The ice on Little Bay de Noc has frozen all the way to Portage Pt. The upper bay north of Gladstone is good to go for quads and snowmobiles and hopefully south of Gladstone will be good to go soon too. Just remember to stay away from the shipping channels south of the mouth of Escanaba River. Getting out this weekend....can't wait!
At least 10 to 12 inches north of Gladstone. 8 to 10 south of Gladstone to the shove ice. 6 to 8 south to Escanaba. Very little snow on the ice. They are still shipping ore into Escanaba, Freighters and icebreakers are keeping the shipping channel open. Watch the wind.
At least 15 to 18 inches north of Gladstone. They started driving trucks south of Gladstone last weekend as far south as the Terrace access. Been good and cold since then. 12 inches+ as far south as the Escanaba River, now.
With the warm temps and rain last night, the ice is very sloppy right now. I went to move my shack tonight south of Gladstone. All but the bigger drifts have been knocked down. There was 3 to 4 inches of water and slush on top of the ice I didn't get an exact measurement, but I know it was just over the top of where my boots were not waterproof! You can get around with a quad, but you'll need to go dead slow if you don't want to get drenched on the way out. No problem with a truck (no salt on the undercarriage, now!) Wind is supposed to switch to the North Wednesday. Hopefully that'll draw enough water off the ice before the cold weather sets in again. Now would be a good time to put your shack up on blocks before everything refreezes at the end of the week.
No reports on the conditions on the upper bay, but it's safe to assume it's the same up there.
I did get one report that the access between the ore docks and Vinette's is in pretty bad shape because of the small creek that empties out right there.
Brevort lake Is PERFECT right now. The rain cleared all the snow off and the lake is like an ice rink right now, safe to drive a truck all over the lake. Was a walleye tournament out there on the 14th and 15th and a 7.5 pounder won it. I didnt get to do much fishing in it beacuse i came down with strep throat Saturday afternoon. lucky me.
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