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Outstanding  fireworks and tons of great hockey at the 2018 Last Frontier Pond Hockey Classic!

Excellent show!

Everybody knows that you're supposed to do regular maintenance to your Toyostove. A check-up every other season or so. I've always known that, but it never seemed to make it to the front burner. Always something else to address or get to. It's also been easy to ignore because the Toyo is so reliable, that you just don't think much about it. You go over, adjust the temperature and walk away.

Turns out, that's a bad idea. The heat went out recently and things got real cold, real quick. I pulled off the front cover and it didn't take long to find the probable culprit. The igniter wires were brown and the connection was hanging on by a thread.

A special thanks to John Ohmann, The Toyo Doctor for meeting me in the  evening to sell me a replacement part. The fix took half an hour and the Toyo was back up and running.

A lesson learned. I will be paying more attention in the future.


Rob Nuss 2-20-18

Thin Ice In Spots! These spots were found in a couple spots on the lake. Measure before you go! Carolyn Haggard 12-10-17

It looks like thing are pretty sloppy on Big Lake. Here are some shots looking across the lake from Ben Kleinenberg.


Ben Kleinenberg 12-4-17

I just cut this plug of ice under some unbroken snow, in the area that we usually keep plowed for our parking lot on Flat Lake. This area froze over the last week of October. In spite of lots of many subzero nights since then, there is only 5 3/4” of clear ice under 2” of white ice. A good illustration of the insulating properties of a blanket of snow.


Carolyn Haggard 12-1-17

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!

Big Lake looking north from Long Island. These were taken from the deck of Ben's neighbor, Jay Frawner.


Ben Kleinenberg 11-10-17

Jake and Carolyn checking the ice. It looks like it's getting there. But be sure to check for yourself!


Carolyn Haggard 11-9-17

More pictures on the Flat Lake Weather recent photos page.


Carolyn Haggard 11-3-17

Getting Colder! Photos by Carolyn Haggard 10-20-17

Ribbon Cutting

At The Landing

Come be a part of the final step!

Nice shots of the ice going out!

Tyler Ouelette


Flat Lake Weather

Friday,  4/20/18. The low last night was 28.  Clouds and showers are in the forecast for today, with a high of 50. Tonight's low is expected to be atound 30. Tomorrrow will bring  cloudy skies and light rain, with the high only reaching the upper 50s.


Be careful on the lakes. It's still mostly solid, but Dennis fell through a rotten spot about 30' out from the launch ramp while standing on the road on Sunday.


Ice thickness in our parking lot is 26", as of 4/19/18. We have observed in the past, an average loss of 1" of ice per day during the last 2 weeks of April.  When May begins, we'll expect to see about 2" of ice melt per day.


This season's snowfall amounted to 65.5".   South facing slopes are mostly bare, but the snow is still close to a foot deep in shaded areas.


We have been using a snowmachine with no problems, but the lake surface is soft and punchy in the afternoon. Some soft spots are 24" deep with slush, according to Dennis. It's easy to get a wheeler stuck in that kind of stuff.


We pulled our truck off the ice for the season on Wednesday, 4/12/18.


Coming onto Flat Lake at the channel, there are some wet ruts. There are several blow holes that go all the way through on the Flat Lake roads.  One, in front of our place in the loop that goes around the islands, is close to 3’ across, more than big enough to drop a wheel in.  I have marked it with a buoy.  Blow holes have iced over and are not easily visible unless you are going very slowly, and are looking for them.






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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!

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Carolyn Haggard

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.

The crack on the road to the north shore. I hope this heals soon....

Carolyn Haggard - March 2017


Beautiful shot of the icicles hanging from the roof.

Bob Shem March 2017

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


Carolyn sent in a couple shots from over the weekend.

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

Pray for snow this year!!


Looks like an early breakup this year! Things are starting to get a bit dicey on some of the roads and driveways. The landing is in good shape, but it doesn't take long to get to the slush. There are two holes all the way through the ice on the road to the northwest shore. Greg Gursey put a buoy in one of them and, last I heard, was trying to mark the other. Kind of a nasty surprise. Hopefully it will get colder and dry things up some.

Beautiful shot across Flat Lake at the sun peeking over the trees. Thanks to Carolyn Haggard for the picture!


It's getting there, but there is still thin ice in spots and overflow off the plowed road. Be careful!

Photos by Carolyn Haggard 11-30-17

A nice sunset view of the forming ice from the top of the north ridge.


Bob Wigen 11-8-17

Fresh Ice and a Sunset Ride Carolyn and Shannon check the ice at the Big Lake channel. Carolyn Haggard 10-22-17

What a beautiful weekend! Lots of much deserved sunshine. But with a sign of things to come, my deck had a hint of frost on Sunday morning.

Summer has arrived on Flat Lake!  Other than the remains of some snow berms that are still stuck to some north facing shorelines, the ice is gone from Flat Lake and Mud Lake.  Big Lake is still mostly covered in ice, but we're seeing some areas starting to open up, especially on the east end.


The first photo was taken on Monday.  Jake was out breaking ice in his skiff.  He wasn't alone; there were several "Westenders" out there, and we managed to make it all the way to the islands from the channel, but the ice was still pretty tough.


The aerial photo was taken by Craig Taylor on Wednesday morning.  Amazing how much open water developed in two days.


As you can see from the next mirror image pic, our cove was ice-free last night.


There was still a good sized area of floating ice visible this morning in the east end of Flat Lake, but it was all gone by later this afternoon.


The last two pics are of Big Lake, and were taken early this evening from South Big Lake Rd.  The first is the Starboard Cove area.  Big areas of open water were starting develop. The last photo is the area near Marshall Point.  Still pretty much solid, but with temperatures warming into the 60s, and the breezy weather, it won't take long now!

Carolyn Haggard


Getting close!

Carolyn Haggard 5-9-17

The latest shots of the ice conditions.

Carolyn Haggard  4-27-17

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!


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.

Images of Flat Lake and Red Shirt Lake.

Ed Ruebling


The ice roads are starting to get a bit wet and slushy. There's still plenty of ice, at least for now.


Rob Nuss 4-2-17

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

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

Greg Gursey 7-9-16

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