Deer on the ice

The deer have been traveling out on the ice almost every day. Today I saw 2 groups cross over from Hog Island to the Main land.   I hope they stop crossing back and forth once the ice starts to thaw.

In 2015, during ice thaw, a few deer fell though and thanks to our fire and rescue, they did save a couple of them.

Snow shoe and X country ski trails?

Yes indeed.   Unity College:Sky Lodge has opened their cross country ski and snow shoe trails to the general public.  What a wonderful opportunity for everyone to enjoy this area without the sounds of a motor.

There is no fee to use the trails, though donations to support of trail maintenance and grooming are welcome. There is a donation box at the trailhead.

Details for Trail Access:
Trails are “Use is at your own risk.” Parking is available by the main lodge. From the parking lot at the main lodge, walk to the far end of the open field where you will find the trailhead marked with a sign. Follow the blue blazes to complete the full loop. Their Blue Trail (a 1.5-mile loop) is currently open for snowshoeing as of November 28, 2018.  They will start grooming for cross-country skiing as well on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

What a wonderful contribution to our community.  As with all winter activities in the region, please respect the landowners who offer this experience.

 

 

First snow 2018-2019 season

This seems way too early for this much snow but here it is.  We measured about 7 inches and it is still snowing.The forecast though for tonight and tomorrow is high winds, blowing snow, and temperatures below 20.

It won’t be long before the snowmobiles are running and the ice fisherman are fishing.  Are you ready?

The lake rose last week so it is well beyond our shoreline. This morning, we could not even see anything from the webcam with the snowfall and fog coming off the lake. You can almost see the island now.

Of course, the first thing Maggie did was bury her nose in the snow, but in the air, I think looking for the grass? Or maybe just to play.  But how cute is this?

Merry Christmas 2017

Every year we send out Christmas cards to those of you who have stayed with us in the past.  The average is around 800 cards.  I can only go back about 3 years so unless you are a regular, and have not been here in awhile, you may be missing this.  Plus many come back to me as “Return to sender” or “insufficient address”.

So, if you did not get one this year, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy Joyous New Year.   Hope you visit with us again.

Tami, Steve, and Maggie

First trail report for 2018

We just received trail update from the Border Riders Club.   Technically, the rails are open but they have only been rolled and panned so far.   We need another 6-8 inches before we can start grooming them.  With the snow today and more expected next week, they should be good to go for NEW Year Weekend.

The foresters notified the Club last week of areas affected which means, again, this affects our trail system.   Many people have been working hard to re route some trails and add new signs so that you all can get where you want to go.   Many changes this year so until they can get a new map printed,  please watch for signage.

Here are some of the key changes:

The clubhouse trail (North on the Dumas Road) will only be open on weekends, due to wood harvesting.
The Pittston Farm trail has changed dramatically – a longer ride.  Right now there is a rough section where we just excavated to connect to the Pittston trail.
There is no Alt ITS 89 South route this year as they will be wood harvesting.
There will be a section of ITS 88 that will be shared or rerouted in a couple weeks due to wood harvesting.
A firm reminder from the club:  Stay off any plowed road and do not ride in any wood plantations.  We do not want to loose our landowners permission to use their land.
I hope this helps for the first of the year trail report.

LET IT SNOW!!!

 

Winter events 2017

What a great snowmobile season so far.  We have a great base and every week we are getting snow in small amounts which lets the groomers work their magic. We know you all come up to ride but there are a few events around town that you might want to attend.  Support the trails and have fun!

On February 18th and 19th is a Groomer Fundraiser at the Long Pond Grooming Headquarters.  From 8am to 4pm, they will have breakfast sammies, burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and chicken sammies.  All DONATIONS go toward grooming operations. By snowmobile, they are right off the loop trail.  If you want to drive over, take the 6/15 to Loop Road.

March 4th is “Reggie’s Ride”. which is a family ride from downtown Jackman to Arnold Farm Sugar House for a tour. Then back to the Northland for dinner and AUCTION.

March 5th is the Turner Pond Breakfast – ride your sled or drive into Turner Pond for breakfast between 8am and 11am. Everyone is welcome.  A shuttle will be available from the Holeb Road.

March 11th and 12th is the Northwoods Sledfest at Historic Pittston Farm. $10,000 in prize money. Fun for spectators too.

For those of you who want to try Ice fishing, Free fishing days are February 18th and 19th in Maine.

Snowmobile reciprical weekend 2017

This weekend is the snowmobile reciprical weekend for Maine, NH, and Vermont. Besides those from Maine who want to ride the best trails around, we have possibly hundreds of out of state riders who want to take advantage of not paying additional registration and ride. I wish we had 30 more cabins to accommodate more people.  Well maybe not, but it is hard to turn so many people away.     So what should people from NH and Vermont do next year?   Book your cabin early.