Big Wood Ice Out Contest 2020

Today is April 9th and the above snapshot is from our webcam this morning. As you can see, there is still ice on the lake but our shoreline (yard) is thawed. We have very little snow on the ground today but by tomorrow morning there could be a foot or more of snow. Hopefully that will melt soon after.

This is just a reminder that the deadline to post your guess for our ice out contest is tomorrow. Come on, put in your guess. Have some fun!

March 5th, 2020

It is time for our annual Big Wood Ice out contest.  In 2019, it was on May 9th even though looking at the cam shot below on May 8th, it appeared to be gone.

SO this years history: We have not had tons of snow as we have had in past years so will the thaw produce less run off?  Will the warmer temperatures come sooner?  You never know.  Your guess will be as good as mine. Of course, my guess date remains to be on May 5th and in 2018, I won.  HAHA

So how this will work:
Choose your date and time that you think the ice will go out on Big Wood. Choosing a time is helpful if multiple people choose the same date.  The person closest to the time will win.

Add a comment to this post with your guess. We can only accept one entry per person/email.

The winning date will be what the Town of Jackman records as the ice out date and time for 2020.
The winner will get 50% off one night when they stay with us 2 or more days or 1 full night free if they stay 4 or more days. This discount will expire December 31, 2020.

The deadline to post your vote this year is 8am on April 10th, 2020.  I think it will be the end of April this year so I moved up the deadline date.

Please Note: Only one discount permitted per stay at Cozy Cove Cabins and our same discount rules apply. (payment by check or cash, cabin minimum must be met)

Watch our webcam at for signs of change.


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State of Maine Order Establishing Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in Maine

As normal for this time of year, we have already closed all the camps by mid March, but a new order came out from our Governor yesterday defining Maine’s new lodging restrictions.

We will continue to take reservation for May (for ice out fishing) and beyond with the understanding that things may change with more restrictions for lodging being possible.  If you do plan to travel in Maine after this restriction, please continue to  be considerate of others, keep your physical distancing, shop at home and not in the small communities, and stay healthy.

We hope if people can restrain from traveling this month and even into May, we all will be able to look forward to a healthy summer season.

These new orders are effective from April 5th through April 31st.


  1. To preserve the public health and safety, to ensure the public health and health delivery system are capable of serving all, and to help protect those at the highest risk and vulnerability, any person, resident or non-resident, traveling into Maine must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days or for the balance of 14 days dating from the day of arrival, except when engaging in essential services as defined in Executive Order 19FY 19/20.
  2. The Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority are hereby directed to post a summary of this Order at all major points of entry into Maine and on highway message boards. The Portland Jetport, the Bangor International Airport and all other Maine airports, all bus stations and passenger train stations are also directed to post the substance of this Order.
  3. Guidance for self-quarantine may be made available by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  4. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Maine if they are displaying symptoms ofCOVID-19, and are advised not to travel to Maine if they are traveling from cities and regions identified as COVID-19 “hot spots,” including, among others, the cities of Detroit, Chicago and New York City. In addition, residents of the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut should refrain from travel to Maine in strict compliance with USCDC travel guidance issued Saturday, March 28, 2020 and any subsequent travel guidance that may be issued during the pendency of this Order. 2

5. For the purpose of clarifying Essential Services as defined in 19FY 19/20, effective April5, 2020 at 12:00 noon, all lodging operations and accommodations shall close except to the extent of providing lodging for the purposes stated below. Lodging operations and accommodations are defined to include, but not limited to, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns, short term rentals, such as those made available through VRBO, Homeaway, AirBnb and other services, parks for recreational vehicles and campgrounds, and all public and private camping facilities.

Lodging may be provided only for the following purposes:

a.Housing vulnerable populations, including children in emergency placements, persons at risk of domestic violence, and homeless individuals as permitted by the State.

b.Providing accommodations for health care workers, or other workers deemed necessary to support public health, public safety or critical infrastructure.

c.Use of lodging properties as self-quarantine or self-isolation facilities as arranged by the State.

d.Limited verifiable extenuating circumstances for the care and safety of residents as otherwise approved by the State. On-line reservations shall be suspended, and lodging providers shall post a prominent notice on their web platforms to advise potential guests that reservations for lodging in Maine, as allowed above, shall be accepted by phone only. Lodging providers may permit existing guests to remain through the end of their scheduled stay but may not allow stay extensions or new reservations, except for the purposes set forth above.

6.All state agencies and departments, including the offices of elected officials in the Executive Branch, which register, regulate or license lodging facilities, shall provide an electronic advisory regarding the suspension of lodging operations, consistent with this Executive Order.  d to be a violation of any such license, permit or other authorization to which pertinent penalties may be assessed.

You can read the full document here :

End of March 2020

A friend of ours who obviously has “the eye” for capturing beauty on film, sent this to me today. Normally, at this time of year, you would not see the rocks along our shore nor the brown areas on the yard. It is usually all still white.  This is prettier, I think, in some ways. Of course the skyline adds to the beauty also.

It has been an odd cold but less snow winter this year. Even still, I am ready for spring thaw to happen and start working the garden and the yard.

We hope everyone is able to get out around their own home and breath in some fresh air and sunshine. Be safe and be healthy.


Guest Journal entry March 2020

A journal entry from a family who stayed with us this weekend.

“A wonderful family getaway to escape the world and craziness of the covid-19 pandemic. Nothing like the great outdoors of Northern Maine to relax and refresh the soul.

We rode snowmobiles, ice-fished (caught 2 trout), saw 12 deer, sled, ate, drank, smiled a lot, completed the puzzle here in Cabin 4 (took 4 days) and very much enjoyed the sunsets from the Eagle’s Nest.

Just love the good ol’ fashioned Maine hospitality here at Cozy Cove Cabins.

Thanks Steve and Tami!! Be back real soon! Peace and love”
Sami, TJ, Lillian and their dog Hazel

Jackman trail report for March 2020

Do not put away those sleds yet.  There is still some good riding up here in Jackman country!

It is almost mid March and you all probably have green grass by now.  Not so in Jackman.  We are still covered in snow and ice.

This image was from Jenn at Pittston Farm last eve.

We did have some warmer temperatures last week but the nights temperatures dropped down pretty quick, keep the trail conditions solid. Even with the bit of rain we had the other day, no trails were lost, especially north and east of us.

I have reports, mostly from our guests, that the border loop is still an awesome ride as well as to Pittston Farm. One group went over to Kokajo on Friday and they said for the most part, still in good shape.

Another guest went up Coburn Mt yesterday and said it was a bit bumpy but a good amount of snow and the view at the top was worth the ride.

We also heard that there is little snow left in the Forks.

The latest forecast is for snow on Tuesday which will sweeten the trails even more, giving the groomers more to work with.

Big storm, lots of snow


Sounds funny to be excited for a big snowstorm but this week, I think we had the most snow fall in one day then we had all season.  We had high winds most of the day so the snow was blowing sideways.  Toward evening, the winds calmed down and these huge fluffy flakes fell.  At that moment, it was simply beautiful.

By morning, the groomers went through the trail system for some of the best riding options all season.

We heard the temperatures will increase next week with the possibility of rain but have no fear, our trails are not in danger of going away.

Call now for your March reservation.  If you do not have a snowmobile, no worries. You can rent them in town or maybe try snowshoeing or X-country skiing.

Best riding in Maine

There are so many people trying to come to Jackman this weekend to ride and I believe town is full.   What I hope you all realize is that March offers some of the best riding options so make those reservations now. Don’t wait until the Wednesday before to try and get a place to stay.

Trails are in excellent condition. With the snow we are getting today and more in the forecast for next week, no one is complaining.

Denise and Bill who have come up school vacation week for many years rode every day, something that has not always happened. They said riding was the best they have ever seen.

So call us now if you want to ride a weekend in March. We have openings the third weekend. Talk to you soon.

Trail report for February 16th

After that last storm, we, as well as the clubs around Jackman are all reporting excellent trail conditions.

From those who ride, our guests, have all said the trails are in awesome condition and the best rising all season. Even route 66 to the Birches is now “pristine”.   Note: The Rockwood Club posted that there is a young moose hanging around the trail near Rockwood so please use extra caution.

Today it is sunny with blue skies but very cold.  Bundle up.

More snow in the forecast for Tuesday.

Plan on riding in Jackman well into March.

This is a photo shared to the Jackman-Moose RIver Chamber of Commerce of the coburn summit trail.  This trail is not for the timid but the views we have seen are incredible.  Perfect shot we wanted to share.

Jackman Trail report Jan 30, 2020

What a crazy winter we are all having.   Where is all the snow?  Luckily, I think Jackman is the only place to find any decent riding.  No it is not perfect and thee are some areas south and east of us getting a bit rough but there is still plenty of trails to enjoy.We have a pretty solid base so any snow the higher elevations did get, has helped. The groomers went out Monday and will go out again tonight to do areas needed.

Reports from our guests say that once you are out of town, the trails are holding up.  The ride to Pittston is good as well as to the border.  We had a few who went to the first clubhouse in Quebec and said that area was awesome.

Another option is off trail or on un plowed roads.  Since there has not been a lot of snow, you will not get stuck as easy and yet plenty to ride on.

From other clubs:  Pittston has been grooming and went up toward Kokajo also.  They say the trails are in great shape.  Many have said Rockwood and Greenville riding is pretty rough but the club said they groomed on the 28th.  Parlin area is holding up.  They said to watch for some rocks around Coburn Mtn and some bare spots in the woods. They say most bad spots are passable but rough.

SO simply, yes you can find some good riding but be aware of some rough areas, icy curves and all the clubs are recommending scratchers.  There will be a lot of people out there this weekend so ride to the right and stay safe!


Ice Fishing Tips

Free Ice fishing weekend is coming up.  February 15-16, 2020,  any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a license. All other laws and regulations apply on these days.

Here on Big Wood, fisherman try for the Splake, Trout, Salmon, Yellow Perch and cusk.  January seems better for trout but truly it is up to the luck and skill of the fisherman.

SO here are some ice fishing tips I pulled from the Maine Sportsman author, Tom Seymour

If you want to catch Salmon, the best bait is smelt.                                                   Set up your traps with only enough added weight to keep your bait from swimming to the top. GO with a hook and a small sinker, nothing else.                    “Set most of your traps so that t6he smelt is only a few feet beneath the ice. This is to intercept the salmon that are cruising just under the ice in search of smelt. Reserve a line or 2 for deeper water just in case” Check bits regularly, sit back and hope for the best.

Now what about the Togue. They can keep an angler running after flags all day Drop your lines deep using smelt.  Tom describes using a jigging rod but that is beyond my understanding.

Taking care of your catch is simple: fill and chest with snow, add the fish and cover with more snow. They will stay fresh to cook back at camp.

Others suggest that Brook trout are often found near the shoreline and best using smelts or worms.  One angler suggested, drilling one hole and test it for 30 minutes. If no luck move on to another.

We do not know of anyone who rents ice fishing equipment but you can buy traps here in town as well as bait. You can also rent shacks or just bring your chair and have a great day.