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micbubba

Safest resort roads for vehicle travel

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micbubba

It's my mom's birthday on Saturday and she wanted to spend it with my dad, my wife, and myself fishing out on Mille Lacs with our portables. My dad wants to head out to 8 mile and the boot with his truck and my truck. A friend of ours did pretty good on 8 mile Tuesday night.

We are staying at the casino (Mom loves gambling almost as much as fishing) but I have no problem driving to the West side of the lake to launch either. Anybody have any suggestions of what resorts are the best to drive out from. I've read some reports, and there seems to be a lot of cracks out there, but pretty thick ice. My wife is freaking out about driving on the ice that far out. Or is the fishing gonna stink out on the boot and 8 mile and we should re-strategize. Any help would be appreciated!

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burl

Been fishing out of the west side the last two weeks.Been going out of the casino access.There are some realy strange ice conditions out on the flats.There were a number of people that had driven vehicles out.On seven mile last sunday i drilled holes in some areas it seemed like there was no more than 8 to 10 inches of ice.Check with a ruled skimer.Also there are some strange looking cracks out in some of the areas on the flats and in between.It just my opinion but you would have a hard time getting me to drive anything but an atv or sled out there this year.

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micbubba

Thanks for the report Burl! I never feel comfortable driving a vehicle on Mille Lacs, this year I really feel uneasy.

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Insp Gadget

Just talked to Jay at Wilderness warmth and they opened a road out of cove bay to spirit island today. a couple of cracks that have 15 - 16" ice but most if it is 20".

Good Luck!

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micbubba

That sounds much safer, thanks Gadget!

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Coach1310

Where abouts is Wilderness Warmth???

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Insp Gadget

Wilderness Warmth is about a mile east of 169 on hwy 27. Their storage yard is on the right. There road access is another 1/4 mile east, take a left on what looks like a neighborhood street just before the curve in the road, or about 1/4 mile before the public landing. They have a roads "donation" box there, and they mark there road very well.

They drive dark green f-350 trucks with orange strobs on the roof.

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buckhntr162

I was on the lake all day yesterday we drove out of myr mar we took there road out about 2 1/2 3 miles about 18-20 inches of ice lots of trucks out long way. I'm not a fan of driving on ice period but its along walk with the clams. But we got out and drilled periodic holes before we just started going off the road. Its kinda tuff finding the road because of lack of snow and the wind.Saw alot of fish 25-30 FOW jumbos and eyes but they were not hungry

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micbubba

I'm glad the cold weather has stayed more consistent this past week, should make for more solid ice throughout. Hopefully those perch and eye's will quit looking and start hiting.

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Deep_Sinker

I was out of the Red Door Resort yesterday. They have a brige over the first big crack/heave near shore. I felt safe in my 1/2 ton. I measure 18"+ everywhere I checked. They are driving out to the flats with 3/4 tons pulling huge wheeled shacks.

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micbubba

Thanks for the ice report Sinker. Where exactly is Red Door?

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lindy rig

Red Door is on the far North end. Near the Wealthwood area.

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