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12/8/13 Driving through the channels
Mud Lake to Flat Lake Channel and Portage Road. Cars are not
supposed to drive through the channels. The water is flowing so the
ice is thin there.
Donations to the Big Lake Ice Road Fund (just
$100 for the whole winter!) for Flat Lake, Mud Lake, and Big Lake
can be mailed to:
Boat Storage and
Big Lake Lodge Road
Dale and Carolyn Haggard 892-7797 (Mud / Flat Lakes)
Burkshore Marina 892-6300
George Woodbury 892-6504 cell # 841-8283
Tim McGhan 892-6446
12/1/13 Big Lake Trails Ice Road Report
The South Shore Campground gate is now open (has
been open for the last three hours) and traffic is moving along the
lake. We also plowed the campground.
The access point between Big Lake and Mud
Lake is a little rough. Please take it slow and easy when entering
and moving through the access. Joe Burnham had been working in the
area this summer with the good intent to make this access much
smoother but in the midst of that work, we had all that darn rain.
As a result, the access was made to be nearly impassable. Just last
night, Joe worked in the area again and has made the area much
smoother. It is usable but not yet smooth. More work will be done to
smooth out the area over the next week. If you take it slow and pay
attention to the slope of the trail, it is passable. Thanks Joe for
getting this area knocked down.
Big Lake Trails,Inc.
11/30/13 Burkshore Ice Road Report (from
TUNDRABEN, who also notes that he will report when he hears about
Huelens to Burnt point):
the south side of Long Island today. Did a few driveways.
put in a connecting road from the North campground straight to Ice
5, and roughed in ice 5 east to the marina. Not real wide, but in
and safe. drove my 8500# plow truck out there and it was fine. Needs
to be widened , and hopefully someone else will work on it too and I
will when I get back to the lake. Ran out of time today before I had
to get home for a dinner gathering.
to let you know.
Also Mike Feeney
and Dennis Bash drove full size trucks from the call to Hulin point
cabins today with no issues.
Burkeshore Marina LLC
11/29/12 Burkshore Ice Road Report
For those of you who access Big Lake Ice roads from Burkeshore. The
sudden freeze up has grabbed our concrete launch ramp and pushed it
up in a 16" high concrete ridge. We have piles snow over the
concrete hump, staked it and relocated the ice road approach to the
left of the normal spot next to our launch ramp. If you try to drive
over or through the pile of snow, you will not like the feel or
11/23/13 Thanks to Angie Stephl of Wrights Island
for sorting out the following ICE HOUSE rules:
Matanuska Susitna Borough Code 17.59 ( G)
(G) Ice houses.
(1) Registration. Prior to locating an ice house on the frozen
water of the lakes designated below, the ice house must be
registered with the borough; pertinent registration information must
be prominently displayed on the exterior of the ice house structure:
(a) Big Lake;
(b) Lake Five;
(c) Little Question Lake;
(d) Question Lake;
(e) Unnamed lake located within T25N, R4W, Section 30, S.M., AK
between Question Lake and the Talkeetna Spur Road;
(f) Unnamed lake located within T25N, R4W, Section 31, S.M., AK
between Question Lake and the Talkeetna Spur Road;
(g) Diamond Lake;
(h) Little Lonely Lake.
(a) Registered ice houses shall not be located closer than 75 feet
from the high water mark of the lake;
(b) Registered ice houses shall not be located closer than 30 feet
in any direction from another ice house.
(3) Sanitation. During any time period a registered ice
house is being used and public toilets are not available, the ice
house shall be equipped with a portable toilet or other device to
capture human waste. Human waste shall be removed from the ice house
and deposited in a private or public sewage system or composting
(4) Removal of ice house. The owner of the registered ice
house shall remove the ice house, together with its contents and
debris, before the ice loses its ability to support equipment to
move the ice house out of water.
11/16/13 Mike Kangas Big Lake Ice Report
Drilled a few holes out front on Saturday and found
anywhere from 2" - 7" of ice. Ominous black spots in front
on Burkeshore and beyond that were only 2" thick. I'm sure
there's areas thinner throughout. the 10 day forecast is Clear and
Cold and if holds true, we should have some solid lakes to start the
winter on. (See below)
11/16/13 Julie's Flat Lake Ice Report
Weather: Clear blue skies with no wind. Beautiful day.
Ice thickness at Erb docks: 7" with glare surface (no
Forecast: cold weather for at least the next week
We walked out to the car yesterday and went to Anchorage for the
day. About 6pm we walked home across the lake.
Nothing to date has made me feel the power of nature: a large snap
went right under us as we were mid-lake, but Wes assures me the ice
won't give. Afterwards we laid out on the ice and listened to
the creeks, groans, howls under the full moon. All night we could
hear the ice as it makes its way to frozen.
Merriman cabin at sunrise
(Big sideways trails pdfs from Mat-Su Borough)
9/22/13 Big Lake Rail Alternatives Routes Map
Big Lake Community Impact Assessment (CIA) Documents (large
pdf) with detailed maps for each route.
Boat Storage and Repair
units now available for rent at Haggard Storage. The units are 10' x 10', with concrete floors and interior sheetrock
walls. Heated units are $85 per month, unheated are $55 per
month. Units are available under a 6 month minimum
contract. Rent one for a year, and take 10% off! (We'll
post a photo when the vehicles waiting for the ice road to go in are
not blocking the view!) - Dale and Carolyn Haggard Call 907-892-7797 or
We can also put a
skookum top on
as well as glass in your boat: