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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

Trail Report

The Houston Loop Trail (trails 1, 3 and 4) were groomed today along with connector trails to trail 6. Trail 5 is in awesome shape.

Trail 6 is a construction zone due to bridge construction. The trail is messed up but not in terrible shape. It is likely to remain in less than optimum shape for the rest of the season due to construction.

There was no new snow this week. The base varies with an average of 36 inches. Temperatures have been ranging from 20 degrees to 37 degrees. Lots of great powder off trail.

 

3-7-19

Dan Mayfield

Big Lake Trails, Inc.

 

 

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!

2-24-19

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

12-3-18

 

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!

11-22-18

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
ICE!

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

11/2/18

Flat Lake Weather

Sunday, 4/21/19.  Happy Easter!🐣Last night brought us a low of 30. Cloudy skies and rain showers are forecast for today. We expect a high in the upper 40s. The low tonight will be around 30. Snow showers are predicted for tomorrow, with a high only reaching the upper 30s. 

 

Flat Lake is still in pretty good shape, but holes have appeared where we were driving onto the lake. The lake surface is slushy in most places, and travel is easier before noon, while things are still firm.  The road is mostly dry, and still good for walking or snowmachining. There are some good sized holes along the berms, especially on the north shore road, so be aware. 

 

Everyone on Flat Lake has pulled their vehicles off the ice, and we're still using snowmachines. 

 

Big Lake and Mud Lake are very messy in spots. Most people, if not all, have quit driving Big Lake and Mud Lake, and an ice fisherman reports large holes that go all the way through on the Big Lake ice road. The south shore campground gate is now locked.

 

We only lost a quarter inch of ice yesterday,  leaving us with 18" of ice in our parking lot, and it's still pretty solid. We augered another hole about 20 yards away, though, and the ice was rotten all the way through. The cold nights have slowed the melting process. Ice has formed on the meltwater each night, and even 50 degree temperatures take a while to melt that.

 

I've been told that Lake Wasilla was out on Wednesday. Big Lake is usually about 2 weeks behind Lake Wasilla.

 

Ice loses strength when temperatures are above freezing. Be aware of rotting ice, especially close to docks and shorelines.

 

 

 

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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.

Views of the ice roads.

Carolyn Haggard 3-21-19

 

A few hole are starting to appear on the roads.

Carolyn Haggard 3-21-19

Click on letter for larger image

It looks like trail grooming could be in danger of losing funds. Read the above letter for more details.

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.

1-30-19

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

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

11-23-18

Several cool shots of Big Lake.

Thanks to Cathy Mayfield

11-22-18

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

Thank you to Shawn Veech.

11/8/18

Very cool fall picture!

Thanks to Carolyn Haggard.

9/30/18

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