land or trade for the land with the idea of dedicating the property to public use. I have asked the Community Development department to work on a trade for other Borough land and I have asked the Borough Manager to see if we can find the funds in our upcoming budget to appropriate for the purpose of purchasing the land if required. Neither of these options is a certainty but I remain optimistic.

 

I am hoping you can help. I am requesting photos and statistics from anyone and everyone who may have them. I’m interested in knowing how long the access has been in use as an access point, what improvements have been made to the access by residents and when they were made, how many vehicles have fallen in the channel in the last 5 to 10 years, how many rescue missions have occurred and obviously any photos you can share with me so that I can make a visual history of the access. Once I am able to gather some of this information, I would like to engage residents in a petition or letter writing campaign to the Borough Assembly supporting a trade or purchase of the land.

 

Please contact me via email at dan.mayfield@matsugov.us with your photos, history or thoughts in regards to the access.

 

Very Best Regards,

 

Dan Mayfield

Mat-Su Assembly

District 5

Cool shot of a bubble that froze before popping and landed on a snowy tree limb.

Carolyn Haggard - January 2017

IT'S STARTING! Carolyn 10-23-16

Beautiful sunrise. Thanks to

Scott Seely!

9-14-16

A beautiful night after a gorgeous day! I'm loving this summer!

7-16-16

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.

© 2014 Rob Nuss    907 rob@gmail.com