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Just returned from a trip to the Ash River area for a weekend snowmobile trip. We lodged at Ashkanam Resort and found their hospitality great! Saturday evening in the lodge they had karoke which was a blast, many singers and good laughs even had the local pub dog howling with a Karoke master!

As far as the riding some trails where good and others where pounded by the volume of traffic (Presidents Day long weekend). Day 1 (Saturday) we went from Ash River to Crane Lake via the Arrowhead Trail Link (rough) from there down to Buyck then over to Orr and returned to Ash River via Arrowhead and Arrowhead Link (some of this portion was ok while parts were very rough, lots of exposed rock on trails which sounds terrible when hitting, very scenic) we met alot of others on the trails. Day 2 (Sunday) we took off from Ash River to Kettle Falls the first portion of the ride on the lake was good, once we reached the Kettle Falls trail which has a fair amount of portages we found the ground trails very rough, upon arriving at the falls we where rewarded with some great scenery! From Kettle Falls we took the Rainy Lake trail to Black Bay which is just outside of International Falls, the ride was terrible no grooming and thousands of rock hard drifts for 28 miles the ladies were not happy! The group then took a short break at a local pub for a beer and drummies and shared some laughs about our bumps along the way. We rode back to Ash on the Voyageur Trail which had been groomed and was a welcomed smooth ride after the prior leg. Day 3 (Monday morning) we took the Voyageur Trail from Ash through Namakan to Crane Lake the ride was great, it was a smooth ride with fresh snow, beautiful scenery and minimal traffic.

Overall the group enjoyed the visit to Ash River area and plans a return next year. The scenery is exceptional, the resort we which we stayed was very nice, the local snowmobile clubs did their best to work with what mother nature has provided they could use some more snow, area resorts and pubs we visited were accomodating making the decision to return next year easy. We may try to schedule a different weekend to avoid the extra holiday travel or possibly a mid-week trip.

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lureman,

Sorry I didn't see your e-mail before I went to the river Saturday. My ex-sis-n-law and her husband run the karaoke at Ash Ka Nam - we were there to hear my niece Cali sing. We loved Scralett the dog too! She's a hoot!

Yeah, the riding got a little tuff, from what I hear. We wanted some warm temps but 33 on Saturday was too warm - 24 on Sunday was too warm too! And lots and lots of traffic - not a good mix.

I am glad you had a good time despite some ruff conditions and very happy you'll be back to the area. Pick most any other weekend (but if you can do mid-week - THAT'S THE BEST!) and you'll be fine. It's now 4 below and the trails are really set up!

Hang on to those sleds in the Hallock ditches - and maybe I'll see ya next year! Oh, don't forget about us for fishing and scenery the rest of the year...this is a beautiful place in any season!

LET IT SNOW

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    • IceHawk
      First off welcome to the site ! Fish that area quite often and have seen some good flocks around there.  I would get out and do some glassing in the area , especially around some picked corn fields. Right now they are wintered up but will break  apart once spring gets closer. Maybe hit up a local bait store and ask around if anyone knows of a spot. Or look at the landowners list that received permits in that area. They legally have to grant permission to hunt there land but unfortunately a lot of landowners will tell you they are full even if there not  Good luck in your search. 
    • Bisonguy
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    • AlwaysFishing23
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    • Wanderer
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    • JFitz
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    • Alex wilhelmi
      awesome feedback! thank you so much for the info! Ill get up ther next year, i dont want to keep any i just want to catch some nice eyes and northern.....hell, whatever! ive been in a sleeper 5 times on LOW and we only had one real good trip. upper red lake once in a sleeper caught 3 eyes in 3 days. i dont mind if i catch one or two fish, its all about the experience for me on the big water. but the girlfriend is a hard one to convince at times for a return trip if the fishing is slow. were headed to fairbault this weekend, i hope we get into something. thanks again guys! ill post a report on our trip. good luck on the ice!
    • IceHawk
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      Pat, July is my best time for walleyes in the weeds! I did not cast spinner baits but did pull spinners with 1/2 crawler right along the edges in about 3' to 4' deep water. We were so close to the boat with our lines that we could see our spinners and actually see the walleyes charge out of the weeds and grab our baits! FUN!! Now, thanks to the rustys, those cabbage weed beds are gone. Cliff
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