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Winter Camping

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Hello,

Happy New Year! I need a some help from you kind folks in the north woods. My buddy and I are wanting to go on our annual(couldn't go last year due to low snow reports) winter camping trip. We usually snowshoe 5-8 miles in and onto a lake to set up camp right on the ice. Can anyone tell me how the ice conditions are currently? We were in Mill Lacs last week and everything is REALLY slushy, even on the small lakes. Any guess on how the ice will be in a few weeks? Also, any suggestions for lakes that carry some good fishing? We will not be carrying in alot of equipment( a few rods, a small hand held auger, and possible a trusty vexilar) and want to make the time on the ice count. Looking for eyes preferably. Any and all help is much appreciated. Thanks again. cool.gif

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Ice conditions are terrible on many lakes.

When will you be going on your trip??

Best to check back about a week before coming up.

The next three days will probably tell the tale of what we can expect for the rest of the season.

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Thanks Great Outdoors for the reply. Our trip is planned for the 24-27 of January. Are the lakes slushy all over? We usually set up camp right off shore. I know that last week by Mill Lacs the slush was patchy. We were able to find some solid ice all the way down. Any thoughts? Thanks again for the help.

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Closer to shore is usually the worst place for slush. mad.gif

We'll give it a check in another ten days, or so, and get back to you. smile.gif

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