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North Arm Ice Conditions - Driveable?

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Fellow FMers:

Anyone have any current ice conditions on the north arm of Rainy? I am looking at driving from 5 mile dock to north of woodchuck island. Any info is greatly appreciated!

Jeff

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I know you can drive anywhere in Northwest Bay, Crowrock, and parts of Redgut. I know a guy that drove his truck from the causeway up to northwest bay this weekend. However I am not sure about the ice conditions on that route. I am sure they are probably good, but maybe one of our canadian connections will know more.

Take Care and Good Luck Fishing!!

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Tearin Lips:

Thanks for the update. I would be hesitant at any time of year to go to Northwest bay around Turkey Island. That spot worries me! Hopefully, everything works out this weekend for one last ice trip.

Thanks again!

Jeff

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I saw one guy get towed out from uder the Causeway a few weeks ago. Snow was very deep at landing and even worse under Causeway (where he got stuck) due to drifting. Before that it was good driving out from there. I was there on the March 20 and it still looked like only snowmobiles were using that access. The little island on the Causeway has had a plowed road for several weeks for gravel trucks. It went up to or near Woodchuck.

I did see one gravel truck on that road or what is left of it on March 21. All the snow has just about vanished so no need for a road anymore. When we quit fishing Wednesday night, there was a foot of water at the island landing and about 1-2 inches everwhere else on the lake.

Still plenty of ice as we logged about 20 miles in trucks but my biggest concern is water running down the holes and enlarging them. Not the best feeling to be coming in at night and plowing water all the way. You cannot see a bad spot very well in the dark. During the day any holes sucking water should look like somebody has flushed a toilet with lots of swirling and usually scum or foam on top.

I haven't been out for two days so maybe the water on top has all drained off by now but I am not going to drive my truck out any more this year.

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I drove out to the National Park today. In the 50s. Ice road closed at the Park but a few guys still driving trucks out from other access points.

Ramp on the river in town is wide open. Concrete ramp ends at water line so you do have to back down into sand and gravel to launch. Guys in boat said the ice on river starts about 10 miles downstream. They got a few small walleyes.

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Thanks for the Pictures, they give me a good idea what I may expect on the river when I come up on Thursday. (Open water). John

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