Monday, March 19th
Sled Season 2018 is on the books –but what a great season it has been! Our weather forecast over the next few days is anything but positive for our rapidly deteriorating trails, and groomers have packed it up for the season. Many trails are in not rideable condition, but if you are out there riding – please use caution as wet spots will re-develop with melting snow.
Delivering some of the best riding in the Country is not something that happens easily or overnight. It a long-term group effort fueled by a team of truly dedicated, hard-working and knowledgeable (stubborn) people. It’s a team of people who you can count on to GSD when it really matters and it’s those people who make the U.P. a unique and special place to visit and live. Thank you to everyone who played a part in making this season a success and a big show of gratitude to Mother Nature for her fabulous appearance! No matter how big or small your role may have been – your role is important – and it all makes a difference!
On behalf of our Gogebic Area Groomers, all our local area businesses, volunteers, members and supporters (Moonshine Riders) – we also want to thank everyone who came to ride our Gogebic Area trails this season! We know that you have a choice of where to ride – we are glad that you choose Lake Gogebic – and we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Gogebic Area Groomers have projects going on throughout the year, and we encourage (need) everyone to get involved. We will be clear and brushing trails throughout the Summer – so let us know if you’d like to lend a hand. You can also be a part of our efforts with a sponsorship of $30 for a single membership, $50 for a family membership and $125 for a business membership. These can be sent to “Gogebic Area Grooming” at “P.O. Box 409, Bergland, MI 49910”. We appreciate all donations/sponsorship and we will do our part in communicating our goals, efforts and accomplishments back to you.
This is Mary Beth at the Walleye Lodge – signing off for now – see you in the Fall!
Wednesday, March 14th
We are in Late Season riding with trails are in great shape and holding up well. With the exception of 8 East, all trails have been freshly groomed. Had guests leaving town this morning – and they just finished riding over 1,000 miles. Their comments: “relatively no bumps, very little traffic”. Spoke to Dave who is grooming on the South end of Lake Gogebic and he said that “all trails on the South end of Lake Gogebic are in excellent condition”. Groomer Boss Rick said 102 and 1 North were groomed yesterday and are in excellent condition. Trails closer to town receive a lot of traffic and become more challenging, but that is to be expected.
Groomers will continue to run as long as temperatures permit. If you are thinking one more trip – you need to pull the trigger – and there is definitely some good riding to be had.
Good morning! It is indeed a very good morning on Lake Gogebic. John Dee’s weather prediction won over and Mother Nature has delivered well over 4” of new snow since Tuesday. Posts from riders have been positive, so be sure to check out the various area pages (“Marenisco – perfect” “Trails are excellent). Groomers are out nightly and will continue to do so. Temps over the next 10 days or so are going to hover around the 30’s during the day and below freezing at night. Our Groomers take a lot of pride in being able to maintain lake season trails for your benefit. Please help us out by taking it easy on the trails, riding earlier in the day, and not riding where you know you should not be riding. There will be a lot of activity on the lake this weekend as Maple Ridge Bait and Tackle is hosting their 11th Annual Hog-A-Thon Tournament! Use additional care on the lake as there will be a lot of families and groups out there.
• All trails have been recently groomed – trails are hard and flat.
• Trail 1N to White Pine: good condition.
• Trail 8 East: Not groomed. Decent to Ewen, mostly dirt and gravel from there to Bruce Crossing
• Trail 8 West just groomed and in pretty good shape.
• Trail 102: Good and holding.
• Trail 13N: Good in the morning –choppy in the late afternoon. High traffic.
• Trail 13S from Root Cellar to Trail 2 and 100 – groomed and in excellent condition.
• Trails coming in to Bergland are challenging as there’s always so much traffic.
Get up here and enjoy – as the curtain is going to soon close on what has been an amazing season! Remember – when coming to any intersection: LEFT; RIGHT; LEFT!!
Thanks – and have a safe and great weekend from all of us here on Lake Gogebic!
Monday, March 5, 2018
Groomers were out over the weekend and they will be out again tonight. Current weather forecasts are across the board as John Dee’s forecast is calling for 2-6 inches of snow over the next 2 days, but local weather is showing about an inch or so. The riders that we had in-house over the weekend indicated that trails “were not TOO bad” and conditions are better than the temps are showing. Trails are deteriorating as you get into Bergland, and we do need an influx of new snow. 10 days of freezing and thawing have made for thin and icy trails, and groomers are filling bare spots with their “stockpiles”. If we don’t get the forecasted snow – you may want to trailer in or out. We are fortunate that our Groomers are resourceful and knowledgeable as they are keeping our trails in the best “late season” condition that they can so that we can enjoy for as long as we can! We’ll update you later this week.
Here’s what we got:
- Trail 13 South – very good shape with very few bare spots.
- Trail 1 S: groomed last night – good condition. Little to no bare spots.
- 1 North – snow covered; fair to good.
- Trails in town – not good
- East Shore Road is bare – not good travel.
- 8 East is bare in several spots; travel past Ewen is completely bare.
This is Mary Beth at the Walleye Lodge – pulling for one more week!
Wednesday, February 28
Gogebic Area Groomers are reporting all trails right now to be in good to excellent condition. Trails are very hard with all the thawing and freezing and there are some icy spots/corners. Groomers were out last night and every trail was groomed, and as long as temps drop below freezing – groomers will be able to get out. We’ve got a good base, our nights are cold, and there’s a fishing tournament at the Gogebic Lodge this weekend which will take a lot of traffic off the trails. We are experiencing typical late season conditions – temps in the 30’s during the day and teens at night. Reports are coming in across the board as we’ve got some riders coming back say that trails are excellent (13S) and others indicating that it’s rough as you get into Bergland (8 East). Reports are also all over the board as far as weather but the one I like best is John Dee’s which is calling for 8+ inches of snow March 4-9 so that’s what I’m going with.
Best advice for your weekend: get up early – get your riding done and then relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings and some of the most amazing sunsets anywhere!
This is Mary Beth from the Walleye Lodge trying to keep you updated with our late season, changing conditions! Have a great rest of your week!
Ice conditions on Lake Gogebic are great right now. Recommended method of travel is with snowmobile. Walleye fishing is open through March 15 while perch fishing remains open all year.
Fishing has been fairly good this past week with reports of some really nice perch being caught. People are targeting them in the deeper parts of the lake with a mud bottom. Wigglers are the most common bait of choice for these anglers that are specifically targeting the perch. Walleye fishing picked up a bit too. Some walleye are being caught in deep water near bottom while other anglers are targeting them in shallow weed in low light conditions under tip ups. The most common bait of choice is the sucker minnow but some people are finding some success using different jigging techniques.
Expect the bite to get better as we approach spring like conditions.
Remember while you are out there ice fishing to practice select harvest. We need to protect the resource in which we are taking from, take your time bringing those perch up out of deep water so they don’t blow their air bag and you can release them.
Thanks, Have A Great Day!! And Be Safe!
Monday, February 26th
We are heading into a warmup this week – but our Groomers are confident that they will be able to continue to groom nightly as temps are forcasted to be in the teens. We’ve got a lot of snow – so just have to weather these temps. Our Groomer Boss, Rick, has suggested that if you are going to ride this week – to get up early and get your riding done early. This will help you preserve the trails. We’ll do what we can – and as little as we can to keep the trails in good shape while not creating more slush. The good news is that temps will be in the teens at night. We’ll keep you updated as weather and trail conditions change. There’s a lot of snow forecast – so don’t put your sleds away just yet….don’t think we are done just yet!
This is Mary Beth at the Walleye Lodge – where we are looking forward to being able to enjoy this winter for a few more weeks! We are just asking you keep us in your thoughts as Jim was hospitalized this weekend and is over at Marquette General. He’s tough as a $2 steak – but a few prayers for him would not hurt!!!
Gogebic Lodge has their fishing tournament as well this weekend !
Friday, February 23rd
Woke up to the sounds of plow trucks and about 4″ of fresh snow! Groomers are out daily – and Trails 1 North, 8 East, 102 North, 8 West, 1 South and 13 have all been groomed. It’s going to be a great weekend – get out and enjoy all this fresh new snow!
This is Mary Beth at the Walleye Lodge – wishing everyone a safe and fun powder-filled weekend!
Trail 1 North
Trail 1 North
Received about 4” of snow Sunday and about 1-2” overnight on the North Shore of Lake Gogebic. Light to moderate snows are forecasted for the remainder of the week and the forecast is calling for below average temperatures.
Gogebic Area Groomers have reported that they are out on our trails daily and that everything is in good to excellent condition.
Chicago Dave in Marenisco sent us this photo taken today of 13S.
Trail Conditions as reported on Monday, February 12th:
- Trail 1N to White Pine: Excellent condition
- Trail 8 East: Excellent condition.
- Trail 8 West just groomed and in excellent condition.
- Trail 102: Good to Excellent
- Trail 13n: Good in the morning – bit choppy in the late afternoon. High traffic.
- Trail 13S from Root Cellar to Trail 2 and 100 – groomed this morning and in excellent condition.
- Trail 1 South – being groomed today.
Our last week of February 2018 is soon upon us and it’s looking to be good one!
Thursday, February 15th
Groomers are back out on the trail and have reported that there is plenty of snow on the trails and that yesterday’s warm up did not have a real negative impact on trails. Had a dusting of snow last night and it does appear that we are in for 8+ inches of snow starting on Monday! Temps will remain cold.
Casey sent these photos of when he was grooming early today and he said that all groomers will be out tonight.
- Access corridor 1/8 is in good to excellent condition
- Trail 1 N is in excellent condition
- Trail 102 also in good to excellent condition.
- Trail 13 N – Good in the a.m. – rough in the afternoon.
- Trail 8 East – fair to good to Ewen; after that it is in pretty rough shape.
- 13 S. to 100 all groomed this morning and in excellent shape
- Trail 1 to Presque Isle was also groomed early this morning – excellent.
- Trail 1 from Marenisco to West Shore will be groomed tonight and should be in excellent shape.
The weekend is here and it’s once again – very busy. Riders are being ticketed on M28. Please remember that there is no snowmobile travel on M28 as well as the railroad grade along the North Shore of Lake Gogebic. If it’s not a trail – don’t ride there 😊.
This is Mary Beth at the Walleye Lodge wishing everyone a really great weekend!. Don’t forget that the Snowburst Festival is at the Porcupine Mountains next weekend and you can find more information on their Facebook page!
Monday, February 12th, 2018
Woke up to about an inch of snow this morning. It’s a brisk, bluebird day today with cold temps and no wind – a great day to ride! John Dee’s forecast is calling for things to be fairly quiet for the next 2-3 days, with a sharp warming of temps into Wednesday. Cooler temperatures with the possibility of some light snows is forecasted to arrive by Thursday, and there’s 8+” in the forecast for Feb 16-21.
Gogebic Area Groomers are out on our trails daily. Our heavy weekend traffic makes continuous grooming somewhat of a challenge but trails are back in shape after the weekend (or they will be after tonight). We’ll see how the predicted mid-week warmup impacts our grooming schedule so check back with us for updated posts this week. Spoke with Casey from the Lake Gogebic Motel, who, in his spare time with his brother Jesse, are out grooming trails. Casey will be out riding and scoping out trail conditions this afternoon and he’ll be grooming 102 tonight, so watch for some posts from him 😊. Chicago Dave is down in Marenisco and reported in that he’s groomed 13S south yesterday and said that right now trails are looking good to excellent. Just know that are groomers are doing everything they can to ensure that they are grooming and maintaining our trails in a careful manner so that we can have good riding for the next several weeks. Please do your part to help out. Our guests had nothing but good comments about our trails this weekend – and even Tommy J. (one of our biggest critics) had commented that are trails were like “table tops”.
Trail Conditions as reported on Monday, February 12th:
- Trail 1N to White Pine: Good condition
- Trail 8 East: Good condition.
- Trail 8 West just groomed and in excellent condition.
- Trail 102: Bit choppy right now, but Casey will be grooming tonight and I’m sure we’ll see some footage 😊.
- Trails 13S from Root Cellar to Trail 2 in excellent condition.
- Trail 1: top half was groomed yesterday, Trail 1S from the West Shore Resort to Presque Isle – being groomed today. Good to excellent condition.
- Trail 100 at the South end of Lake Gogebic has been groomed from Trail 13 to the Slate River.
That’s all I got for now – be sure to check back as we’ll be updating our reports and you can also keep with our groomers at https://www.groomertracker.com/ . Call or email us your photos and comments at email@example.com . Don’t even think of putting those sleds away – we’ve got a lot of riding yet this season!
Mary Beth at the Walleye Lodge
Just got off the phone with our Groomer Boss, Rick, who was busy servicing one of the groomers at the time of my call. Since he was busy, he cut to the chase and said that all trails are in excellent condition – at least for the moment. Groomers are out daily – during the evenings – grooming almost every trail at least once a day. Lots of snow on the trails and our continued cold temps are helping to keep the snow in place. Watch out for icy corners and icy entrance/exits to corners. We had guests in who rode from here to Copper Harbor and back yesterday and they said “It was some of the best sledding of their life”.
Another rider had this to report: “Took trail 1 from Fishtales to marenisco- no moguls last excellent- took 2 west towards Wakefield . No moguls excellent- took 11s towards Wisconsin no moguls excellent. Trail 2 to 8 excellent. Trail 8 west towards Bergland a little bumpy but very rideable until I got on GAG’s portion of 8 it was excellent. Light traffic all the way. Excellent trails and a gorgeous day- regards- Tom
There’s going to be a lot of traffic up here this weekend – so best to hit it early. Gogebic Lodge is hosting the Moonshine Riders Radar Run which starts at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday. We’ll see you down there!
Feb 1, 2018 – Lake Gogebic
Woke up to snow today on the North end – about 3” and its’ still snowing! South end of Lake Gogebic also received a couple inches which will help out in thin areas. Forecast for weekend and next week looks to be cold (teens & single digits) with more snow coming in on Sunday and 8-12” forecasted for next week.
Kent, RIck and Greg Turnowski from the DNR out on our trails.
Yesterday one of our loyal reporters, Kent McDonough, went out on the trails with Rick Hissom (GAG Groomer Boss) and Greg Turnowski from the DNR. They were checking out signage and the South end of Trail 13. The DNR has given approval for us to reopen Trail 100 to East Shore Road which puts snowmobilers within a 1/4 mi of Lake Gogebic. Groomers are out on it right now and it is in good shape (4.5 mi from trail 13 to East Shore Rd).
- Trail 13: Good to very good.
- Trail 100 is open and has been groomed from Trail 13 to the East Shore Rd. From there you can follow left to Slate River/ Lake Gogebic and if you make a right you can run East Shore Road. Received some snow and hopefully that will cover bare spots in the roads.
- Trail 1 to Presque is in fair condition and recently groomed. Not much base and about ½ down dirt is showing. Trail 1 and 13 are being groomed frequently as we have stationed one of our groomers in Marenisco!
- Trail 1 N/Corridor 8: groomed and in very good condition.
- Trail 102 in good to very good condition.
- Trail 8 East has been groomed;
- 8 West was partially groomed today – in decent shape. Will resume groomed 8 W once blowing snow subsides.
There will be a lot of traffic out there on the trails this weekend. Be careful. Watch out for icy corners. Right now, we have a lot of blowing snow and some white out snow conditions – use caution and good judgement. There are a lot of families and kids around – not everyone is a seasoned rider!
Gogebic Lodge is planning for the radar run on February 10th. There is a stretch of about a mile that has been plowed for this event. WATCH FOR BERMS!
That’s it for now – this is Mary Beth from the Walleye Lodge where we are wishing you a powder-filled weekend!!! Please don’t hesitate to post your comments or photos and you can always shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan 30th – Lake Gogebic Area
- Temps for today and tomorrow will be in the teens and twenties but Thursday – Sunday our temps will be in the single digits and below zero at night.
- We’ve received over 120” inches of snow this year on the North Shore or Lake Gogebic; 2” in the last 24 hours. Snow is in the forecast today and Friday and John Dee’s forecast calls for 12”-24” Feb 4-8.
- All trails have been freshly groomed, conditions are good to very good with the exception of 1 South and 13 South.
- Top end of 1 is closed due to logging and there are signs for re-routes. Best to travel the lake south and exit at Fishtales or Gogebic Lodge to pick up Trail 1 South.
- Keep in Mind that you can’t cross the 100.
- Trail 13S to the Root Cellar is good. South end is thin and some bare, rocky spots.
Trail 102 this am groomed overnight and very good up to South Boundary road and to Lake Superior and Silver City.
- Corridor trail (1&8) in very good condition.
- Trail 13 gets a ton of traffic and is best earlier in the day.
PLEASE STAY ON TRAILS. WE HAVE BEEN GETTING COMPLAINTS THAT SOME HAVE NOT BEEN STAYING ON TRAILS, RIDING ON UNMARKED TRAILS CAN LOSE EASEMENT FOR OUR TRAIL SYSTEM SO PLEASE STAY ON TRAILS!!!!!!
Looking for some seasonal work – Gogebic Area Groomers needs your help!!! Great hourly rate! We could use some help!!!! Please contact via email if interested: email@example.com or 906-575-3557. Thanks!
Jan 25 – Lake Gogebic Area
Weather has been quiet since we received approx. 8” of snow earlier this week. Above average temps forecasted for Friday, but then dropping off after Saturday. Snow is the forecast for Sunday, Tuesday and much of the following weekend. Moderate temps for earlier part of next week – then single digits and below forecasted beginning around the 1st of Feb.
We are in for another busy weekend. The earlier you ride – the better the trails will be.
- Corridor trail (1&8) North of Bergland was groomed overnight as was Trail 1 North and Trail 8 West all reported as excellent.
- Trail 102 also groomed during the night – reported to be very good.
- Trail 13N was groomed yesterday but starting to get a little rough due to traffic.
- Trail 13S from Root Cellar to trail 2: recent 6” plus snowfall built up base on south half of trail 13 – no rocks – has been groomed.
- Trail 1 from Marenisco to Lake Gogebic- also just groomed. Beware on lake Gogebic in front of Gogebic Lodge they are now plowing a 1 mile strip for 1000 foot radar run Feb 10 – WATCH for BERMS!
Groomers are doing their best – please be safe – obey signage – stay to the right.
This is Mary Beth from the Walleye Lodge – where we are preparing for another busy, busy weekend of outdoor activity!!! Have a great and safe weekend!
Jan 22 Trail Conditions
Lake Gogebic trails are being groomed daily and reporting to be in good condition with exception of 13 South and 1 South which need more snow. We’ve got a storm coming with Forecast amounts at this time for 6-16” overnight ut. Currently, on the North Shore of Lake Gogebic we are seeing what we believe to be the start of this predicted snowstorm. Temps this week look to be below freezing every night so grooming should be able to continue throughout the week. A one day warmup is headed our way later this week, but it doesn’t appear that it will have mitigating effects on trails conditions. Lake travel has been great – just watch for slush pockets and use caution as always.
Be sure to SLOW DOWN! Stay RIGHT! STOP AT ALL STOP SIGNS!
Conditions are updated as we receive reports from the groomers. Please continue to check back on this site as well as well as our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Gogebicareagrooming/)
This is Mary Beth from the Walleye Lodge on Lake Gogebic where we are hoping that we get seriously dumped on with snow! Have a great week and we will hope to see you soon!
Jan 19 Update
Groomers where out in full force last week with the cold temperatures. This weekend, the temperatures are suppose to get to the high of 43 degrees on Friday and 32 degrees on Saturday. This makes it difficult to groom at these temperatures. We will be grooming at night when the temperatures get below freezing to setup the trails. You may get a smooth trail in the morning, but expect bumps during the afternoon hours. Hope everyone has a good weekend and stay safe while riding the trails. And remember to stay on your side of the trail and stop for stop signs.
Jan 15 Update:
Busy, busy weekend….lots of traffic out on the trails and lot of visitors in town. We’ve had reports of snowmobilers blowing through some of the stop signs on the railroad grade and such. Not only is this dangerous to yourselves, but to others who might be entering those intersections. We ask please that you observe the stop signs. The law enforcement is aware of this problem and will be cracking down on those acting so irresponsibly. Don’t be careless. Not. Even. Once.
That said – we can talk about our trails – which are pretty dang good right about now (on the North Shore of the Lake moreso than the South end that just needs more snow).
- Trail 13 South of the Root Cellar about one mile in the middle of the trail between 2 and Root Cellar – the trail is showing bare and there are some rocks. Majority of the trail is fair to good. Will be groomed tomorrow.
- Trail 1 from Marenisco to State Line is bare to fair. Lots of bare spots/rocks. Needs more snow.
- Marenisco to Gogebic Lodge & fFshtales – good at best – also needs more snow.
- Corridor 1 and 8 West – the trail is groomed every night. Tons of traffic. Had riders in that rode it this morning and said it was excellent. By noon it is rough and good at best.
- 8 East – same thing as above.
- There’s a stretch 3 miles before Ewen that needs more snow; it is rocky and has bare spots.
- 13 North is groomed nightly and riders also said that it was excellent this morning.
- 102 will be groomed tonight.
- Groomers continue to run nightly.
Jan 11 Update
The North Shore of Lake Gogebic has received over 8” of snow in the past 24 hours. It’s still coming down and there is snow every day in the forecast. It’s a wet snow – which is good for the trails. John Dee’s forecast shows 12-24” between Jan 16-20. Friday (today) is going to be cold with a -1 showing for projected low. Saturday is the day to watch out for as -12 is predicted to be the low and there is a whopping 3 for a high. Snow and cold; snow and cold. That’s all we see for the next several days in a row – forecast is calling for about an 1” or so each day.
Trails North of Bergland are all reporting good. Corridor trail 1 & 8 excellent
Couple of re-routes in place – check for signage.
8 West from highway 64 (7 miles to Where Wakefield grooms )- all very good – no sign of mud or wet spots.
8 East – not so good
Groomers were out last night and will be going out again tonight – temperatures permitting.
Sorry for the delay – it’s been busy here with all the traffic. We will update again Monday morning (ish).
Have a great weekend from Jim, MaryBeth and Anthony at the Walleye Lodge!
Jan 8th Trail Report
Good morning from Lake Gogebic where another great weekend is on the books!!! Last week we had about 24” or so inches of fresh powder on the North Shore of Lake Gogebic and last night we got a dusting of about 1”. This weekend there was a lot of traffic out on the trails, but the trails held up well and those of you who are still in the area or heading up today should have some good riding. All three groomers were out this weekend and they did the best they could considering the number of riders and Groomers were out last night. Guests leaving town on Sunday had a lot of good things to say about the trails and “mint” was all one guest had to say as he was packing up his gear on Sunday. Couple challenge spots – but nothing extreme. The good new is (and there is always good news) that our Groomers are on top if it and they know what they are doing. We have to trust their judgement and when they tell us something – we need to listen.
We’ll see our sub-zero temperature rise the beginning of this week and while we may even hit the freezing mark on Tues/Wed – we don’t imagine there will be any significant damage to trails. Groomers will continue to head out daily and should be able to keep the trails in good shape in spite of the “predicted” mid-week warmup. Temps will drop back to single digits and below by Thursday. There is also the potential for a pretty big winter storm later this week. John Dee is forecasting 8-12” of snow between January 10-14, with the potential for some more system and lake effect snows beyond that into the 3rd week of January. While we encourage everyone to keep their fingers and toes crossed – we do not recommend doing so while out on the trails!
Lake travel has picked up and Bergland Bay has about 11-12 inches of ice with some slush holes and everyone is encouraged to drive with caution. As you go into the big lake the ice seems solid from Porcupine Point down past the East Shore. Lake travel has not produced any incidents – but always use caution and keep a lookout for other snowmobilers and ice fisherman out there with their shacks.
Overall trails are in good to excellent condition – especially considering all the traffic over the past few days. There is definitely more snow on the North End and conditions are reported to be better on the North end of the lake than on the South end where snow is thinner.
Here’s where we stand as of today and we will update Wednesday night:
- Corridor 1 & 8 above Berland is holding up well with all the traffic.
- Trail 1 to White Pine is in good or excellent condition.
- Trail 13 North is in good condition; Trail 13 South to Trail 2 has not been groomed as there is not enough snow.
- Trail 8 West to Ewen is reported to be in good condition – and will be better once the groomers go through it after the weekend.
- A reminder our groomer broke thru mud last week on Trail 8 west of Bergland – and that trail is not recommended for good travel right now.
- Trail 1 from Gogebic Lodge to Marenisco, Forest road to Marenisco, Trail 2 out of Marenisco and Trail 1 to Presque Isle. Trails are groomed and reported to be in good to very good condition with a few thin spots near Marenisco.
- Trail 102 has been groomed and is in good condition.
While many of you are seasoned riders, there are a lot of snowmobilers and ice fishermen up here right now it’s best to err on the side of caution. Before heading out on the trails – make sure you are prepared and that you have a general plan for your day (understanding that sometimes the best plans are no plans 😊.) Dress in layers and cover all exposed areas. Check the weather conditions, pull out a map, and review the reports. Make sure you have enough fuel and plan where your next fuel stop is going to be before you leave. Make sure your phone is charged – and keep in mind that cell service may be sketchy in some areas. Pack a couple waters and some snacks. Let someone where you’re staying know what your plans might be. With all the visitors in the area, lunch and dinner times are very busy at the restaurants and taverns. It might be worth your while to ride during peak meal times and then you can dine after the rush!
Gogebic Area Grooming is continuously updating their Facebook page and our groomers and members are sending in photos and updates daily so it’s a great resource to dial in to. Post your comments, pictures and anything you encounter that might help someone else out. There are families and kids out there – so set a good example. We can’t control Mother Nature as she has a mind all her own – but we all work hard to make sure that your visit to the Lake Gogebic Area is a good time – every time!
This is Mary Beth from the Walleye Lodge on Lake Gogebic wishing all of you a great week and lots of snow!!!! Let’s hope Mother Nature gets real herself in a tizzy and sends us a lot of LES!!! Hope to see you soon!
If you have anything comments, you may send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment on the Gobegic Area Grooming Facebook page.
Forecast for the next few days is calling for single digits for highs and below zero for our lows with snow for the next 4 days and a foot predicted by Friday. Looking outside – it appears that we might just get dumped tonight as it is snowing pretty hard right now. The cold temps are doing a good job firming up the wet spots, but as you may have seen on the Gogebic Area Groomers Facebook page, we still have some places that still are wet (8 West).
Overall, trail conditions are very good to fair, with the good to excellent being in the Bergland area and North and the fair trails with thin snow coverage are those on the south end of the Lake. We are hoping that this snow help us out on the South end.
Trail highlights as of 1/2/18:
- Trail 13 North of Bergland is reported as very good – twice the snow and base as the South end of the Lake.
- Trail 1 going South from White Pine is also reported as very good.
- Corridor Trail 1 & 8 North of Bergland is rough and Trail 1 on west side of lake Gogebic going south.
- Trail 102 has had a lot of traffic but will be groomed tonight
- Trail 8 west of M64 we had a groomer go through last week – please be patient as we get this back in shape.
- Groomer was out on Trail 13 and there is little base and conditions are reported as fair.
- Trail 1 North of West Shore Resort is closed because of logging.
- Riders are out on the Lake – use caution as riders begin to develop travel patterns
- Groomers are out on the North end of Lake Gogebic daily and on the South end as snow conditions permit.
Temps on this Tuesday are cold with a balmy -17 below this morning. The good news (and there’s always good news) is that the trails are firming up nicely. We’ve received a couple inches over Christmas, there’s snow in the forecast for at least the next 5 days, and John Dee’s forecast calls for 12-24” between Dec 31 and Jan 4. Don’t want to jinx ourselves – so not going to make any predictions on our upcoming season 😊😊😊. Just do want to say a sincere thank you to the Gogebic Area Grooming team and all the volunteers who have showed up to help get trails in order. We’ve had some challenges as a result of logging operations, but crews have been out tirelessly in this weather working on the re-routes. We should have a map uploaded in the next day – so please check back. With the re-routes – it’s best to stay Bergland and North at this point.
- Trail 13 north towards Rockland, Trail 1 north to White Pine and trail 8 East to Ewen are all reported to be in good condition.
- Trail 13 North of the Root Cellar is closed due to logging. Riders will have to run E. Shore Rd. up to where Trail 13 comes into Trail 8.
- Trail 100 on the bottom of the lake is closed for the 2017-2018 season due to logging we are hoping it will reopen next season.
- Trail 1 South of West Shore Resort to Marenisco is open and has been packed, but needs more snow to groom.
- Trail 1 south from Marenisco to Presque Isle is open and has been packed but need more snow.
- Trail 13 south of the Root Cellar needs to be brushed.
- Use caution on the lake – check conditions before heading out.
It’s going to be cold this weekend and it’s going to be busy so be prepared and be safe. Keep your tank topped off, especially heading out on one of our longer trails, dress in layers, cover any exposed skin to protect against frostbite. If you are staying at the lodge – it’s a good idea to let us know what your route may look like for the day. You can pick up a trail bandana at many local area businesses and they identify all local places where you can get gas.
We look forward to seeing all of you this weekend and spending the New Years Eve weekend with us!
We just ask that you please read and observe the following as we just want to ensure a safe and fun experience for you and your families:
- Michigan Snowmobile Association has had a lot of calls about trespassing. Contrary to some beliefs snowmobiles are not allowed on power lines, gas lines or other utility corridors unless it is a marked groomed trail! If that is the case, the Grant Sponsor has been granted permission to have the trail there. It could make riding a lot less fun is permission were ever to be revoked.
- Boondocking: We know that boondocking has become a big hit with many snowmobilers, but if you are going to boondock, it’s your responsibility to KNOW WHERE YOU ARE! Just because you see a track do not assume that you are legal to ride there! Do not ride the railroad grade, or the highway on M28 as you will be ticketed.
- Follow the proper routes and comply with right of ways. Private and public parking lots are not there for your convenience. Please be respectful of private property and business owners who maintain their properties 12 months a year. If it’s not a designated snowmobile route, or not intended for your use – please don’t go there!
- In some instances, if the land is owned by the State of Michigan, you can ride there, but don’t assume if it is owned by the National Forest that applies also. It DOES not, and you will be ticketed.
- Ensure that you are following all traffic rules and complying with signage. It a sign says stop – it means that you should come to a full and complete stop! It does not mean that you should slow down and look both ways. It means to stop completely. Please be safe – we don’t want anyone getting hurt. This is a sport – intended to be fun.
- In this early season stay off any ice as it’s 8” in some spots and 2” in others with slushy areas. There are fishermen in the bay, but not in the big lake.
- Please don’t drink and ride! We want you coming back every year!!!
We will update trail and ice conditions on Tuesday morning, December 26th .
May you and your families have a wonderful holiday season and we will look forward to seeing you soon!
Dec 20th – Lake Gogebic Trail Update
Merry Christmas as we close in on the last few days before Christmas. We had sledders in and around the Lake Gogebic area last weekend and the reports ranged from “good” to “do you know where I can wash my sled?” Cold temperatures and snow are what’s really needed right now to take our conditions from “poor” to “good”.
Weather forecast shows temps dropping below zero so make sure you are packing those base layers in with your gear. The forecast is looking favorable and we are banking on the freezing cold to do its job. It’s currently snowing and has been all morning, and there’s snow in the forecast most every day over the next 10 days. Additionally, John Dee’s forecast is calling for 12-24” of snow between December 24-29th.
Groomers have been out and will continue to be out on the trails daily. We have two re-routes which we hope to have wrapped up by Christmas. There is signage out on the trails and we’ll post a map in a couple of days.
Current trail conditions are as follow:
- Trail 1 North to White Pine is reported to be in Good condition.
- Trail 13 North to Rockland is also reported as good and no major issues.
- Trail 1 North on the West Side of Lake Gogebic is temporarily closed.
- Trail 13 on the East side of Lake Gogebic is temporarily closed on the North portion and East Shore Road is being used as the temporary bypass.
- Trail 13 on the South end of the lake is temporarily closed as they are backfilling today and hope to have the trail open by the weekend.
- Trail 8 to Wakefield has very deep water holes and not recommended for riding until after Christmas when the water holes have had an opportunity to freeze up.
- 102 North – has a large hole that is also getting fixed today – use caution!
- Trail 8 East to Ewen is in fair condition with marginal snow.
Overall – the Lake Gogebic Area trails are reporting Poor Conditions until we get more cold temps to freeze up our swamps.
Ice Fishermen are out on the North end of the lake. Check for conditions before heading out.
Two areas experienced challenges due to conditions created by unforeseen logging and we are working on correcting these re-routes. While we are dependent upon cold weather and snow right now – we remain confident that me will have our trails groomed and operational by Christmas.