Ice out was only 5 days prior to taking this photo and look how much the water is receding!  Today, the 20th, the lake water is beyond the rocks and all that is left are some puddles.   There is rain in the forecast so in the next few days, it could change again.  Mother nature is at work here.

We almost have a lawn again. Looking back to years prior, we never even saw the bottom yard until late May.

Ice Out Contest 2021

The Northland also does an ice out contest and they called for                              yesterday, April 13 at 845 AM. Yes this is really early for Ice out.

We can all try again next year.

Today is April 3rd, 2021 and below is the most recent cam shot of Big Wood.  You can see the lake has risen with the water is our bottom yard. The grumbling under the ice has started: so I think the ice is getting thinner and water is moving, or Big Woody is getting restless.

That is a snapshot of Big Wood this morning from our webcam. (March 8th)

It is a beautiful sunny but very cold morning here in Jackman.  Yesterday was a moving off the ice day for many ice shacks though. Warmer temps are supposed to happen later this week, which is why I assume the shacks are moving out. Once it starts getting slushy out there, they are difficult to slide off.

Truly, the date is a guess in every sense. But keep in mind, 2020 was a very dry year. And this winter did not produce as much snow as we have in the past. Does that mean less snow & ice to melt, warmer spring, earlier ice out?  Who knows?

SO with all of that being said, it is about time to start with the guessing for this years ICE OUT CONTEST!

So how this works:
1. 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.

2. Add a comment to this post with your best guess. A comment on Facebook will not be entered. We can only accept one entry per person/email.

3. The deadline to post your vote this year is 8am on April 10th, 2020. Watch our webcam at www.cozycovecabins.com for signs of change.

The winning date will be what the Town of Jackman records as the ice out date and time for 2021.

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, 2021.  New this year, you will also win a Cozy Cove Cabins hoodie.

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)

HOW TO ADD A COMMENT

To add a comment to the blog for the first time, you do need to register and be approved in order to add comments to any post.  If you posted before, use that same password. Unless you forgot it!

It really is simple:

Click on register at the top right of Blog Page. Follow directions using the code ccc2017 when asked. Use a simple PW so you do not forget it later(or next year). You will then get an email to confirm you are who you are, then I approve that you are not a robot or a “nonAmerican” and you are good to go.

After this process, you will need to login to comment but you will not have to wait for me to approve you. Unless of course you forgot your password from before, then you may have to re-register. So don’t forget your password.

Spring is coming n Jackman

This is the morning snapshot from our webcam.  The ice is getting darker every day. If you have not made your ice out guess yet or posted your ice out date and want to change it, you have 2 more days.   I think it will be sooner than later.  I am going with April 21st (my birthday)

So get your poles ready for some spring fishing.  Open water is coming.

Another sign of spring is the bird activity. This morning, I heard my favorite, the chickadee, singing. I am sure they make various calls all winter but it is their song that attracts me to listen and reply.

With spring on the horizon, we will start to hear and see many other birds either nesting or migrating through.   Be sure to look up once in awhile when exploring.

The ducks, I think they are Common Merganser, have also been tootling around in our “yard” which is a mini pond right now. I hear them quacking at all hours of the night and day. They better be careful as I also saw a pretty big minks the other day by the lakeside cabins.

New Covid Guidelines for Maine visitors

Starting today, an update has been posted for visitors to Maine.

“As of March 5, 2021, exemptions from testing or quarantine are available for:

  • Residents of New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island or Massachusetts
  • Individuals that have had COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, or are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

People who are not residents of Maine will still be asked to sign a “Certificate of Compliance” if they seek lodging in Maine.  This certificate indicates either that they have received a recent negative COVID-19 test result, that they will quarantine in Maine for 10 days (or the full duration of their stay if fewer than 10 days), or that they have already completed their quarantine in Maine, or that they are exempt due to being fully vaccinated or having had COVID-19.  This compliance form must be provided to check-in at all Maine lodging.

Moving forward to May 1st, 2021,  Maine will automatically exempt all states, unless a state is otherwise determined by the Maine CDC as being high risk. If one or more states see a spike in cases of highly contagious COVID-19 variants, Maine will apply its test or quarantine requirement to travelers to and from that state. The Maine CDC will publicly announce any such states when they are identified.

Masks/face coverings are still mandated to be worn in Maine.

If you want more information on Maine Covid guidelines, visit www.maine.gov/covid19/keepmainehealthy/faqs

What we do here at Cozy Cove Cabins will not change much. But if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.

Stay healthy!

March Trail Report

Wow what a windy day we had on Tuesday.  We had gusts of 60mph.  I do not think there was any actual snow falling from above but any snow on the lake or on the trails sure was blowing.

Our guests who came to ride said that the trails are holding up.  Trails around Jackman though are a bit icy in areas and simply have not much snow on them to groom.  BUT going North and East, trails are “excellent”.  Scott said there just seems to be more snow on the trails to work with.

Starting Monday March 1st, due to logging, the trails north of Arnold’s Farm, marked in red on the map below, will be closed Monday through Friday.  Please respect our landowners who offer us the use for our trail system

February 4 Trail report

We finally got some good snow to add to our base.

Last week, our riders found plenty of un-plowed roads to ride for the week plus some trail riding. Most trails they said were “decent” but had a lot of rough areas dues to lack of snow and over use.  In town trails are alnmost always going to be abused.

Tuesday night, here in town, we did get about 8 inches. Pittston Farm is reporting 10-14 inches of the white gold. But just like here by the lake, they also had the winds.  Last night they groomed toward us and to Rockwood. They hope to head toward Kokajo and NE Carry tonight.

Rockwood have not posted trail report but they did state “staked the lake from Rockwood cottages to Kineo, and from the landing to Kineo. We will be staking today from Kineo to the birches as long as it is safe. ”  Please do not ride Moosehead if you do not see trail markings.

South of town, Summit riders state they got 8-12 but as all of us experienced a lot of wind, some areas will be rough and lacking.

There will be a lot of riders out this weekend so please use caution, slow it down and respect each other.

Another option is to take advantage of our mid week discount and get away from the crowded weekends. Our FB discount is 3 nights, arrival on Monday and we take $10 off per night.  Our Website mid week discount is still 3 nights and $10 off per night but arrival can be Sunday or Tuesday. Be sure to mention where you saw the discount to get it. And as always any cabin specials, we will accept a check of cash only.

Trail report for Mid January 2021

It is good to finally see snow on the mountains.

Over the weekend, we got some decent snowfall.  In town, maybe 6-8 inches but in the higher elevations, there was more.  Club trails around us say they started to groom or pan the trails on Monday.

After the snow on Saturday, some of our guests decided to try a ride out to Pittston.   Mind you, the groomers had not been out yet so they had a bit of a rough ride.  And when they got there, they found that Pittston Farm was closed. SO the moral of this tidbit is, if you plan a destination, hoping to get food or fuel, make sure they are open. Not only because of the weather but also because of Covid and Maine guidelines.

The latest from Pittston is that they will open this weekend.

We also heard from rockwood club that Moosehead is not safe to cross.   PLEASE do not go if a trail is not marked.

Our club posted that our trails are now open. The groomers have been trying to do their magic.   Some areas may still be showing some signs of “early riding conditions”  More snow would be appreciated.

So continue doing that snow dance.  With the way the season started so late, consider making a reservation for some March riding.   I think winter is going to go out “Like A Lion”

Ice Fishing on Big Wood

Big Wood has been alive the past couple weekends with Ice Fisherman, both local and from away.  The snow we had on Saturday put a hamper on it a bit but there were still many who roughed it out.

One group of 3 families set up their shack close to shore and even had a campfire going in our lakeside firepit on Friday.  The kids had a great time.

Jackman trail report 2021

Sadly, we do not have a trail report to offer.

We had snow in December, the trails were rolled and packed giving us a good base. Then it rained for Christmas and “all gone”.   Last week we did get about 8 inches total around town. The club has rolled this too but there is not enough to actually groom.

SO our trails are still closed.   We have seen some riders heading up north and riding unplowed roads but please, stay off any of our trails.   We need to keep what we have so when that storm does come, the groomers can make it right.

In the mean time…