The weather was much warmer yesterday than we expected, which wreaked havoc on the trail conditions. Areas of Trail 7 on the railroad grade had standing pools of water in areas north of Mullett Lake and gravel along many other areas. The road edges receded, making road crossings and trailheads a mess. Trailheads became wet, slushy, and somewhat muddy. Winds were blowing yesterday but they felt warmer than on Wednesday. Most snowmobilers passing through had sleds on trailers–going to the U.P…A couple brave souls rode our wooded loop and reported icy corners and overall deteriorating conditions. By early last night temps were down to 30. This morning we were in the teens and are up to 23 now. Our predicted high today is only 24; problem is we have no fresh snow. Yesterday’s slush and water is now crunchy, slick ice. I’m sorry the news isn’t better…If you have an ATV/SSV this is the weekend to venture out! Of course there’s ice fishing too. Let’s make the most of what we have this holiday weekend and enjoy the outdoors.
If you’re interested in supporting local grooming please visit www.justgroomit.org or stop by Burt Lake Marina for details on joining the Indian River Snowmobile Grooming club with a membership donation. We have hats and t-shirts (short & long sleeve) for sale too. Even when we can’t groom we still have operational expenses like insurance, two-way radio communication subscriptions, equipment repair, utilities and more. Thanks to member donations we’re almost done with interior/finish construction at our new equipment barn! We now store and work on the grooming equipment only yards from the DNR trailhead. Your support makes all the difference and we couldn’t do it without you. Thank you!