Snowmobile Trail Reports

March 30, 2016

Although we held out hope that we might receive enough snow, and cold, for a late March ride it just didn’t happen. I guess it’s time to throw the towel in on this snowmobile season. But we’d like to send out a big thank you to all who came and enjoyed our beautiful area and we’d like to invite you back again to experience our phenomenal summers.  If you’ve only seen our area in winter it’s hard to imagine just how beautiful and lush it becomes in the summer. Imagine our beautiful blue lake in the summer, sparkling under a warm sun – boating, fishing, kayaking, water skiing, tubing, canoeing, swimming – it’s all here on Lake Gogebic. An uncrowded, unspoiled bit of nature. And when you’re done on the lake there’re miles of trails to hike, dozens of waterfalls to experience and many more sites to explore. Off road riding has increased in popularity and with it an increased effort to put together a trail system comparable to the best. You won’t be disappointed! It’s an amazing way to get out into our million acre Ottawa National Forest and enjoy yourself.

So, once again, thank you for visiting our beautiful area and we look forward to seeing you all back up here again soon.

March 19, 2016

Our trails have been closed for the season, even tho we did get a few inches of snow this week.  There is just too much water due to all the wet weather and warm weather we had earlier.

From all of us here at Lake Gogebic, thank you for coming up to enjoy our beautiful area over this very short winter season.  We will post any measurable amounts of snowfall as well as freezing temps over the remainder of this month for riding on the unplowed roads.

We invite you to up this summer to enjoy the great ORV trails we have.  The Lake Gogebic area is a great place to visit during the summer months also.  We have a great visitors guide, the Gogebic Times, that includes many of the places to see and things to do.  You can find it on our website or have one sent to you!

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.   For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

March 4th, 2016

Trails are in great shape with the groomers out on all trails each day this week. Today looks to be the last day with daytime temps low enough to daytime groom but nighttime temps should be cold enough through Saturday for grooming overnight. This will most likely be your last chance for some good riding this season so head on up for one more weekend. The forecast over the next 2 weeks shows daytime temps into the 40’s each day and only about 1 nighttime temp below freezing. You never know though – we could still get a blizzard between now and the end of March sometime, but I’d say it’s pretty certain that we’ll be done grooming after this weekend, if the forecast is correct. Keep checking back through the month and I’ll keep you posted if anything changes. The trails are officially open until March 31st so don’t completely count us out just yet. After all, we’ve had a snow storm that brought us about 2 feet of snow for Mother’s Day one year

VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam.

They may still be trucking logs out over a portion of Trail 102 and 13 South, so continue to watch out for logging trucks and always give them the right of way for your safety and for the privilege of riding on the logging company’s property.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!

Feb 29th, 2016

About 6-inches of new snow over Sunday night and much colder temperatures mean we have been grooming since early Sunday morning. We should be back to 3 working groomers again by this afternoon. The forecast through this week, with nighttime temps down as low as below zero mean trail conditions should be greatly improved. It’s looking more and more like this may be the last week and upcoming weekend for snowmobiling this season with highs next week running into the 40’s and even 50 with rain showers. So head on up for one more ride of the season this week. I will keep an eye on our local weather forecast for you and keep you posted as to any changes.

VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam.

They may still be trucking logs out over a portion of Trail 102 and 13 South, so continue to watch out for logging trucks and always give them the right of way for your safety and for the privilege of riding on the logging company’s property.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!

February 28th, 2016

Wow – we made it through a very warm weekend with a LOT of traffic. Local temps were recorded at 51 degrees! On the 27th of February!!! Trails are not in good condition due to these factors. And, we’re down a groomer again. I seriously think we’ve been jinxed this year. The good news is at least it is colder now and has been snowing since this morning with more snow in the forecast through tomorrow. We are grooming, but it is a battle at this point with a lot of damage done to the trails over this last weekend. The temps look good through this next week until – yes, you guessed it – the weekend. We should be able to get through at least one more weekend of snowmobiling but beyond that, unless the forecast changes, it doesn’t look good. We’ll be watching the weather closely for you and will let you know as we go how it looks.

VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam.

They may still be trucking logs out over a portion of Trail 102 and 13 South, so continue to watch out for logging trucks and always give them the right of way for your safety and for the privilege of riding on the logging company’s property.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!

February 26th, 2016

GREAT NEWS – We now have 3 groomers operating once again!!! Although the temperature is a bit high for grooming we are heading out where we can (the areas that will see the least amount of sun) and the expected temps for tonight and tomorrow night look cold enough for overnight grooming. The high for Saturday is still going to be way too warm for daytime grooming (44 at last count). Sunday is calling for a cold down with snow expected to bring upwards of approx. 6-inches over Sunday and Monday. Most of next week looks good temperature wise and even into next weekend. However, this next 10 days may be your last chance to do some riding as the long term forecast is calling for a warm up into the second week of March. Guess we’ll have to wait and see – who knows? Maybe we’ll get one of those Alberta Clippers we love to get. Overall trail conditions will run about fair – warm weather coupled with the mechanical problems haven’t helped too much.

VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam.

They may still be trucking logs out over a portion of Trail 102 and 13 South, so continue to watch out for logging trucks and always give them the right of way for your safety and for the privilege of riding on the logging company’s property.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!

February 25, 2016

We just can’t seem to break this winter’s pattern of cooler temps during midweek followed by a warm up for the weekend. This upcoming weekend’s forecast is calling for temps to rise into the 30’s on Friday and mid 40’s on Saturday – this is beyond frustrating for all!  If you can push your trip to the beginning of next week conditions should be improved as temps are expected to drop beginning Sunday thru to mid week with additional snowfall. The good news is we are getting snow right now, I even heard the words “lake effect” thrown out there, which could mean some measurable amounts. If the forecast comes true for this weekend we should be able to groom Friday night and hopefully Saturday night, if temps drop below freezing. However, grooming during the daytime will not be possible as this will do more harm than good to the trails.

VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam.

They may still be trucking logs out over a portion of Trail 102, so continue to watch out for logging trucks and always give them the right of way for your safety and for the privilege of riding on the logging company’s property. Also, continue to watch for logging traffic on a portion of Trail 13 south.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip

February 21, 2016

The groomers are back out again with temperatures dropping down enough to allow for grooming, however the trails will still be in pretty rough shape until we can get some additional snow as we saw a lot of melting and refreezing over this last weekend. Temps look to run a little warm again mid week but this is predicted to drop again by Thursday with much colder night temps later in the week. Looks like conditions should be good for this last weekend in February. Hopefully we’ll hang on all the way through March for lots more snowmobiling!

VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam.

They may still be trucking logs out over a portion of Trail 102, so continue to watch out for logging trucks and always give them the right of way for your safety and for the privilege of riding on the logging company’s property.

The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Please keep in mind that the logging companies have granted us easement to run our trails on their property so we have to respect the signing and stay out of their way or risk losing the easement. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!

February 19, 2016

Unfortunately, the forecast is coming true and we are experiencing some much warmer than normal temps this weekend. We will not be able to groom during the daytime hours with temps over 30 degrees. That includes Friday night if the temps stay as high as predicted. Rain is in the forecast for Friday; however this is expected to be followed by snow showers on Saturday. Sunday should bring a change back to the 20’s (sure – after the weekend riding is over). At this time we have plenty of snow for riding however the conditions will not be the best this weekend with temps running so high and grooming not possible under these conditions.

VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam.

No problems to report on any trails at this time, however continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety… The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Please keep in mind that the logging companies have granted us easement to run our trails on their property so we have to respect the signing and stay out of their way or risk losing the easement. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip

February 16, 2016

After a very busy holiday weekend with heavy traffic the trails are back in nice condition with all three groomers running.  We have lots of snow, which is a good thing since the forecast is calling for some very unseasonably warm temperatures for this weekend – with a chance of rain! Yikes!! However, the local forecaster says the Western U.P. may be spared this warm front. If that’s the case the precipitation will be lots of snow…cross your fingers, again. What a crazy winter for sure! I’ll keep you updated as conditions change throughout the week.

VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYONE THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam.

No problems to report on any trails at this time, however continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety… The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Please keep in mind that the logging companies have granted us easement to run our trails on their property so we have to respect the signing and stay out of their way or risk losing the easement. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!

 

February 12, 2016  (evening)

Predictions have come true and we’ve got what’s stacking up to be some of the best conditions of the winter on our trails. Some very cold temps, lots of snow (and more on the way) and groomers running around the clock, day and night. We’ve added another 6 – 8 inches of new snow over the last 24 hours with lots of blowing snow – visibility is not good, please use caution.

WE ARE CURRENTLY UNDER A LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY FOR ONTONAGON COUNTY. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO GUST UP TO 40 MPH TODAY… HIGHEST NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR. LEADING TO INCREASED BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES TO ONE HALF MILE OR LESS. WIND CHILL READINGS WILL CONTINUE TO BE AS LOW AS 25 BELOW ZERO THROUGH TONIGHT.  WIND CHILL VALUES TO 25 BELOW ZERO CAN LEAD TO FROST BITE ON EXPOSED SKIN IN AS LITTLE AS 15 MINUTES.

Be sure to practice safety measures when heading out. Always try to keep your tank topped off, especially heading out on one of our longer trails, dress in layers, cover any exposed skin to protect against frostbite and it’s always a good idea to head out with a buddy or a the very least let someone know your planned route.

Do expect some pretty heavy traffic this holiday weekend as quite a few of you have a 3 day weekend. Please use extra caution out on the trails as a lot of the sledders will be families with younger riders. Always ride to the right, single file – especially on corners to avoid accidents as well as reducing speed.

VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam.

No problems to report on any trails at this time, however continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety… The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Please keep in mind that the logging companies have granted us easement to run our trails on their property so we have to respect the signing and stay out of their way or risk losing the easement. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!

February 12, 2016 – (morning)

Predictions have come true and we’ve got what’s stacking up to be some of the best conditions of the winter on our trails. Some very cold temps, lots of snow (and more on the way) and groomers running around the clock, day and night. Do expect some pretty heavy traffic this holiday weekend as quite a few of you have a 3 day weekend. Please use extra caution out on the trails as a lot of the sledders will be families with younger riders. Always ride to the right, single file – especially on corners to avoid accidents as well as reducing speed.

We’re expecting some very cold nighttime temps so be sure to practice some safety measures when heading out. Always try to keep your tank topped off, especially heading out on one of our longer trails, dress in layers, cover any exposed skin to protect against frostbite and it’s always a good idea to head out with a buddy or a the very least let someone know your planned route.

VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam.

No problems to report on any trails at this time, however continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety… The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Please keep in mind that the logging companies have granted us easement to run our trails on their property so we have to respect the signing and stay out of their way or risk losing the easement. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

Please keep in mind……… The way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sleds on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good ride able condition. We appreciate the help you can give.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!
*I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out.

MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS

The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles.  The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit.  A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00.

Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR.

Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles.

For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.

 

February 9, 2016

Our area has received around 12+ inches of snow over the last day and a half with a possible 6+ inches additional snow expected through today. We are currently under a lake effect snow warning with blowing snow causing difficult driving conditions. So please reduce speeds and use caution as visibility may be diminished.  All three groomers are currently out grooming on all 150+ miles of our trail system and with the next 4 days expected to only top out in the single digits the trails should really hold a groom well.

No problems to report on any trails at this time, however continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety… The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Please keep in mind that the logging companies have granted us easement to run our trails on their property so we have to respect the signing and stay out of their way or risk losing the easement. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!

 February 8, 2016

Another busy record weekend with temps reaching into the 30’s didn’t do our trails any favors – however, this next week is looking like a dream for great trail conditions! Snow showers in the forecast for the next 5 days with a possible significant snowfall on Tuesday over our higher elevation area at the north end of Lake Gogebic and areas north of Lake Gogebic. Temps will be dropping all the way down into the single digits for highs this week and below zero for nighttime temps. These are the conditions we’ve been waiting for – these will all add up to great trail conditions this week and most importantly this busy holiday weekend coming up.

We have all three groomers going on all trails and there shouldn’t be a bad trail out there by Tuesday or Wednesday with the change in weather conditions. We received another 4 – 6 inches of new over last night on top of several inches from the night before and it’s still snowing as I’m writing this. I think we’re in a weather pattern where we’ll probably see constant snow over much of this week.

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety… Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic as well.

I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sleds on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good ride able condition. We appreciate the help you can give.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!

*I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out.

MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS

 

The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles.  The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit.  A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00.

Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR.

Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles.

For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.

February 6, 2016

Once again we’re experiencing warmer than normal temps on a weekend – honestly, what’s going on here?  Weather predictions are looking excellent for the next 2 weeks beginning Monday. MUCH colder, and more like it, temps – highs in the teens and lows as low as below zero numbers! YES!!! This will create terrific grooming conditions. Plus, there are predictions for snow every day except 2 days over the next 14 days. How great will that be for Presidents weekend?! Right now we have our 3 groomers running mostly in late afternoon/evening/early morning runs with this Saturday & Sunday temps too high to allow for daytime grooming. But, come this next week when we get the arctic blast they’re predicting our groomer drivers should be able to be out day and night.

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety… Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic as well.

Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!

February 3, 2016

About a foot of new snow since yesterday and it’s still coming down! Groomers are out now, be watchful as blowing snow may make visibility an issue.

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety… Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic as well.

All trail conditions will improve with this newest snowfall and there is more almost every day over this next week. The important news is the temps expected to drop into the single digits tonight and teens through the next few days. This will really help freeze the trails up after grooming to keep them in really good shape longer.

I know some of you would like to hear me say that this trail or that trail were just groomed or are in good condition or in bad condition – but I just won’t do that. It would be a useless thing to write as conditions can change too quickly. By the time you read this and headed over to a trail reported to of just been groomed 200 sleds or more could have ridden across it and tore it up. I will say this though, we groomed upwards of 300 hours just last week alone. And for those complaining that they don’t see groomers out at night, it just may mean that the groomers just weren’t where you were. We have over 150 miles of trails to groom and only 3 groomers to get it done. It’s a process and we are all doing the best we can.

I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sleds on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good ride able condition. We appreciate the help you can give.

All that said, we look forward to another busy Super bowl weekend here at Lake Gogebic and hope you have a great trip visiting our area.  Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

*I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out.

MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS
The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles.  The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit.  A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00.

Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR.

Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles.

For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.

February 2, 2016

We’ve just been given permission by the DNR to double groom trails 8 West, 8 East and 1 North each day – which actually amounts to 4 grooms as each time we run these trails it’s a “there and back” groom, which we’ll get to do twice a day when temps and time allow. Remember that we have approx. 150 miles of trails to groom and if we only have temps that allow us to groom at night and the groomers only travel at about 4 miles an hour….well, you do the math. Just remember that we’re doing the best we can with what Mother Nature has given us this year.

Ridiculously warm temperatures over this last weekend didn’t do us any favors for trail conditions. Luckily we did get all that snow last week so almost all of our trails still have snow cover. Grooming cannot be done if temperatures are above 30 degrees, period. I’m not going to go into all the details of why and what damage it would do to the trails but trust me it wouldn’t be helpful to the trails. Ideally we would like to see temps in the teens for highs and into the minus temps for lows to really make the trails hold up a groom, but that’s just not happening this year (thanks a lot el Niño).  We are in line for snow from Tuesday afternoon thru Thursday – no one ever seem to know exactly how much we’ll get due to the higher elevation in our area, but there is a possibility of upwards of 10-inches over the span of a few days. Temp highs should be in the low 20’s (not bad) and lows in the teens for the remainder of this week.

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety… Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. And now we have some logging to report on south of the Root Celler on Trail 13 South. Until we do get some new snowfall, there is a stretch of about 2 miles that will be pretty bare. As on Trail 102, please watch for logging trucks and always give them the right of way. Due to last weekend’s warm temps you will most likely find some bare areas on our southern most trails (1 South coming up from Presque Isle, WI to the lake, 13 South coming up from Trail 2 and 100. We’re sorry, but there is nothing that can be done about this until more snow falls in this area.

I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sled on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good ride able condition. We appreciate the help you can give.

Wish I had better news for you all, but please know that we are all working as hard as we can to get the trails in good condition – we just can’t make snow or cold temps, and that’s all this boils down to.  That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

January 28th, 2016

Total snow accumulations since Tuesday night are almost up to 2-feet now, however, predictions for this weekend are calling for highs to top 36 on “Saturday and 34 on Sunday. IF we get these temperatures the trails will be wet and will not hold a good groom and grooming will only be done over the nighttime hours.  Forecasts are calling for additional snow thru Friday night with decent temps so maybe it will all hold together to get us thru this warm weekend. Next week looks much more promising with high temps dropping into the teens by mid week.

I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sled on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good rideable condition. We appreciate the help you can give.

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

 

January 26th, 2016

Groomers were pulled in overnight to have new radios installed through the 911 fund to help out in case of any emergencies on the trails. Whether that be for our drivers or snowmobilers. So, yes, this means they haven’t been grooming since last evening but this is only a small break in our grooming schedule and it’s for a very smart cause. They should be back out by this afternoon. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, but please bare with us.

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC

January 25th, 2016

Snowfall report: 3-inches expected tonight, 3-inches tomorrow and 3-inches the next day with more snow Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Temperatures look pretty good until Saturday & Sunday (of course) with temps rising up to the low 30’s. Trails are looking very “sugary” right now with the recent temps in the high 20’s. Some bare conditions as you head to the south end of the lake and south of the lake so grooming may be suspended in these areas until more snowfall. Grooming is mostly being done during late afternoon/overnight hours right now so your best ride will be early in the day.

Next week looks a lot more like a normal winter with temps dropping into the teens for highs and single digits for lows. This will go a long way to helping the trails hold a groom – so cross those fingers!

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

*I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out.

MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS
The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles.  The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit.  A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00.

Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR.

Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles.

For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.

January 24, 2016

Well, the temperatures rose a little too much and we’ve been slammed with a lot of traffic, both of which are going to impact the quality of the trails right now. However, we are out grooming over all trails continuously but due to the high volume of sleds expect conditions to run from fair to good. Cooler temps and more snow are in the forecast through the week with a possibility of a return to unseasonably warm temps next weekend…we hope the predictions are wrong.

Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

*I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out.

MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS

The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles.  The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit.  A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00.

Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR.

Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles.

For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling

January 19th, 2016

Wow – what a blustery white out we had last night!  Another 5-inches or so of new snow, kind of hard to tell how much exactly as it was really blowing. Very cold, again, last night, which really helped firm up our trails. A snowmobiler just reported to us that Trail 8 west is “beautiful”, the wet area has frozen up and the trail is in great shape now.

More snow is in the forecast periodically throughout the week. Temps will start rising from the subzero numbers we had over the weekend to the teens and then low 20’s thru the week.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

*I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out.

MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS
The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles.  The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit.  A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00.

Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR.

Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles.

For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.

January 18th, 2016

Another 6 to 8-inches of snow over Sunday afternoon to Monday morning with some pretty brutal temperatures! But, good news for the trails – we need the severe cold and the snow to keep freezing those wet spots. Traffic was very heavy this last holiday weekend but the groomers are out on all trails with drags attached working hard to get the trails in shape. Temps will be warming into the low 20’s for most of the week but lows look to remain mostly in the teens, giving us some excellent riding weather! We have more snow in the forecast throughout the week with the most snow falling over the higher terrain areas from the north end of Lake Gogebic and into the hills north of the lake.

More snow in the forecast for tonight into tomorrow morning with additional snowfall throughout the week periodically. Temps will start rising from the subzero numbers we had over the weekend to the teens and then low 20’s thru the week.

We are still working to fill a wet area on 8 west near the county line and a wet spot on trail 1 south.  We advise against riding along the highway to avoid the wet area on 8 west as many sleds have been doing. This poses a safety hazard to sleds and cars and you may be ticked by law enforcement.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

this next week with varying amounts reported; one report has amounts totaling up to around 20-inches, another report says about 24-inches from the 11th to the 15th. A lot will depend on location as the higher terrain of the western U.P. (especially the north end of Lake Gogebic and the hills to the north of the lake) usually sees the most snowfall when Lake Superior lake effect snow sets in. All good news – if it happens the way it’s supposed to, and so far this winter the weather has been pretty unpredictable. Again, cross your fingers! Groomers are out panning the trails where they can run without doing damage to the already wet areas. I will let you know as soon as grooming with drags on is possible.

With many of the trails in poor condition at this point you might like to look to the “un-plowed Forest Service roads” for some riding. You may have to trailer to them but you may also save yourself some wet rides to get to them otherwise. Check in at the Ironwood, Watersmeet or Ontonagon Forest Service building to get more info on where you can legally ride.

I will keep you posted with any updates on the weather and on the trails.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

 

 

December 26, 2015

Since Christmas Eve we’ve received about 5 – 6 inches of new snow and, most importantly, temperatures are back to where they should be. Looks like highs in the 20’s and lows in the teens to as low as 10 degrees predicted for tomorrow night. Groomers have begun running the trails to “pank” the snow down and to make sure this recent heavy snow didn’t bring down anymore branches onto the trails. As soon as we receive enough snow they’ll be out on the trails with the drags attached. Please be advised to go slow on the trails as there isn’t a lot of snow down yet and there will most likely be some wet areas out there. Remember, ice has just started freezing well over this last week.

That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop.  For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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