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Hi Wayno,
I was just up there on snowmobile sunday, looked like a few spearhouses out about 1/4 mile from the outlet. I didnt see any vehicles parked by any of them and didnt go looking for tracks. I'll be back there tommorow possibly (will see where the sleddin crew wants to ride) and will post update then. There was a angling house on ozawanib lake and he was walking out. Paul

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Paul Rohweller
Pine to Prairie Guide Service
218-962-3387
http://fishingminnesota.com/pinetoprairie

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Sunday we rode out of hoot owl resort to the park, the main trails were pretty good, snow got a little thin in the park. The secondary trails could use a few more inches to cover up the rock studded hilltops :-) Today we road from pinehurst to hoot owl, conditions are about the same. Occasional bare spots in the high traffic areas. Another 6 to 12 inches of snow would be much appreciated. One big bonus was in two 50 to 60 mile trips we saw zero other snowmobilers. Ever had gods country all to yourself? It's nice to stop out in the boonies and hear nothing but wind in the pine trees. If ya like alot of snow then your going to be SOL but if ya need to ride it's a go! Have fun and keep the rubber side down! Paul

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Paul Rohweller
Pine to Prairie Guide Service
218-962-3387
http://fishingminnesota.com/pinetoprairie

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It's funny to hear you talk about Hoot owl resort, we were there on sunday also. We actually spent all week there. Nothing like a bowl of Bill's chili. If you've never stayed at the resort you're missing out, it's definitely in Gods country. The trails could use some snow, but compared to parts of the rest of the state it's nice riding.

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    • Bobberwatcher
      I don't see ice going out til April. Some more 50 degree temps on the way, but still getting near or below freezing most nights and an extended forecast I saw is showing highs around 30 and even some single digit lows at night for the last couple weeks March. Little if any rain too. 
    • Bobberwatcher
      I don't see ice going out til April. Some more 50 degree temps on the way, but still getting near or below freezing most nights and an extended forecast I saw is showing highs around 30 and even some single digit lows at night for the last couple weeks March. Little if any rain too. 
    • CigarGuy
      Looks like there's plenty of ice still in Spring Bay! Kids snowmobile racing.
    • BWpineisland
      My wife is in total agreement with yours. I love the quiet and remoteness, my wife hates the ice travel!
    • SkunkedAgain
      There aren't a lot of cabins in the bay to begin with, a whole other bonus! For the folks on the south side of the bay, it's an access issue as well. People in general are less likely to go in the winter when you don't have road access, because now you introduce ice conditions, snow depth, darkness, cold, and other factors into the trip. While I have always enjoyed those challenges, it is much different to drive up on a Friday night and pull up to your place versus get there at 10pm, unload machines and gear, and go across the lake at night with gear in tow. I love it. My wife hates it. My daughter is in the middle.   Enjoy it up there.
    • smurfy
      yea that ice looks like its about on its last leg!!!!
    • Rick G
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    • Rick G
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    • CigarGuy
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    • chucker1101
      I drove on I-35 over Albert Lea Lake on Jan 5. It wasn't even partially frozen, and it's like 6-8 ft average depth or something like that. Those lakes in Sourthern Minnesota didn't even get 2 months of ice this year.
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