Northern Wisconsin/ U.P. Michigan Winter Campout?

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What location do you prefer for the Winter Campout?

Poll closed Wednesday at 7:29 PM.
  1. Crooked Lake, Watersmeet, MI

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  2. Bond Falls Flowage, Paulding, MI

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  3. Muskellunge Lake, Boulder JN., WI

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  4. Allequash Lake, Boulder JN., WI

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  5. Nixon Lake, Boulder Jn., WI

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  6. Willow Flowage, Harshaw, WI

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  7. Star Lake, Sayner/Star Lake, WI

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  8. Alternate Location- Please post a reply in the thread indentifying your alternate location

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  1. Scotchmon

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    @theNATIVEONE8 ,
    Phil do you think you may make it? Sure hope so!!
     
  2. theNATIVEONE8

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    Oh yeah! Ill be there, I’ll know more as we get closer to the date, as to exactly when and how long.
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    Well the ice and weather will have a lot to do with whether it happens so if I can come I will and if not hanging with the veteran group isn’t bad either
     
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    Im just hoping its not frigid cold. Cold within reason, not life threatening though. I wanna give the mss a run. The Veterans are a fine group Walter, no worries on that.
     
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  6. Scotchmon

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    Roger that! Time will tell.
     
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    I would make the best one ever! And cast iron on a campfire even. :)
     
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    I will have room for you in my tent, and can bring a cot for you to keep off the ground.

    No snuggling though!

    ( Unless it's real cold!)

    :18:
     
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    Haha!! im bringing the mss and as a back up or first option depending on the cold, the hammock.
     
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    There will still be a place if you need it. Plenty of room in it, and you can keep the stove going so I can get some sleep. :)

    In seriousness though, you will have a place to be warm if you need it.
     
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    I will also have a hot tent for sleeping, and we can squeeze in a person or two if they need to be warm at night. I also will have at least one heated portable ice shanty that will have heat during the day, so people will have a place to warm up.
     
  12. Scotchmon

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    I can bring an older sno-boat style which would seat 3. A Coleman lantern heats it nicely. Heck , one could easily sleep in that.
    I’ll probably leave the Clam flip over at home.
     
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    Thanks All!! I appreciate the generosity!!!
     
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    Was up at Bond Falls this weekend. Right now, there is 8-10" of good ice with minimal snow cover. It appears that as this time, ATVs and snowmobiles are moving all over the ice without difficulty. Fished in a new spot for about three hours and caught one legal walleye on the edge of weeds in about 6' of water.

    Although I have camped at the Day Beach before in the winter, technically it is not legal to do so and there are posted signs that say no camping. That is not to say that camp could not be made just off the shore on the ice, however, there are other locations where we can legally camp. The Day Beach is just the place where access to the flowage has been easiest in the past when there is deep snow. Parking is also limited at that location as more than 2 vehicles becomes a problem.

    There is a road that comes off Flowage Road on the North end of the flowage. It shows a lot of vehicle traffic in and out, and there are three designated campsites there. I drove in there yesterday with my 4WD truck without any problems. The campsites are on the flowage and I saw at least one picnic table and I know there is an outhouse there. If the road stays passible, this might be our best bet to be out of the way with trees for some protection on the shore. There is also the option of the boat launch on the N. end, where there are also some campsites right at the launch, but not much of a windbreak. The bay where that launch is located is also ringed with campsites that can be easily accessed from the ice with a short walk, and that are protected from the wind, depending on direction.

    I will continue to explore our options as the date draws near.
     
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    Thanks for doing the recon.
    Nice to see you picked up a legal walleye, too. Was that on a rod or tip up?
     
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    Tip up with a walleye sucker for bait. Had shiners out too, and did not get a bite.
     
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    Sounds like some good fish fry coming up in the near future. :)
     
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    So, just so I'm on the right page, did we decide Feb 8-9 or are we sticking with Feb 2-3?
     
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    THE CAMPOUT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO FEB. 8-10.
     

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