2017-12-28 / Outdoors

Winter Sports Report: The shanties are back

Editor’s note: The Enterprise invites all ice fishermen, cross-country skiers, downhill skiers, fat-tire bikers, ice boaters, snowmobilers, hockey players, and other outdoor sports enthusiasts to email snow and ice reports to jason@leelanaunews.com by Tuesday.

Glen Lake ice: Ice-fishing season is officially underway on Glen Lake. Sportsman Shop owner Bob Smith said Tuesday morning that he’d spotted a few portable shanties on Little Glen. “There’s people out there,” Smith said, “but it’s whiteout conditions. It’s blowing 30 knots out of the west.” Big Glen is still “wide open,” he said.

Lake Leelanau ice: Greg Alsip said the northern end of the south basin had about 2 to 5 inches of ice as of Sunday. One angler already has a permanent shanty set up, Alsip said. “It’ll only get better,” he said. “It’s supposed to be cold — as long as we don’t get dumped on again. A few guys catching walleye and perch.” North Lake Leelanau is still open, Alsip said on Tuesday.

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail: Kerry Kelly in his Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes ski report on Friday morning said the trail from Glen Arbor to Empire had been groomed to recondition the trail. “No classic tracks were created due to the thin base,” Kelly said. “A little fresh snow on top of the smooth corduroy will make skate skiing fabulous.” The inch of snow that fell last Thursday night softened the trail surface but did not give the grooming crew enough snow to groom north of Glen Arbor or Palmer Woods, Kelly said. The sections of the trail from Glen Arbor to Glen Haven, Glen Haven to the Dune Climb and the Dune Climb to Empire sported a 2-inch base with another inch of fresh snow on top. All were groomed but had no classic tracks. The section of the trail from Glen Arbor to Port Oneida Road was last groomed on Dec. 17. Much of the trail in the section from Port Oneida Road to Bohemian Road is not groomed due to the sand and salt from nearby M-22.

Palmer Woods: Kelly said in his Friday report that Palmer Woods was last groomed on Dec. 17. It had a 3-inch base with a half-inch of fresh snow on top at the time. “You can ski from the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail to Palmer Woods using Hyland Road (near the Homestead) and Darwin Road,” Kelly wrote. “These are seasonal roads and are not plowed in winter. We run the groomer up these roads to get to Palmer Woods, so they are also groomed.”

Leelanau Trail: Two TART Trails grooming reports were made Saturday. According to the second update, Glenn Martin did a roll of the trail from Bingham south to the lower Cherry Bend parking lot and found generally good conditions, albeit with some bare spots. “We will begin to renovate the trail with the Ginzu groomer when we have built up enough base to use it,” the update says. The roller was also out on the trail from the Bingham Road crossing north to 4th Street in Suttons Bay. “The snow was minimal and crusty in some spots so the roller was only able to do minimal compaction. We’ll continue to roll the trail over the next few days and hope to use the Ginzu soon and be able to lay down track sets for classic skiing as well.”

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