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HunterWinfield

Lake Access By Vehicle

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HunterWinfield

We are getting a lot of calls on lake access.

Ice in Isle Bay is good. Roads open to 1/2 ton or less and are plowed 2 miles.

For those venturing out by snowmobile or ATV, there is a lot of slush and at least one sled was stuck today for quite some time today. We recommend using plowed roads for travel.

If anyone else knows of accesses open for traffic yet, please post it here as well...thanks!~

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Mike Dumas

I'll be heading up to Mille lacs this next weekend, thanks for the heads up! Ill be heading out of wahkon bay tho smile

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