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  1. Mcthumper


    There is some bright-eye across Lake Joe from me who started dragging stone and timbers across the channel just north of Sherwood Inn about 6 days ago to build some cribs. The timbers are still sitting on top.....but his pile of rock went thru last nite. Hope his customer is pleased with the new shoal in front of his docks;)
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    Sorry for the slow reply...yer answer is probably gonna be better for ya today than tomorrow tho;) I really only KNOW about Lake Joe...fo rthe others,well,thaty aren;t far off the same. Top half of Lake Joe is open water...has been all season...but it wider now due to the winds last weekend. Where there IS ice,it's not great...I have about 8" in front of my house,in the narrow section to the south end.There's 10-12" in Stills bay. There are few tracks out there and fisher folk are taking it day by day...VERY few huts,most of them of the tent,fold-up variety (down by the Nunnery,at Apian Way near Port Sandfield,there is one hut when normally there would be +25...just one lonely fisher guy out there yesterday) Bubblers are huge,and all the usual weak spots are very weak. With a couple days of rain promised,and temps now staying well above freeze,none of this will get better.Just getting to the lakes will likely be impossible in a couple days. +10 and sun today..rains tonight thru to thursday....highs of +8 thru the weekend coming up......Damn but if there was good ice,this weekend would have been terrific!... Always loved those late season lake runs after the trails were done. To avoid damage to my machines and me,we packed them up last week.Heard chatter at the arena last night from the die-hard younger bunch that rocks are cropping up in strange places on the trails in the area too.... a couple destroyed suspensions. Will try and post the pic I have from one of our local fly-boys from about 10 days ago......
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    Weather again

    Judging by this mornings radar..if yer not out there already,might be best to stay home. Rain looks like it will be substantial...and this on our very very thin trails..with creeks and swamps and lakes already opening... This could be the end of it in Muskoka and environs. or.... Go north young men!
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    Doesn't seem that many were on the ice,there Rippin....Most folks are be following good advice! Opening season on lake Joe yesterday....very few huts,and those that were out in the usual spots were,for the most part,gone by 4pm. All but a very few huts were of the tent/portable variety...probably a very smart move.....well...smart for ice fisher folk:) I never really 'got' the concept myself...standing out there in the middle,wind,ice,snow,rain....staring down a black hole. They's welcome to it! Todays forecast rain(and by the radar now, will be substantial) is really gonna play havoc with already tennuous ice conditions. Should more slush develop(and likely will) yer speed will be cut drastically....a factor when you come upon that unexpected hole...or mile....of open water.
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    Culled from The Moose...our local radio news>>> Ice Conditions on Lake Muskoka Questionable Friday, 10 February 2012 07:54 CFBG Editor A heads up for the public about the ice situation on Lake Muskoka. The Moose has been contacted by a concerned contractor who says there's been a dramatic turn for the worse in terms of ice stability on the lake over the last couple of days. Fissures and wide-open areas of water have developed where there was solid ice only days ago. Two days ago, the contractor says ice near Baxter Island was in a somewhat solid condition, but he says now there's at least 40 feet of open water around it. <<< I was not the contractor...someone else called in the warning. These random openings are happening all over larger water.
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    It's wide sweeping comments like "The small lakes are OK" that get folks into trouble. It's not true...not in the real sense.Mr Snowcrest....not everybody rides 3500km like you do...most get a quarter of that and ,not to offend,but don't have a clue what they are doing out there...certainly not when it comes to exceptional conditions such as we have now. There are places on the smaller lakes ,where folks are used to riding, that are FAR from OK! Spring holes have popped open,bubblers have joined up...there is water running everywhere. Parts of lakes where one would think are safe are not....Long Lake is a perfect example....only the middle is ok...the sides are bad to open in long stretches from bubblers and wind. One of my kids has his hut out on Indianhead....yes,lots of ice under it....but 200 yards away there is no ice where there is a popular,in other years,spot to access the lake. Understand this.....people arrive here friday nights,look out their cottage windows to see nice winter across their lakes.They hop on the sled with "Oh ya...it's february,it's -15.....lots of ice!"...and away they go. I live on Lake Joe,south end.Last night,about 9pm,a single sled shot up the lake,real fast, towards the north.In front of my house there is 8"....about 2 miles up the lake it is wide open...wide open for miles. Does the guy on that sled know that in the space of about 90 seconds his ice is gonna run out...in the dark...alone???? This is how sledders die. STAY OFF THE BIG LAKES!!!! EMS/S+R has pulled more people outa the water in tha last 3 weeks than any other year...3 in one day last week. Little guy went thru a springhole across from our jobsite on wednesday this week on Lake Joe...8 inches of ice,one spring hole...one very cold wet kid,lucky,,,very lucky... to be alive today.
  7. I can't stress this enough folks! Unless you know EXACTLY....and I do mean EXACTLY....where you are going...STAY OFF LAKES JOE , ROSSEAU, AND MUSKOKA!!! Ice this year is VERY UNPREDICTABLE. Large sections of Lake Joe are wide open. Parts of Rosseau and Muskoka are covered by only and inch...but they have been covered for weeks. ANY narrow areas between islands etc are NOT SAFE!!! Dock bubblers are joining up...creeks are running...spring holes are everywhere. If you have teenagers....keep them on the golf courses and in the sand pits...that way they will only break their necks. You will see some tracks out there.DO NOT TRUST THE MORON WHO WENT FIRST!!! Most ice surfaces are very slick from the melt this week...covered by a dusting of snow...we only got a wind-blown inch of 2 today....under that is about an inch of ice,then water,then if yer lucky, some solid ice.BUt you will have little control on this surface. For all you city folks who may be thinking our weather up in the north has been even remotely normal...it has not! STAY OFF THESE LAKES!!!!!!
  8. Mcthumper

    Are people running Lake Muskoka?

    Ice is considered NOT SAFE outside of the small and side-bays. Measurements are fluctuating between no ice and about 12 inches...bubblers are joined up along shores,creeks are running. The ice is VERY unstable and VERY unpredictable. PArts of Bala Bay are open,around Kettles is open...lots of shell ice...some is now being covered with a dusting of snow. Ice fishermen have been moving their huts in....normally they would be going further out now. Go another route.....the 3 big lakes are not good.
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    2012 begins!

    As of last evening,it appears that none of the MLSTA trails have been groomed. There was a single run on some of 114,possibly a bit of c102 a few weeks ago,but nothing since. Is there an explaination for this? After our most recent snow,one would think the trails would have been attended to...as they are now,they are waaaay too painfull for an old fart like me...not even near the idea I have as "fun". Chatter around the BLH was to get outa the area asap....or go home for a nap. ;(
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    Another death

    Re Legislation. That is what makes events like this even worse than they are.....our judicial system. As I have said here before,the police and DAs speak only one language....and that is the word of the law. There is no account taken for cause and effect outside of the actual event it's self. This is a very North American objective....we have become very litigeous,and many believe that the law is the only way to solve the ills of society. In cases such as this (of which there are thousands every year) this attitude is nothing but damaging to all involved. We can only hope that cooler heads will prevail.....and that Shane may one day find some peace.He is in a very dangerous place now,and will likely remain in that darkness for many years. Short story.... Many years ago,a young neighbor,I think about 21,was driving home in the afternoon when a small boy about 5 darted in front of him on his own quiet residential block...he knew the kid.But there was nothing he could do.....so fast it happened.The child was killed. In the mid 60's we may have been a 'more gentle' society...he was charged with careless I think,but later that was dropped.The parents were friends,it was a tight little neighborhood. He was haunted by this for the rest of his life. Maybe with relief,that life was not a very long one...he himself was dead some 10 years later.After the accident he never finnished uni,never had a girlfriend,never did much of anything...I don't tihink he ever moved from his parents home....He just wasted away.I remember him as a great guy...always playing with us younger guys in the park,tossing us around playing touch football....a good fun kid.He was at Uof T I think at the time. This kinda speaks to the whole idea of retribution. The guys life had been destroyed,through no fault of his own,and tho there was no legal price to pay,he was destroyed by it. I have alawys wondered what would have been his life if he had stopped on his way home for a pack of gum.
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    Another death

    I wish what you propose could make a difference Cattail...but it won't. Over-extending the bouds of safety is what being a teenage boy is all about.It is the way they are put together. There is NOTHING that will change that....no teaching,no courses,no parental or legal intervention will ever stop boys from pushing beyond the limits. We cannot change human nature. We even reward kids for the behavior.As good parents,we encourage our kids to do better...push harder...fly higher.Look at any Nike commercial on TV....Stronger,Higer Faster....the olympics....We drive this message into them. Yes,we may label these events as 'stupid....dangerous....foolhardy'....But they are just doing what we,the world,and their brains tell them to do,no matter how obviously wrong it may appear to us. They do learn....and they also learn how good it feels to go further,faster,or higher than the last guy. And in that process,sometimes young men die. And we cannnot change that either. So.with all the sadness this entails,we must learn to accept it.
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    2012 Season - Lake Joe is NOT SAFE!!

    I hate to say it boys...but in all my years on this lake,I have to....we're done. There will be no sledding on Lake Joe this year. Now don't start all this "But Thumper!...there's still weeks left in winter!!!..How could you!!!" crap. Been there... done that. Save it for the groundhogs. The weather forum guys booted me outa their domain a few weeks ago when I said this was gonna happen;) There is also a large section of Lake Muskoka that got torn out by the wind a couple nights ago,same as the pic above. I haven' seen it as yet,but I would suspect that wide part of Rosseau south of the RM marker is likely gone or going too. Yer enemy this time is the wind...and bubblers. Ice fisher-folk will be gettin the boats ready for opening on the 14th.Probly a safer way to fish anywhere on the big lakes this year.
  13. Agreed. And pretty well all of the little connector trails are gone now too.Pretty much anything small that led to the lakes are closed for good and have been for a few years now.We ere told by the club that they were trying to limit access to the lakes....presumably to keep folks onn the trails. They did not,however,take into account,that many of the sledders here on wekends LIVE on the lakes.So when I was dodgy they could nip out the road to some connector trail.....most roads had them if they were close to main trails. So they kinda screwed that one up...now we are FORCED to use the lakes. This of course has us trapped this year....our only way out this year is down the highway a couple miles. Ya...and that's real safe too! Sometimes I wonder what thought processes these guys go thru to come to these crazy decisions. Those little trails were mostly never groomed...didn;t really need to be...so it wasn;t about the usual excuses($$). It was done long before the landowner issues cropped up. Just seems we are being forced out of the game for so many reasons. I tell my kids to enjoy their time sledding now...they likely won;t be doing the same with their kids;(
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    2012 Season - Lake Joe is NOT SAFE!!

    An uncle of mine owned one of them for several decades....dont think they ever had a "name". But...we have always refered to another group as the Three Sisters... Faith,Hope and Charity....just on the south outside corner of Footes Bay.
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    2012 Season - Lake Joe is NOT SAFE!!

    BPP are Bass,Pickerel and Perch Islands.....the 3 little ones about a mile north of Sherwood Inn,and a couple south of Footes Bay.....they sorta make the delineation of the wide part of the lake to the north and the narrow bit(Pachanga Channel;) to the south.U can see this line and the islands from the end of Redwood Rd. Always a good barometer of the different ice conditions on this lake.....the south end can be frozen over for weeks before the top is. SOme years we can sled the south,and never get to the top for the whole season. The dangerous part is many who do not live here figger once the south is good,so is the north. This is rarely true! Always scares me when I see folks bombing off to Stills bay and Bass Lake house,tho the south has been good for a while,but I KNOW the north has been covered for only a day or two....and that happens most every year. Not this year....yet..no one has been out there...me and my kids are often the first....and if folks are waiting on us to get out there,they are gonna be sittin' for a while;) I can see a few spring-holes from my window off the north-west shore.....and that's where the better ice is.Bubblers are huge too. Judging by the fact my creek is running now(hard) and all that rain yesterday...spring holes everywhere...added to the not so very cold 14 day forecast.....I think we might be done. Folks tend to forget a couple things,and they affect this lake more than the other 2 big ones....there is so much water moving around in the bush this year from all the fall rains...and this lake is fed by springs....millions of them...with a high water table like we have now,the springs are pushing warm water up from the bottom like crazy. DId I mention the currents? Another good indicator of general ice health and prospects is Bala Falls. Looked,on saturday, like late March down there!..Thunderin' Jayzus today I bet;) Apologies if this sounds like grade 3....but there are just too many folks who think they know what they are doing out there...too many weekend warriors who ain't got a clue what they are talking about. And this lake is different....very different. Heck...I talked to an older neighbor the other day...he's gotta be 80 or close to it....sledded here from the beginning.......he was happy to hear we had 4-5 inches off the dock...said he 'should' be able to make it around Blackrock....so even the vetrans are getting itchy thumbs.^ inches off the dock can also mean 1 1/2 out there...somewhere. He might make it...but he goes so slow now on that 4stroke....... ))