Thanks Cliff! I've been very closely monitoring Pike Bay the last few weeks I'm not far from you as the crow flies right on the bay. Still sitting at 4-5 inches of ALL refroze slush. No good ice. It's flooding over pretty good with 1-3 inches water with the couple inches snow still on top. Hopefully the cold penetrates that snow and gets things going so I can run the sled right up the bay to McKinley by next weekend.
The ice on the small pond on the west side of the road heading into SJU was able to hold my weight (which is substantial, alas). I didn't have a chisel, and I wasn't about to go any further out. Still, very good sign. I'm sure there'll be guys out by the end of the weekend, if not sooner.