Please remember the good

people who keep the roads to our

cabins open! Without them it

would be a long walk!

Donations to the Big Lake Ice Road Fund (just $100 for the whole winter!) for Flat Lake, Mud Lake, and Big Lake can be mailed to:

Carolyn Haggard

14949 Big Lake Lodge Road

Wasilla, AK 99623

Aaron from Big Lake put together an awesome video of himself and friends ice skating on the lake. Very nicely done, and best viewed in full screen.

Looks like a great way to spend an afternoon!


Click HERE to view

The first of the season!

Remember to check the ice!

Over by Loon point, he was heading towards North shore campground? He was lucky there was a road nearby and towed it out the next morning.

TundraBen  11-9-14

Trail Update from Dan



No grooming was done this week due to the fact that we have had no new snow, unseasonably warm temperatures and continuing work to remediate stumps on the new trails. The remediation work is nearly complete and has dramatically improved the surface of the trails. Big Lake area trails are a little rough with only a few inches of compacted snow. Temperatures have been in flux between 11 degrees and 39 degrees this week.


Come out to Big Lake this weekend to enjoy the restart of the Iron Dog on Sunday. Watch for them on the trails. While your out here, look for the new maps and kiosks on the trail.


Have a great weekend,


Dan Mayfield

Big Lake Trails, Inc.




Attached is a preliminary draft map of the trail system. It is only meant to show some of the changes and does contain some inaccuracies.


Drafts of the new trail maps can be viewed here, and here. Please remember that these are preliminary.


Tundraben sent out some interesting shots from around Long Island. Click here to see.


The trail cleaning event was a success!


A large group of volunteers met at the East end of Flat Lake Saturday morning and promptly  headed out. We cleaned/brushed trail six all the way out to the Big Swamp.

We had a couple minor mishaps along the way, but that just made it a bit more interesting.





Security is a big concern for all of us on the lakes and surrounding area, whether you're a weekender or a full-time resident.

A new, all Alaskan company is debuting a product which might be of great interest to many of us.

SimpleSensor has more information Here.

Erin Borowski sent in a link to a video that her son Ian and his friend Connor Zietlow made while having some fun on the ice a couple weeks ago.

From a safety standpoint, I'm not sure I'd recommend this, but the guys seem to be enjoying it.  12-4-14

Took place last Saturday! Here's a few shots of the shenanigans that went on!

Thanks to Bob Shem and Carolyn Haggard for the photos.

ICE-5 Saturday morning.

Pretty rough. 3-14-15

Swans on Fish Creek

Flat Lake road

Carolyn Haggard  4-3-15


Thanks to Carolyn Haggard,

Scott & Rachael Seely, and TundraBen. 4-29-15

TundraBen sent some shots of the east end of Big Lake.


Cathy Mayfield shares some

beautiful shots.

(Click image to enlarge)

Jake, Craig, Wes, Calvin and Jaye have been hard at it, and their work is displayed in a great photo of Flat Lake, taken from the air by Wes.  It was taken looking down the lake to the east towards Mud Lake and Big Lake.


Here's a couple of interesting views of the lake. The one above was  taken Saturday May 2nd, and the one below was shot today,  I think. Quite a difference. I talked to Tom Vitt at Burkeshore and he said he thought you could probably drive a boat from there to Flat Lake. It looks like that's happening. Looks like an early Summer!

Thanks to Bob Shem for the photos.


Hey Rob,

Here's a photo of the 4 wheeler that fell through the ice yesterday afternoon.  It came out without too much trouble, with the help of some Flat Lakers.

On scene would be Larry Merriman, Craig Johnson, and Turk Kincaid. With some assistance from Kenny and Kristen Smith, who encountered the unfortunate driver right after the incident, and made sure he was OK, in addition to getting him hooked up with some Flat Lakers who were willing to lend a hand.

Carolyn Haggard   1-3-15



Big Lake Truck Recovery




Hi Rob,

Here are some pictures of the truck recovery from Big Lake this afternoon.  As you may recall, a couple guys were fortunate to escape from a 2013 Denali pick up when it broke through the ice and sank in 22' of water early last month.  The crew who retrieved it today cut a truck-sized hole in the ice with a chain saw.  The ice was about 18" thick.  They had a diver attach 2 cables to the back of the truck near the bumper.  They were strung through a couple pulleys on the top of a steel tripod, and attached to the winch lines of 2 big pick ups.  Once the Denali was pulled to the surface, and the rear axle was exposed, 2 more lines from a third truck with winch and a portable winch were attached to the axle, and a couple big wooden poles were pushed into the water under the truck.  The truck was eased out onto the ice on the poles.  The whole operation went pretty smoothly, but took several hours.  There was a pretty good crowd there to watch.


Carolyn Haggard



A small cosmetics bag was found on the ice on Flat Lake. If you lost one, or know who did, please e-mail me with a description so that it can be returned.


Here's a photo of the Big Lake ice road, taken this evening.  There's standing water pretty much all the way, several inches deep in places.  No hole or ruts, though.  Flat Lake and Mud Lake are drier.  We're going to drive around West Susitna Pkwy and South Big Lake Road for the next few days.  It's supposed to get colder, and it would be nice to let the road freeze back up without tearing up the fresh ice.

Carolyn 2-23-15



The current temperature at Big Lake is 38 degrees. Two days of rain and warm temperatures have caused Ice 5 to be covered with 3" - 5" of water. This makes for sloppy and slippery travel on the lake. The faster you travel in these conditions, the more likely your engine may get flooded with water and stall. Just urging some caution.

Dan Mayfield 2-23-15



I would like to add, go slow, It will effect your electrical system, if your heaters draws down you're going too fast.

The roads on this side are not any better but if we had more snow things would be a lot worse.

Tundraben 2-23-15





Hi folks,

I wanted to advise you of a quickly deteriorating condition at the Mud Lake access point. For those of you that don't know it by that name, this is where Ice 5 goes across land at the Mud Lake Channel.


The access is excessively muddy at this point. Traffic has caused mud to be pulled over to both the East & West ramps and that, in turn, has caused the ice to begin melting at those locations. Water is anywhere from 4" to 1 foot depending on the time of day. I'm concerned that continued use in these conditions could result in either someone going through the ice at the landings or someone being stuck in the mud of the access.


At this point in time, I am advising everyone who uses this access not to do so. Alternative road access is available along Purinton Parkway to Flat Lake. If you chose to use the access, do so at your own risk.


Dan Mayfield


Mud Lake access is closed as of today 4-1-15.

What a difference a day makes!  Flat Lake and Mud Lake are wet and slushy, and rutted on the channel approaches.  Big Lake has enough standing water on it that it's quicker to drive around on South Big Lake Road, and avoid it entirely.  Let's hope the predicted cold weather gets here, but be ready for rutted and rough ice roads when it does.

Carolyn 3-8-15

WINTER 2014 - 2015

Craig breaks through a thickening skim of ice after dropping Jake off at his dock.

Bob Ackles'  Waverunner captain. Ready to go!

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