The ice faired well through heavy rains last night and temperatures through tonight and tomorrow are supposed to be downright COLD. However, the rain and runoff has raised the water level on both Hamilton and Nessmuk. Please remember these reports are for your reference only. ALWAYS check conditions yourself before heading out onto any body of water. We did not check the Corps lakes, but their incoming creeks are all high and muddy. A dusting of snow has been falling, but most is blowing off the lakes quickly. Gusts 40+ mph are expected through today.
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Beechwood- Temps quickly dropped to single digits today and the wind was howling! There is some mushy slush at the launch, but a few steps out, the conditions improved. We measured about 5" here with the top inch or so being frozen slush and better ice underneath. The road and parking lot are not plowed and are slippery.
Hills Creek State Park- Access was no problem at either boat launch. There was a tiny bit of slop on the edge, but it was refreezing fast. Here too, we measured about 4.5-5" of ice with an inch and half or so of frozen slush/white ice and good clear ice underneath. A few people have been fishing both ends of the lake.
Hamilton- The lake is up and the water is really dirty. the edges are starting to refreeze and should harden in the next few days. We will check back next week.
Nessmuk- The birds are gone and the lake is solid ice. Water levels came up a little and the boat launch was too mushy to safely check ice any farther out. This should reharden quickly and we will check back next week. The water appeared quite dirty here too.
We will be open 8am-4pm Saturday, Christmas Eve, and closed Christmas Day to enjoy time with our families. We will not be responding to messages after 4pm Satuday, until Monday. Monday, we will resume normal hours for the rest of the month. Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm. Fri-Sun 6am-6pm.
Good luck and be safe out there. We look forward to a great start to ice season! Merry Christmas!