Today I spoke with Tim France of the Wildcat Lodge. I wanted to make arrangements for a trip up north so I can tape some ice fishing shows. What a surprise I got.
The Boulder Junction area has about 10 inches of snow on the ground now.
"It's been snowing every day since Friday." France said.
Wow, sounds like it's time for snowmobilers to get the running and heading for the Northwoods.
I was concerned about that much snow being on the ice. A heavy blanket like that won’t let the ice on the lakes continue to freeze and get thicker.
“Ice is starting to form on the lakes by the lodge. Most smaller lakes have some skim ice and the big lakes are still open.” France told me. “It won’t be long now and I think we can be in good shape for the Holidays.”
Therese Smith of the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce said that they’ll have a Between the Holidays Winter Celebration on Saturday, December 29, 2012, from 4:00 - 6:30pm, at the Winter Park.
Festivities will begin at 4pm with open ice-skating, sledding, a bonfire and music by Barb Boston. At 6pm prepare to be dazzled with a fireworks display sponsored by the Town of Boulder Junction. Chili and hot cocoa will be served throughout the event. If the weather cooperates, wagon rides will also be available.
Winter Park is located just ¼ mile east of downtown Boulder Junction, on Old Highway K. The park facility hosts a regulation sized, fully lighted and maintained ice skating rink. The warming hut and nearby-lighted shelter has electricity and countertops for appliances and serving food, group seating, and a bon fire area to warm your toes. The park’s walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trail is 9/10 of a mile in length, is cleared and groomed, and is suitable for beginners, enthusiasts, and outdoor-loving families. A sledding hill is as an added attraction for the youngsters.
Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend this special event on Saturday, December 29. What a great in between the Holidays trip this can be for your family. For more information, please contact the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-GO-MUSKY. Visit their website at www.boulderjct.org.
On a final note, I got a fishing report from Janie Harpster of Northern Highland Sports.
Harpster said too that they have had skim ice and several small lakes did ice over.
As for the fishing, “The only guys fishing are the diehard musky fisherman.” Harpster said. “I heard some nice fish were caught and a rumor is running around of a 49 inch fish was caught on Lac View Desert. I have not seen any photos or anything so I don’t know if it is true or not. A friend of mine has been out caught 35 and 40 incher, both on artificial lures. He is a diehard.”
Musky fishing will be done by the time Christmas rolls around. I’d say that right now launching a boat will be difficult on just about any lake. But if you can wait a few more weeks, make plans now to head north between the holidays.
One other event that’s coming up later on this winter in Boulder Junction is their Frozen Tozen event. It’s a day of fishing, ice golf, turkey bowling, snowshoe tug of war and other winter games held on Boulder Lake. Proceeds benefit the Boulder Junction Boat Landing Improvement Fund. Awards ceremony and raffle drawing held at 5:30pm at Boulder Beer Bar. Check with the Boulder Junction Chamber for more details.
Here are some photos from last year's trip to Boulder Junction between the Holidays.