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muskieswen

Can a person take a snowmobile up the river from black bay into Black Lake? Is the ice safe with the amount of current that the river has?

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Lazy Mike

Yes it can be done, but just take it easy and watch for soft or open spots. Usually you can drive around any questionable areas. Another way would be to enter from Raps Road or County 24 so you would not need to worry about the river. These alternative routes are bumpy and rough since they don't get groomed. Are you planning on fishing? Never seen anyone ice fishing in there but I hear there are notherns with an occasional walleye?

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muskieswen

Thanks Mike,

Yes I will be fishing in there.

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thedeadsea

There will always be bad ice in some areas on Black crick. Just keep the power up and be ready.

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muskieswen

Deadsea,

I figured you would chime in on this one. I am going to be at the cabin next week for a few days before I start my new job. Figured I would do some Ice fishing being there is no snow for snowmobiling.

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thedeadsea

We may try some walleye and crappie fishing around this area also next weekend, you are welcome to join us.

Steve

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Sorgy

I was up just before New Years and tried the run up Black Creek. The beginning stretch from Black Bay and up to the first big bend was very slushy-- I turned around as soon as we started toward the next bend. Most of the tracks seemed to do the same.

Be careful as the slush left some nice ridges and will be frozen hard by now. I don't know about the river ice it self.

There was not much snow - but the Arrowhead trail was groomed and decent- not great but ok. Made the trip into Cook 2 times on sleds going past the Landing and down the Arrowhead.

I will be up next weekend helping drywall a relatives new place on the end of Raps Road. Hopefully we can get the sleds out for a quick ride then.

Good Luck

Later

Steve

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SkunkedAgain

Over New Years I watched a ton of sleds going in and out of the creek. The nice thing about all of the bends in the creek are that if you keep the throttle pinched, you'll just skip over bad spots and back onto land/snow, and then back over slush/water, back onto land/snow, etc.

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muskieswen

DeadSea,

Thanks for the invite but I am stuck at home sick with the crud. Go figure. Maybe next time.

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thedeadsea

DeadSea,

Thanks for the invite but I am stuck at home sick with the crud. Go figure. Maybe next time.

I hear ya. Today was my first day out since new years eve. Bad stuff going around this year.

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