2018-01-11 / Outdoors

Snowmobiler tests thin ice near Nedows Bay

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: Snowmobile tracks on the north basin caught Greg Alsip by surprise this week. “They’re lucky they didn’t go through,” said Alsip, who manages the Lake Leelanau Narrows Resort. On Tuesday, Alsip said ice on the north basin was about 2 or 3 inches thick; the north end of the south basin was about 6 inches. “The warmup should help,” he said. “It’s like a perfect scenario for the lake.” The bite, meanwhile, has been slow both on Lake Leelanau and surrounding lakes.

Glen Lake: The Sportsman Shop owner, Bob Smith, hasn’t had a chance to prod Glen Lake ice with a spud just yet but he did spot a portable shanty on Big Glen last week near the bridge.

Leelanau Trail: An update was made on the TART Trails website at about noon on Friday. Groomers rolled the trail from Suttons Bay to Bingham last Thursday and packed the trail on Friday, albeit without classic tracks. It was rolled again from Fort Road to Bingham and from Birch Point Road to Cherry Bend Road on Saturday.

Heritage Trail: The entire trail from Empire to Port Oneida Road was groomed Saturday, Kerry Kelly said in his Friends of Sleeping Bear ski report on Sunday. Three of four sections of the trail had an 8-inch base and all were groomed with classic tracks. Groomers also hit the trail from the Dune Climb to Glen Arbor again on Monday and were slated to groom again on Tuesday.

Palmer Woods: The cross-country ski trails at Palmer Woods had an 8-inch base and classic tracks as of Saturday, Kelly said in his email.

Veronica Valley: The county has begun grooming at Veronica Valley County Park in Bingham Township. “It’s going to be groomed on a regular basis depending on weather,” said Leelanau County Drain Commissioner Steve Christensen, adding that the county may need to purchase a “packer” to compact snow.

Myles Kimmerly: Grooming of cross-country trails at Myles Kimmerly Park in Maple City is slated to start in the next few weeks, Christensen said.

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