Snowmobile Trail Reports

 

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Groomers are back out on the trail and have reported that there is plenty of snow on the trails and that yesterday’s warm up did not have a real negative impact on trails.   Had a dusting of snow last night and it does appear that we are in for 8+ inches of snow starting on Monday!   Temps will remain cold.

Casey sent  photos (on Facebook) of when he was grooming early today and he said that all groomers will be out tonight.

  • Access corridor 1/8 is in good to excellent condition
  • Trail 1 N is in excellent condition
  • Trail 102 also in good to excellent condition.
  • Trail 13 N  – Good in the a.m. – rough in the afternoon.
  • Trail 8 East – fair to good to Ewen; after that it is in pretty rough shape.
  • 13 S.  to 100 all groomed this morning and in excellent shape
  • Trail 1 to Presque Isle was also groomed early this morning – excellent.
  • Trail 1 from Marenisco to West Shore will be groomed tonight and should be in excellent shape.

The weekend is here and it’s once again – very busy.    Riders are being ticketed on M28.      Please remember that there is no snowmobile travel on M28 as well as the railroad grade along the North Shore of Lake Gogebic.     If it’s not a trail – don’t ride there 😊.

This is Mary Beth at the Walleye Lodge wishing everyone a really great weekend!.     Don’t forget that the Snowburst Festival is at the Porcupine Mountains next weekend and you can find more information on their Facebook page!

 

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Woke up to about an inch of snow this morning.   It’s a brisk, bluebird day today with cold temps and no wind – a great day to ride!   John Dee’s forecast is calling for things to be fairly quiet for the next 2-3 days, with a sharp warming of temps into Wednesday.  Cooler temperatures with the possibility of some light snows is forecasted to arrive by Thursday, and there’s 8+” in the forecast for Feb 16-21.

Gogebic Area Groomers are out on our trails daily.  Our heavy weekend traffic makes continuous grooming somewhat of a challenge but trails are back in shape after the weekend (or they will be after tonight).   We’ll see how the predicted mid-week warmup impacts our grooming schedule so check back with us for updated posts this week.  Spoke with Casey from the Lake Gogebic Motel, who, in his spare time with his brother Jesse, are out grooming trails.    Casey will be out riding and scoping out trail conditions this afternoon and he’ll be grooming 102 tonight, so watch for some posts from him 😊.     Chicago Dave is down in Marenisco and reported in that he’s groomed 13S south yesterday and said that right now trails are looking good to excellent.     Just know that are groomers are doing everything they can to ensure that they are grooming and maintaining our trails in a careful manner so that we can have good riding for the next several weeks.   Please do your part to help out.     Our guests had nothing but good comments about our trails this weekend – and even Tommy J. (one of our biggest critics) had commented that are trails were like “table tops”.

Trail Conditions as reported on Monday, February 12

  • Trail 1N to White Pine: Good condition
  • Trail 8 East:  Good condition.
  • Trail 8 West just groomed and in excellent condition.
  • Trail 102:   Bit choppy right now, but Casey will be grooming tonight and I’m sure we’ll see some footage 😊.
  • Trails 13S from Root Cellar to Trail 2 in excellent condition.
  • Trail 1:  top half was groomed yesterday, Trail 1S from the West Shore Resort to Presque Isle – being groomed today.   Good to excellent condition.
  • Trail 100 at the South end of Lake Gogebic has been groomed from Trail 13 to the Slate River.

That’s all I got for now – be sure to check back as we’ll be updating our reports and you can also keep with our groomers at https://www.groomertracker.com/ .     Call or email us your photos and comments at Email .       Don’t even think of putting those sleds away – we’ve got a lot of riding yet this season!

 

 

 

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018

Just got off the phone with our Groomer Boss, Rick, who was busy servicing one of the groomers at the time of my call.   Since he was busy, he cut to the chase and said that all trails are in excellent condition – at least for the moment.    Groomers are out daily – during the evenings – grooming almost every trail at least once a day.     Lots of snow on the trails and our continued cold temps are helping to keep the snow in place.     Watch out for icy corners and icy entrance/exits to corners.  We had guests in who rode from here to Copper Harbor and back yesterday and they said “It was some of the best sledding of their life”.
Another rider had this to report about our trails:   “Took trail 1 from Fishtales to marenisco- no moguls last excellent- took 2 west towards Wakefield . No moguls excellent- took 11s towards Wisconsin no moguls excellent. Trail 2 to 8 excellent. Trail 8 west towards Bergland a little bumpy but very rideable until I got on GAG’s portion of 8 it was excellent. Light traffic all the way. Excellent trails and a gorgeous day- regards- Tom

There’s going to be a lot of traffic up here this weekend – so best to hit it early.     Gogebic Lodge is hosting the Moonshine Riders Radar Run which starts at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday.     We’ll see you down there!

 

Feb 1, 2018

Woke up to snow today on the North end – about 3” and its’ still snowing!   South end of Lake Gogebic also received a couple inches which will help out in thin areas.      Forecast for weekend and next week looks to be cold (teens & single digits) with more snow coming in on Sunday and 8-12” forecasted for next week.

Yesterday one of our loyal reporters, Kent McDonough, went out on the trails with Rick Hissom (GAG Groomer Boss) and Greg Turnowski from the DNR.   They were checking out signage and the South end of Trail 13.    The DNR has given approval for us to reopen Trail 100 to East Shore Road which puts snowmobilers within a 1/4 mi of Lake Gogebic.  Groomers are out on it right now and it is in good shape  (4.5 mi from trail 13 to East Shore Rd).

Trail Conditions:

  • Trail 13:  Good to very good.
  • Trail 100 is open and has been groomed from Trail 13 to the East Shore Rd.   From there you can follow left to Slate River/ Lake Gogebic and if you make a right you can run East Shore Road.   Received some snow and hopefully that will cover bare spots in the roads.
  • Trail 1 to Presque is in fair condition and recently groomed.     Not much base and about ½ down dirt is showing.    Trail 1 and 13 are being groomed frequently as we have stationed one of our groomers in Marenisco!
  • Trail 1 N/Corridor 8:   groomed and in very good condition.
  • Trail 102 in good to very good condition.
  • Trail 8 East has been groomed;
  • 8 West was partially groomed today – in decent shape.   Will resume groomed 8 W once blowing snow subsides.

There will be a lot of traffic out there on the trails this weekend.    Be careful.   Watch out for icy corners.       Right now, we have a lot of blowing snow and some white out snow conditions – use caution and good judgement.   There are a lot of families and kids around – not everyone is a seasoned rider!

 

Gogebic Lodge is planning for the radar run on February 10th.     There is a stretch of about a mile that has been plowed for this event.    WATCH FOR BERMS!

 

That’s it for now – this is Mary Beth from the Walleye Lodge where we are wishing you a powder-filled weekend!!!    Please don’t hesitate to post your comments or photos and you can always shoot me an email at Email

 

January 30, 2018

  • Temps for today and tomorrow will be in the teens and twenties but Thursday – Sunday our temps will be in the single digits and below zero at night.
  • We’ve received over 120” inches of snow this year on the North Shore or Lake Gogebic; 2” in the last 24 hours.   Snow is in the forecast today and Friday and John Dee’s forecast calls for 12”-24” Feb 4-8.

Trail Update:

  • All trails have been freshly groomed, conditions are good to very good with the exception of 1 South and 13 South.
  • Top end of 1 is closed due to logging and there are signs for re-routes.   Best to travel the lake south and exit at Fishtales or Gogebic Lodge to pick up Trail 1 South.
  • Keep in Mind that you can’t cross the 100.
  • Trail 13S to the Root Cellar is good.   South end is thin and some bare, rocky spots.
    Trail 102 this am groomed overnight and very good up to South Boundary road and to Lake Superior and Silver City.
  • Corridor trail (1&8) in very good condition.
  • Trail 13 gets a ton of traffic and is best earlier in the day.

PLEASE STAY ON TRAILS. WE HAVE BEEN GETTING COMPLAINTS THAT SOME HAVE NOT BEEN STAYING ON TRAILS, RIDING ON UNMARKED TRAILS CAN LOSE EASEMENT FOR OUR TRAIL SYSTEM SO PLEASE STAY ON TRAILS!!!!!!

Looking for some seasonal work – Gogebic Area Groomers needs your help!!!    Great hourly rate!   We could use some help!!!!   Please contact via email if interested:  Email or 906-575-3557.   Thanks!

 

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018

Forecast Overview:

Weather has been quiet since we received approx. 8” of snow earlier this week.  Above average temps forecasted for Friday, but then dropping off after Saturday.  Snow is the forecast for Sunday, Tuesday and much of the following weekend.   Moderate temps for earlier part of next week – then single digits and below forecasted beginning around the 1st of Feb.

Trail Report:

We are in for another busy weekend.    The earlier you ride – the better the trails will be.

  • Corridor trail (1&8) North of Bergland was groomed overnight as was Trail 1 North and Trail 8 West all reported as excellent.
  • Trail 102 also groomed during the night – reported to be very good.
  • Trail 13N was groomed yesterday but starting to get a little rough due to traffic.
  • Trail 13S from Root Cellar to trail 2:  recent 6” plus snowfall built up base on south half of trail 13 – no rocks – has been groomed.
  • Trail 1 from Marenisco to Lake Gogebic- also just groomed.  Beware on lake Gogebic in front of Gogebic Lodge they are now plowing a 1 mile strip for 1000 foot radar run Feb 10 – WATCH for BERMS!

Groomers are doing their best – please be safe – obey signage – stay to the right.

This is Mary Beth from the Walleye Lodge – where we are preparing for another busy, busy weekend of outdoor activity!!!   Have a great and safe weekend!

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2018

Lake Gogebic trails are being groomed daily and reporting to be in good condition with exception of 13 South and 1 South which need more snow.   We’ve got a storm coming with Forecast amounts at this time for 6-16” overnight ut.  Currently, on the North Shore of Lake Gogebic we are seeing what we believe to be the start of this predicted snowstorm.    Temps this week look to be below freezing every night so grooming should be able to continue throughout the week.   A one day warmup is headed our way later this week, but it doesn’t appear that it will have mitigating effects on trails condition.

Be sure to SLOW DOWN! Stay RIGHT!    STOP AT ALL STOP SIGNS!

Conditions are updated as we receive reports from the groomers.    Please continue to check back on this site as well as the Gogebic Area Grooming facebook page where  you may post photos and comments.

 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Groomers where out in full force this week with the cold temperatures. This weekend, the temperatures are suppose to get to the high of 43 degrees on Friday and 32 degrees on Saturday. This makes it difficult to groom at these temperatures. We will be grooming at night when the temperatures get below freezing to setup the trails. You may get a smooth trail in the morning, but expect bumps during the afternoon hours. Hope everyone has a good weekend and stay safe while riding the trails. And remember to stay on your side of the trail and stop for stop signs.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The North Shore of Lake Gogebic has received over 8” of snow in the past 24 hours.   It’s still coming down and there is snow every day in the forecast.   It’s a wet snow – which is good for the trails.  John Dee’s forecast shows 12-24” between Jan 16-20.   Friday (today) is going to be cold with a -1 showing for projected low.  Saturday is the day to watch out for as -12 is predicted to be the low and there is a whopping 3 for a high.     Snow and cold; snow and cold.  That’s all we see for the next several days in a row – forecast is calling for about an 1” or so each day.

Updates:

Trails North of Bergland are all reporting good.  Corridor trail 1 & 8 excellent

Couple of re-routes in place – check for signage.

8 West from highway 64 (7 miles to Where Wakefield grooms )- all very good  – no sign of mud or wet spots.

8 East – not so good

Groomers were out last night and will be going out again tonight – temperatures permitting.

Sorry for the delay – it’s been busy here with all the traffic.      We will update again Monday.

Have a great weekend from Jim, MaryBeth and Anthony at the Walleye Lodge!

 

January 8, 2018

Good morning from Lake Gogebic where another busy, busy weekend is on the books and we wake up today wishing the King of Rock and Roll – Elvis Presley – a Happy Birthday (he would have been 83 in the event you don’t feel old ENUF today)!!!

Well, last week we had about 24” or so inches of fresh powder on the North Shore of Lake Gogebic and last night we got a dusting a little less than an inch.     This weekend there was a lot of traffic out on the trails, but the trails held up well all things considered and those of you who are still in the area or heading up today should have some good riding.   All three groomers were out this weekend and they did the best they could considering the number of riders.    Guests leaving town on Sunday had a lot of good things to say about the trails and “mint” was all one guest had to say as he was packing up his gear on Sunday.     Couple challenge spots – but nothing extreme.  The good news is (and there is always good news) that our Groomers are on top if it and they know what they are doing.    We have to trust their judgement and when they tell us something – we need to listen.

We’ll see our recent sub-zero temperatures rise in the beginning of this week, and while we may even hit the freezing mark on Tues/Wed, there won’t be any significant damage to trails.    Groomers will continue to head out daily and should be able to keep the trails in good shape in spite of the “predicted” mid-week warmup.    Temps will drop back to single digits and below by Thursday.    There is also the potential for a pretty big winter storm later this week.  John Dee is forecasting 8-12” of snow between January 10-14, with potential for additional lake effect snows beyond that into the 3rd week of January.

Lake travel has picked up and Bergland Bay has about 11-12 inches of ice with some slush holes and everyone is encouraged to drive with caution.  As you go into the big lake the ice seems solid from Porcupine Point down past the East Shore.     Lake travel has not produced any incidents – but always use caution and keep a lookout for other snowmobilers and ice fisherman out there with their shacks.

Overall, trails are in good to excellent condition – especially considering all the traffic over the past few days.   Conditions are reported to be better on the North end of the lake where the is more snow, than on the South end where snow is thinner.

Here’s where we stand as of today and we will update Wed night/Thurs early a.m.:

  • Corridor 1 & 8 above Berland is holding up well with all the traffic.
  • Trail 1 to White Pine is in good or excellent condition.
  • Trail 13 North is in good condition; Trail 13 South to Trail 2 has not been groomed as there is not enough snow.
  • Trail 8 West to Ewen is reported to be in good condition – and will be better once the groomers go through it after the weekend.
  • A reminder our groomer broke thru mud last week on Trail 8 west of Bergland – and that trail is not recommended for good travel right now.
  • Trail 1 from Gogebic Lodge to Marenisco, Forest road to Marenisco, Trail 2 out of Marenisco and Trail 1 to Presque Isle.   Trails are groomed and reported to be in good to very good condition with a few thin spots near Marenisco.
  • Trail 102 has been groomed and is in good condition.

While many of you are seasoned riders, there are a lot of snowmobilers and ice fishermen up here right now it’s best to err on the side of caution.   Before heading out on the trails – make sure you are prepared and that you have a general plan for your day (understanding that sometimes the best plans are no plans 😊.)   Dress in layers and cover all exposed areas.   Check the weather conditions, pull out a map, and review the reports.    Make sure you have enough fuel and plan where your next fuel stop is going to be before you leave.    Make sure your phone is charged – and keep in mind that cell service may be sketchy in some areas.   Pack a couple waters and some snacks.    Let someone where you’re staying know what your plans might be.      With all the visitors in the area, lunch and dinner times are very busy at the restaurants and taverns.   It might be worth your while to ride during peak meal times and then you can dine after the rush!

Gogebic Area Grooming is continuously updating their Facebook page and our groomers and members are sending in photos and updates daily so it’s a great resource to dial in to.    Post your comments, pictures and anything you encounter that might help someone else out.   There are families and kids out there – so set a good example.     We can’t control Mother Nature as she has a mind all her own – but we want you to know that we all work hard to make sure that your visit to the Lake Gogebic Area is a good time – every time!

This is Mary Beth from the Walleye Lodge on Lake Gogebic wishing all of you a great week and lots of snow!!!!    Let’s hope Mother Nature gets real herself in a tizzy and sends us a lot of LES!!!    Hope to see you soon!

If you have anything comments, you may send them to me at Email or post a comment on the Gobegic Area Grooming Facebook page.

We will touch back with you in a couple days once we see what happens this week!

 

January 2, 2018

Forecast for the next few days is calling for single digits for highs and below zero for our lows with snow for the next 4 days and a foot predicted by Friday.    Looking outside – it appears that we might just get dumped tonight as it is snowing pretty hard right now.   The cold temps are doing a good job firming up the wet spots, but as you may have seen on the Gogebic Area Groomers Facebook page, we still have some places that still are wet (8 West).

Overall, trail conditions are very good to fair, with the good to excellent being in the Bergland area and North and the fair trails with thin snow coverage are those on the south end of the Lake.   We are hoping that this snow help us out on the South end.

Trail highlights as of 1/2/18:

  • Trail 13 North of Bergland is reported as very good – twice the snow and base as the South end of the Lake.
  • Trail 1 going South from White Pine is also reported as very good.
  • Corridor Trail 1 & 8 North of Bergland is rough and Trail 1 on west side of lake Gogebic going south.
  • Trail 102 has had a lot of traffic but will be groomed tonight
  • Trail 8 west of M64 we had a groomer go through last week – please be patient as we get this back in shape.
  • Groomer was out on Trail 13 and there is little base and conditions are reported as fair.
  • Trail 1 North of West Shore Resort is closed because of logging.
  • Riders are out on the Lake – use caution as riders begin to develop travel patterns.

December 26, 2017

Temps are cold with a balmy -17 below this morning but the good news is that the trails are firming up nicely. We’ve received a couple inches over Christmas, there’s snow in the forecast for at least the next 5 days, and John Dee’s forecast calls for 12-24” between Dec 31 and Jan 4. Don’t want to jinx ourselves – so not going to make any predictions on our upcoming season 😊😊😊. Just do want to say a sincere thank you to the Gogebic Area Grooming team and all the volunteers who have showed up to help get trails in order. We’ve had some challenges as a result of logging operations, but crews have been out tirelessly in this weather working on the re-routes. We should have a map uploaded in the next day – so please check back.

Riders have been out and reported trails to be “good” if you stay Bergland and North.

  • Trail 13 north towards Rockland, Trail 1 north to White Pine and trail 8 East to Ewen are all reported to be in good condition.
  • Trail 13 North of the Root Cellar is closed due to logging. Riders will have to run E. Shore Rd. up to where Trail 13 comes into Trail 8.
  • Trail 100 on the bottom of the lake is closed for the 2017-2018 season due to logging we are hoping it will reopen next season.
  • Trail 1 South of West Shore Resort to Marenisco is open and has been packed, but needs more snow to groom.
  • Trail 1 south from Marenisco to Presque Isle is open and has been packed but need more snow.
  • Trail 13 south of the Root Cellar needs to be brushed.

Do expect some pretty heavy traffic this New Years Eve. 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.

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.

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 look forward to seeing all of you this weekend and spending the New Years Eve week with us!

 

SNOWMOBILE ISSUES

MSA has had many calls about trespassing over the last weekend, December 15-16-17.  This is way too many for the first good snowmobiling in many Decembers!

Farm fields are not open unless permission has been granted by the land owner.

Contrary to some beliefs snowmobiles are not allowed on power lines, gas lines or other utility corridors unless it is a marked groomed trail! If that is the case, the Grant Sponsor has been granted permission to have the trail there.

In some instances, if the land is owned by the State of Michigan, you can ride there, but don’t assume if it is owned by the National Forest that applies also. It DOES not, and you will be ticketed.   Additionally, be be sure that you are following all traffic rules and complying with signage.   It a sign says stop – it means that you should come to a full stop!   Please be safe – we don’t want anyone getting hurt.

We know that boondocking has become a big hit with many snowmobilers, but if you are going to boondock, it’s your responsibility to KNOW WHERE YOU ARE! Trespassing will hurt the program. If you want to insure a place to ride other that your backyard or a loop on state property, “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO.” Just because you see a track do not assume that you are legal to ride there!

In this early season stay off any ice, and please don’t drink and ride!

Thank You- MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION

December 20, 2017

Merry Christmas from Lake Gogebic as we close in on the last few days before Christmas.    We had sledders in and around the Lake Gogebic area last weekend and the reports ranged from “good” to “do you know where I can wash my sled?”      Cold temperatures and snow are what’s really needed right now to take our conditions from “poor” to “good”.    

Weather forecast shows temps dropping below zero so make sure you are packing those base layers in with your gear.     The forecast is looking favorable and we are banking on the freezing cold to do its job.   It’s currently snowing and has been all morning, and there’s snow in the forecast most every day over the next 10 days.   Additionally, John Dee’s forecast is calling for 12-24” of snow between December 24-29th.   

Groomers have been out and will continue to be out on the trails daily.     We have two re-routes which we hope to have wrapped up by Christmas.    There is signage out on the trails and we’ll post a map in a couple of days.   

Current trail conditions are as follow:

  • Trail 1 North to White Pine is reported to be in Good condition.
  • Trail 13 North to Rockland is also reported as good and no major issues.
  • Trail 1 North on the West Side of Lake Gogebic is temporarily closed.
  • Trail 13 on the East side of Lake Gogebic is temporarily closed on the North portion and East Shore Road is being used as the temporary bypass.
  • Trail 13 on the South end of the lake is temporarily closed as they are backfilling today and hope to have the trail open by the weekend.
  • Trail 8 to Wakefield has very deep water holes and not recommended for riding until after Christmas when the water holes have had an opportunity to freeze up.
  • 102 North – has a large hole that is also getting fixed today – use caution!
  • Trail 8 East to Ewen is in fair condition with marginal snow.

Overall – the Lake Gogebic Area trails are reporting Poor Conditions until we get more cold temps to freeze up our swamps.    

Ice Fishermen are out on the North end of the lake.   Check for conditions before heading out.

Two areas experienced challenges due to conditions created by unforeseen logging and we are working on correcting these re-routes.      While we are dependent upon cold weather and snow right now – we remain confident that me will have our trails groomed and operational by Christmas.  

 

December 18, 2017

Happy Holidays from Lake Gogebic where we are most definitely going to have a White Christmas!    Gogebic Area Grooming held a meeting last week and we wanted to ensure that we followed up with an update.    In October we had over 2 feet of snow, followed by a warmup and then another dumping of 2 feet of snow.   Therefore, the ground has not had an opportunity to fully freeze.
Meanwhile, late fall logging operations took a toll on our trail system and there are two areas around Lake Gogebic that need re-routes due to damage caused by logging operations.   The first is on the Northwest corner of Lake Gogebic near M28 & M64, and the second is on 13 South near the Root Cellar.   The Board at GAG (Gogebic Area Grooming) are in the process of obtaining the necessary easements from private land owners, putting a plan in place to get these re-routes complete, and have those trails operational and groomed before Christmas.
   All 3 of the Gogebic Area Grooming machines are in 100% working condition and we have a great deal of confidence in the leadership of GAG who are determined toward making the Lake Gogebic Area trails the best in the UP.   Grooming started last weekend with Trail 8 East to Ewen and 1 North to White Pine.   Trails need additional time to freeze because of all the snow that we have received.    If you are going to ride – please use extreme caution and take it easy on these “early season” trails.    There’s over 5” of ice in the bay on Lake Gogebic and there which ice has formed on the big lake – we are not recommending  lake travel.
Temps are forecasted to get into mid-20’s for the next 2 days, then we can see temps drop into single digits for several days before, during, and after Christmas.    John Dee is saying 12-24” of snow between Dec 17-22.          We had riders up this week and reports range across the board.   We’ll post another update by Wednesday and will keep you advised of conditions and re-routes.    

 

 

 

 

March 3, 2017

Well, we have been receiving snow over the last few days, about a 3-inches each day, which should help cushion the trails. Right now we’ve been getting snow squalls off of Lake Superior off and on all day – sunny one minute, white.

Trail conditions remain in poor condition at this time due to wet conditions on some trails. . We’ve got lots of snow and we’ve had super cold temps most of this week which are expected thru Sunday.  The groomers have driven over all of our trails now, packing them down so they should freeze better, and will then start panning the trails Sunday. Conditions are still very wet, especially in some of the swampy areas like Trail 1 South between the Hoop ‘N Holler Tavern and FishTales and areas of Trail 102. At this point our drivers have done everything they can (brushing, signing and packing) to get the trails ready – we just have to wait for the trails to freeze up a little better.

Gogebic Area Grooming really needs your support at this time more than ever.  You can be a part of our grooming efforts with a sponsorship of $25 for single, $30 for family and $75 for businesses. However we’d greatly appreciate a donation of any amount. These can be sent to “Gogebic Area Grooming” at “115 Hoop ‘N Holler Rd / Merriweather, MI  49947” or you can find sponsorship pads at most businesses around the lake with our map boxes, where you can also deposit donations. All map money is intended to benefit the grooming efforts in our area. If you mail your sponsorship or donation to the above address be sure to include contact info, as well.

If you’re planning on being up here over Christmas day be aware that many restaurants in the area will be closed for that day.  The Konteka in White Pine will be open as well as their bowling alley.  Menu will be light.

That’s all for now, keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about our area please contact The Lake Gogebic Area Chamber of Commerce at 888.GOGEBIC or www.lakegogebicarea.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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