2018-01-04 / Outdoors

Groomers, fisherman stay busy

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.

Lake Leelanau: Greg Alsip, who manages the Lake Leelanau Narrows Resort, said some anglers have braved ice on the north part of the south basin despite weekend snowfall. “Wind helps get the snow off the ice, but since you’ve got so much on there, we could be screwed for a while,” Alsip said. “All it does is insulate it and weigh it down.” North Lake Leelanau appears to be frozen over but may be unsafe.

Glen Lake: Little Glen received less snow than other parts of the county. It’s a bit “slushy,” resident sportsman and tip-up collector Mike Shimek said. “Have not heard,” The Sportsman Shop owner Bob Smith said when asked of the ice. “I’m sure it’s good.” Big Glen has some shelf ice developing, but remains open, Shimek said.

TART Trail: The trail was rolled from Birch Point Road south to the lower Cherry Bend parking lot and from Fort Road to Bingham Road on Monday. “The surface is a little rough still, but good skiing,” a TART Trails report said. “Our next step will be to roll with the skirt and then look at a Ginzu groom. Once we get a handle on that we will take another run at the trail north of Birch Point.”

Heritage Trail: Kerry Kelly in his ski report on Sunday said the trail was groomed from Glen Arbor to Empire on Saturday to compact fresh snow and lay classic tracks. The trail was groomed from Glen Haven to Empire with classic tracks and a 4-inch base, although some meadow areas near Glen Haven and the Dune Climb were thinner due to blowing snow. Port Oneida Road to County Road-669 was ungroomed; Glen Arbor to Port Oneida Road was groomed last Wednesday.

Palmer Woods: Cross-country ski trails were buried in more than a foot of powder as of Monday.

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