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Big Tom

Whipholt - Huddles

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Big Tom

Can anyone share an ice update and lake travel conditions for this area?

Thanks

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AverageFisherman

We went out of the Whipholt landing on 1/2. We had snowmobiles and tried a 4-wheeler, but the 4-wheeler kept getting stuck. Lots of snow. No problem with slush. There was a road that came out from Huddles (I assume) and went to Olson's Reef. Otherwise I didn't see any other roads. Snowmobiles are the way to go, but maybe you can pay at Huddles to use their road if needed?

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Big Tom

The guy who called me from Huddle's on the 10th referred me to the Leech Lake Chamber of Commerce and said they had nothing for a day road pass user.

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Quickstrike

There is a road out if trappers landing that leads to olson reef. Full size pickups may be okay in some spots off the road, but wheelers are still a no go. Very little to no slush on the main lake and snowmobile travel is very easy. Could not believe the lack of people out in this area all weekend, except for a couple occupied sleepers it felt like we had the lake to ourselves.

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9joey1

Any updates out of Whipholt area for ice conditions?

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