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Gus

Driving trucks on Shagawa?

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Gus

I'm heading up for the first time this season for the new year. Just wondering if I will be able to drive my truck across the lake yet? I've heard mixed reports of slush, any info on that?

Thanks!

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Harv

I was for myself there was a vehicle on Sandy Point this weekend. I don't know how much ice is out there but there were 12 houses and I saw 1 vehicle on Thursday and 1 on Friday out there.

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Leaky

I saw the same thing. Had good intentions of fishing out of one of those houses, but couldn't hooked up with the owner. Got up Sunday morning in Ely to -20. Got to the Cities, it was 22 at 3:00 pm. Only in Minnesota can you have a 42 degree swing in less than 8 hours and 250 miles.

Should be just fine by next weekend. Sorry, but can't comment on the slush situation, I didn't go out on the ice. Just drove up to the landing by the Grand Ely Lodge, on the way to pay a visit to my pal, Bob the Bartender.

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chunkytrout

In short, yes they're driving on the lake. Would I? No. Around New years, depends on the swing of the weather. We're just starting to make real drivable ice. Now they're saying 20's or 30's this weekend with snow. Iffy I guess. I'll stick to snowmachine for now.

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Moose

I was out on Sun 12/26 about 12" of ice and lots of traffic not much going on for fishing. The slush was mainly froze up with the cold weather but could easily come back with snow and warm temps.

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JustinG

I would NOT drive out on Shagawa right now. There is slush everywhere. Also, I was out fishing today on only 8 inches of ice. I was really surprised at this since it has been so cold here. There is no fish worth dumping a vehicle in the drink.

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Justin

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