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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

Friday, 2/22/19. Roughly a foot of snow fell last weekend, and we got 2" more Wednesday night. Overflow flooded some parts of the roads, mostly along the berms, but there's about a 100' stretch of overflow that's berm to berm between the south shore campground,  and Southport's driveway.  There's overflow off the roads, as well. Most of the overflow on the roads has refrozen, other than that stretch near the south shore campground, which is pretty rough. Other than that, the main ice roads are in good shape. Some driveways had a lot of overflow, and may not be solid.


The low this morning was 7 below. Today's high is expected to reach the mid 20s under partly sunny skies, with a low tonight near zero. Tomorrow is predicted to be partly sunny, with a high in the low 20s.


There's  currently about 2 feet of snow on the ground. 




Roads and driveways are plowed on the lakes, and berms can be very hard to see in flat light. Also, please be courteous,  and avoid spinning your tracks in berms and spraying snow into plowed areas. It creates speed bumps that are hard on the volunteer plow crews and their equipment.


The network of ice roads are multipurpose, and are also used by local pilots as runways and taxiways. Aircraft ALWAYS have the right of way. Please give them lots of space.




The channels between the lakes never have dependably safe ice, and should be avoided.




The ice road (Ice 5) is plowed all the way down Big Lake from the South Shore campground, all the way through to Flat Lake. Many thanks to Dan and Cathy Mayfiield and Vern Monette for making this happen!


Anyone driving cars or trucks off the plowed areas are strongly encouraged to check ice thickness first.


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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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.

(Click on image for larger version)

Big Lake Trails inc. will be hosting the Family Fun Snowmachine Run on February 16th.

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

highthTehe 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.


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