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guideman

Ice conditions getting worse.

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guideman

Hey Yo,

The road out from McKinley park had to be rerouted Monday because of the slush problem.

We had very windy conditions over the weekend and the road filled up with snow. I'm just glad I took my shack of last Saturday. It was 30 below up here over night, so that may have helped some. We are however expecting highs in the 30's through the weekend and that won't help matters much.

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Cliff Wagenbach

frown Yes, I know!!

Very very hard drifts in all of the roads!

Hope to be able to get my houses plowed out today or tomorrow!

Cliff

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Chode2235

How much ice is under that slush and snow? Am I foolish for thinking I am coming up for some late season ice fishing?

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Cliff Wagenbach

Lots of ice! 26" to 30" in most areas yet and making more every night! 29 below here last night!

Cliff

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Casey Sunsdahl

still some double ice tho, be carefull in the truck.. even though there is shallow enough snow in spots to drive

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JerkinLips

I fished close to the south-east shoreline of Spider Island on Sunday (to stay out of the strong winds with my portable) and had only 16 inches of ice there. Considering the heavy snow that Vermilion has received this winter, I would be cautious by protected shorelines driving a truck.

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Casey Sunsdahl

16 inches is plenty for a truck and really probably not much below average for early feb in a normal winter... i always remember driving out on 12 inches about jan 1-2.. but as always you can never really be sure where there is good ice and bad unless you start checking it

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Mike Stark

where do the roads go to off McKinley park?

thanks,

mike

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Cliff Wagenbach

They go out as far as Birch Island only.

Cliff

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Mike Stark

thanks.

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shnelson

How we looking on ice for this weekend? I'm hoping to head out on saturday but am starting to get discouraged, all the lakes I drove past this morning appear to have a solid 1-2" of water on top frown.

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EYEHUNTER10

or 5-6 inches of whitecaps between whats left of the bigger snowbanks, when you get water swirling around in circles it can really tear the ice apart, especialy under a fishouse with open holes under it. It was terrible getting off the lake last night around 9 pm. It looked nothing like it did at 4 pm when i arrived. It will all freeze up soon but ppl need to get their permys off until then just to be safe i think.

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BEEGONE

Should be able to drive trucks to most places now.....still some double ice out there though, so expect to break through.

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Casey Sunsdahl

I for 1 will wait til things firm up a bit again.. the "truck wash" can wait til march

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BEEGONE

Not saying it is a good idea to drive out, just saying that the snow has receeded enough making truck travel possible in most places.

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walleyefinger

Hey guys. I have a snowmobile trip planned this weekend on Vermillion. I was just wondering how the lake is for riding. sounds alittle wet... Would any of you know how the trails are?

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BEEGONE

The lake is sloppy, but still has snow. Hopefully things firm up a bit with this warm weather passing. Not sure on the trails, they were in really good shape before this rain and warmth. Hopefully conditions are good for your trip!

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guideman

The Taconite trail goes right past my house and it looks pretty bad right now. Lots of water and slush on the trail and a lot of snow has melted in the last couple of days.

"Ace"

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DaveSorensen

Don't be discouraged at least not yet, the weather report shows it cooling down and there is prediction tonight of 1-2 inches of snow this evening. Thursday through Sunday it should cool quite a bit, hopefully enough to freeze that top layer of water on the lakes. I am no meterologist but I'd love to be one, you have a 50% chance of being right almost everytime and you never really get fired for being wrong!

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Cliff Wagenbach

I was on the lake this morning and decided to pull my fishhouses for the season. I drove thru 4" to 6" of water on top of the ice getting to them in the morning! By this afternoon when I pulled my last house off I was driving thru 8" to 1 ft. of water! frown

There was very little snow left on much of Big Bay except for the plowed snow banks. It will be very good going now if this mess ever refreezes!

Cliff

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Tominator692

There was very little snow left on much of Big Bay except for the plowed snow banks. It will be very good going now if this mess ever refreezes!

Cliff

I hope that it doesn't refreeze. Hoping for an early Spring with early ice out. I have had it with Winter!!

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Darrell Larson

10-4, on the, had it with winter. I have had one dang problem after another. Bring on the long sunny days. I just want this white stuff to melt very slowly and not all in one day!!!

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Casey Sunsdahl

i for one hope for some nice glare ice so i can skate up onto trout lake.. lots of trout/crappie fishing left.. doesn't anyone fish in march??

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arrowheadhunter

March can be a great month for fishing... not every year but its worth a try. We'll see you up there.

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ElyIslander

Any new reports on travel conditions? Specifically the road out of Stuntz Bay. I'm trying to get to the north side of Ely Island Saturday. I went up on New Years day and couldn't get to my place, too much slush. I went up mid-January and was able to get there by snowmobile, snow was still too deep for the truck. I'd like to drive cross-ice this weekend, but will haul the sled if necessary. Maybe too wet for either? Any help is appreciated. I have a five hour drive to get to the lake, and don't want do it if I can't make the last mile and have to turn around and go home.

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