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How much snow is on the lake? Is it possible to get off the plowed roads a ways to set up a small wheel house. I know there will be drifts to stay away form but that is not a problem as long as there is not a foot of snow or more on the level.

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icefishermen

you should be ok

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401TE

Any update on off road travel via truck?

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Hoey

Off road travel via truck will be tough.  There is a lot of snow on the ice.  There was light rain a week and a half ago that crusted over.  I am aware of two trucks that have been out there for a couple of weeks, stuck and now buried in drifts.  

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brrrr

i just got back from there, there was plenty of blowing and drifting snow yesterday, the snow level on the ice was constantly changing sometimes there would be a foot before you saw a drift to avoid. .    that being said its probably doable if you really set your mind to it, however i wouldn't get too far from a road unless i was very prepared and panned on plenty of time to get unstuck..  

 

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401TE

Nope, that’s what I needed to know. Need to get the sled ready.  Thanks!

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Hoey
13 hours ago, 401TE said:

Need to get the sled ready.

If that is an option - it is probably the best solution at this time.  

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Bear 55

Hello all heading up next week tues. to fri.  and wondering if off road travel is possible with a pickup or still pretty limited to where one can go? Also if Hoey reads this did they get those trucks rescued?  Thanks in advance for any info.     Stay Safe Good Luck  Bear55

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Deet

We were on the SE side Saturday 3/10. You could drive around with a truck IF:

1. you could get through the snowbank (many locations this was possible)

2. you could navigate around broken ice chunks and ridges (very prevalent). Many areas were clear and smooth for a stretch, then there'd be a long line of busted up ice that you couldn't traverse.

Snow was generally not an issue, aside from drifts. There's snow, but not a whole lot. 

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Dale298

Anyone know if off road travel is possible with an ATV / Side by Sides up in the NW Angel around Flag Island / Oak Island? Thanks

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Bear 55

Thanks for your reply Deet. I am wanting to know about Long Point, Swift Ditch and Warroad areas I know theres a guy that maintains the road at Swift. Being able to get off and get around. Stay Safe  Good Luck   Bear55

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Hoey
On 3/14/2018 at 10:31 AM, Bear 55 said:

did they get those trucks rescued?

Bear - Those trucks were rescued - I do not know when.  Out on Archie's this past weekend, there was a tandem Ice Castle with a truck out there - I do not know if they were out of Dale's or Warroad way.  Just interesting.  

The snow was not even getting sticky these past few days, but it is getting packed down on the trails.  Like stated earlier, the snow does not seem to be an issue, but rough ice can be.  Back in the day, i'd be out there with a truck and maybe ice/snow chains.  

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FlyRodAddiction

Bear- I'll be headed up tomorrow morning with the wife and kids to break in the new fish house. I'll try to post conditions while I'm up there if I have a signal but i'll post for sure on Monday. Anyone been having luck at any certain depth lately?

Semper Fi

Tight Lines!

Jeff-

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Bear 55

Thanks guys, went on the SpringSteel site and the pike guys are getting around with out any issues with trucks. But this report is a week old fish are being caught shallow and deep. Good Luck this weekend and congrats on the new fish house Jeff.   Stay Safe Good Luck    Bear55

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cheapicetrick

You should be golden they were driving pickup to 16 mile this weekend.

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walleyeluv

which is the best way to get to 16 mile with truck?

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cheapicetrick

The shortest in pickup would be to go out of dales of course just have to be careful for pressure ridges.

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