Lake Gogebic, Marenisco, Bergland, Michigan, Snowmobiling and Snowmobile Trail Reports

Lake Gogebic is Michigan's largest inland lake located in the far western end of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  The north half of the lake is in Ontonagon County, Bergland Township, and the Eastern Time zone. The south half of the lake is in Gogebic County, Marenisco Township, and the Central Time zone.  In 13,380 acres of prime fishing water, there are walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, jumbo perch and some whitefish.

This region is also a prime hunting hot spot for deer, bear, small game and birds. Families will enjoy Lake Gogebic's summer water sports, camping, sightseeing and hiking the surrounding timberland. Winter is a "world of its own" with an annual snowfall of nearly 300 inches. Lake Gogebic is situated within a vast snowmobile trail system extending throughout the Upper Peninsula. Cross country ski trails are abundant and five major downhill ski facilities are less than a hour's drive. It is a great place to use snowshoes.


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Lake Gogebic, Marenisco, Bergland, Michigan Snowmobiling and Snowmobile Trail Conditions Reports
March 27th, 2016 Although we held out hope that we might receive enough snow, and cold, for a late March ride it just didn’t happen. I guess it’s time to throw the towel in on this snowmobile season. But we’d like to send out a big thank you to all who came and enjoyed our beautiful area and we’d like to invite you back again to experience our phenomenal summers. If you’ve only seen our area in winter it’s hard to imagine just how beautiful and lush it becomes in the summer. Imagine our beautiful blue lake in the summer, sparkling under a warm sun – boating, fishing, kayaking, water skiing, tubing, canoeing, swimming – it’s all here on Lake Gogebic. An uncrowded, unspoiled bit of nature. And when you’re done on the lake there’re miles of trails to hike, dozens of waterfalls to experience and many more sites to explore. Off road riding has increased in popularity and with it an increased effort to put together a trail system comparable to the best. You won’t be disappointed! It’s an amazing way to get out into our million acre Ottawa National Forest and enjoy yourself. So, once again, thank you for visiting our beautiful area and we look forward to seeing you all back up here again soon. For additional information on our area please visit us at www.lakegogebicarea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 12:09:38 (PDT)
March 3rd, 2016 Trails are in great shape with the groomers out on all trails each day this week. Today looks to be the last day with daytime temps low enough to daytime groom but nighttime temps should be cold enough through Saturday for grooming overnight. This will most likely be your last chance for some good riding this season so head on up for one more weekend. The forecast over the next 2 weeks shows daytime temps into the 40’s each day and only about 1 nighttime temp below freezing. You never know though – we could still get a blizzard between now and the end of March sometime, but I’d say it’s pretty certain that we’ll be done grooming after this weekend, if the forecast is correct. Keep checking back through the month and I’ll keep you posted if anything changes. The trails are officially open until March 31st so don’t completely count us out just yet. After all, we’ve had a snow storm that brought us about 2 feet of snow for Mother’s Day one year VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam. They may still be trucking logs out over a portion of Trail 102 and 13 South, so continue to watch out for logging trucks and always give them the right of way for your safety and for the privilege of riding on the logging company’s property. Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Thursday, March 03, 2016 at 14:40:40 (PST)
February 29th, 2016 About 6-inches of new snow over Sunday night and much colder temperatures mean we have been grooming since early Sunday morning. We should be back to 3 working groomers again by this afternoon. The forecast through this week, with nighttime temps down as low as below zero mean trail conditions should be greatly improved. It’s looking more and more like this may be the last week and upcoming weekend for snowmobiling this season with highs next week running into the 40’s and even 50 with rain showers. So head on up for one more ride of the season this week. I will keep an eye on our local weather forecast for you and keep you posted as to any changes. VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam. They may still be trucking logs out over a portion of Trail 102 and 13 South, so continue to watch out for logging trucks and always give them the right of way for your safety and for the privilege of riding on the logging company’s property. Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Monday, February 29, 2016 at 10:33:13 (PST)
February 28th, 2016 Wow – we made it through a very warm weekend with a LOT of traffic. Local temps were recorded at 51 degrees! On the 27th of February!!! Trails are not in good condition due to these factors. And, we’re down a groomer again. I seriously think we’ve been jinxed this year. The good news is at least it is colder now and has been snowing since this morning with more snow in the forecast through tomorrow. We are grooming, but it is a battle at this point with a lot of damage done to the trails over this last weekend. The temps look good through this next week until – yes, you guessed it - the weekend. We should be able to get through at least one more weekend of snowmobiling but beyond that, unless the forecast changes, it doesn’t look good. We’ll be watching the weather closely for you and will let you know as we go how it looks. VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam. They may still be trucking logs out over a portion of Trail 102 and 13 South, so continue to watch out for logging trucks and always give them the right of way for your safety and for the privilege of riding on the logging company’s property. Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 11:17:00 (PST)
February 26th, 2016 GREAT NEWS – We now have 3 groomers operating once again!!! Although the temperature is a bit high for grooming we are heading out where we can (the areas that will see the least amount of sun) and the expected temps for tonight and tomorrow night look cold enough for overnight grooming. The high for Saturday is still going to be way too warm for daytime grooming (44 at last count). Sunday is calling for a cold down with snow expected to bring upwards of approx. 6-inches over Sunday and Monday. Most of next week looks good temperature wise and even into next weekend. However, this next 10 days may be your last chance to do some riding as the long term forecast is calling for a warm up into the second week of March. Guess we’ll have to wait and see – who knows? Maybe we’ll get one of those Alberta Clippers we love to get. Overall trail conditions will run about fair – warm weather coupled with the mechanical problems haven’t helped too much. VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam. They may still be trucking logs out over a portion of Trail 102 and 13 South, so continue to watch out for logging trucks and always give them the right of way for your safety and for the privilege of riding on the logging company’s property. Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Friday, February 26, 2016 at 11:55:32 (PST)
New update - we've got 2 groomers going now and hope to have the 3rd going by tomorrow night! Yes!!!
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 13:29:04 (PST)
February 25, 2016 First off, Gogebic Area Grooming takes care of the trail system surrounding Lake Gogebic, not the chamber of commerce as some believe. We have had some mechanical problems on 2 groomers this week, unprecedented to have this happen to 2 of them at the same time, but there you are. Stuff happens. One of our groomers had to be sent back to the dealer to have repairs but should be back to us hopefully by Friday. We had to get an “ok” from the DNR on funding before the repair could be made due to the cost of the repair. We are working with a loaner groomer right now, 1 groomer covering 150 + miles. We made an agreement with 2 surrounding grooming entities to cover some of our trails – and we paid them to do this. We do not usually post reports of groomers down as people read this and then believe it to be a permenant problem. They will be repaired, probably within a day or two. Please keep that in mind. The trails are not up to our usually standards of excellence at this time – mostly due to weather conditions, high traffic in our area (as always) and groomer mechanical problems. We are not happy about this – this is not what we want and we are doing the best we can under these conditions. All this work, taking care of ordering, taking care of grant work, taking care of paying bills, taking care of paying groomer drivers, filing taxes, taking care of insurance, taking care of easements, taking care of organizing all things grooming that goes on year round, and best of all; taking care of calls to people who have nothing better to do but complain in an unconstructive way is all done by, for the most part, 4 people. George and Carolyn Maves at the Hoop ‘N Holler Tavern and Ken and Gail Scott (not business owner). No help from most of the businesses, no help from most of those that claim to love the sport. We are the same 4 people who have done this for over 2 decades. So for better or worse, and of course we usually only hear about the worse, these are the people who do all the work, for not one penny. Something to think about before sending in nasty complaints next time!
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 09:57:46 (PST)
February 25, 2016 We just can’t seem to break this winter’s pattern of cooler temps during midweek followed by a warm up for the weekend. This upcoming weekend’s forecast is calling for temps to rise into the 30’s on Friday and mid 40’s on Saturday – this is beyond frustrating for all! If you can push your trip to the beginning of next week conditions should be improved as temps are expected to drop beginning Sunday thru to mid week with additional snowfall. The good news is we are getting snow right now, I even heard the words “lake effect” thrown out there, which could mean some measurable amounts. If the forecast comes true for this weekend we should be able to groom Friday night and hopefully Saturday night, if temps drop below freezing. However, grooming during the daytime will not be possible as this will do more harm than good to the trails. VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam. They may still be trucking logs out over a portion of Trail 102, so continue to watch out for logging trucks and always give them the right of way for your safety and for the privilege of riding on the logging company’s property. Also, continue to watch for logging traffic on a portion of Trail 13 south. Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip!
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 07:55:40 (PST)
February 21, 2016 The groomers are back out again with temperatures dropping down enough to allow for grooming, however the trails will still be in pretty rough shape until we can get some additional snow as we saw a lot of melting and refreezing over this last weekend. Temps look to run a little warm again mid week but this is predicted to drop again by Thursday with much colder night temps later in the week. Looks like conditions should be good for this last weekend in February. Hopefully we’ll hang on all the way through March for lots more snowmobiling! VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam. They may still be trucking logs out over a portion of Trail 102, so continue to watch out for logging trucks and always give them the right of way for your safety and for the privilege of riding on the logging company’s property. The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Please keep in mind that the logging companies have granted us easement to run our trails on their property so we have to respect the signing and stay out of their way or risk losing the easement. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip! *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolym at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 08:52:28 (PST)
February 19, 2016 Unfortunately, the forecast is coming true and we are experiencing some much warmer than normal temps this weekend. We will not be able to groom during the daytime hours with temps over 30 degrees. That includes Friday night if the temps stay as high as predicted. Rain is in the forecast for Friday; however this is expected to be followed by snow showers on Saturday. Sunday should bring a change back to the 20’s (sure – after the weekend riding is over). At this time we have plenty of snow for riding however the conditions will not be the best this weekend with temps running so high and grooming not possible under these conditions. VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYOND THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam. No problems to report on any trails at this time, however continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety... The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Please keep in mind that the logging companies have granted us easement to run our trails on their property so we have to respect the signing and stay out of their way or risk losing the easement. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip! *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Friday, February 19, 2016 at 08:19:57 (PST)
February 16, 2016 After a very busy holiday weekend with heavy traffic the trails are back in nice condition with all three groomers running. We have lots of snow, which is a good thing since the forecast is calling for some very unseasonably warm temperatures for this weekend – with a chance of rain! Yikes!! However, the local forecaster says the Western U.P. may be spared this warm front. If that’s the case the precipitation will be lots of snow…cross your fingers, again. What a crazy winter for sure! I’ll keep you updated as conditions change throughout the week. VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYONE THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam. No problems to report on any trails at this time, however continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety... The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Please keep in mind that the logging companies have granted us easement to run our trails on their property so we have to respect the signing and stay out of their way or risk losing the easement. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip! *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 09:40:13 (PST)
February 12, 2016 Predictions have come true and we’ve got what’s stacking up to be some of the best conditions of the winter on our trails. Some very cold temps, lots of snow (and more on the way) and groomers running around the clock, day and night. We’ve added another 6 – 8 inches of new snow over the last 24 hours with lots of blowing snow – visibility is not good, please use caution. WE ARE CURRENTLY UNDER A LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY FOR ONTONAGON COUNTY. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO GUST UP TO 40 MPH TODAY... HIGHEST NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR. LEADING TO INCREASED BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES TO ONE HALF MILE OR LESS. WIND CHILL READINGS WILL CONTINUE TO BE AS LOW AS 25 BELOW ZERO THROUGH TONIGHT. WIND CHILL VALUES TO 25 BELOW ZERO CAN LEAD TO FROST BITE ON EXPOSED SKIN IN AS LITTLE AS 15 MINUTES. Be sure to practice safety measures when heading out. Always try to 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 and it’s always a good idea to head out with a buddy or a the very least let someone know your planned route. Do expect some pretty heavy traffic this holiday weekend as quite a few of you have a 3 day weekend. Please use extra caution out on the trails as a lot of the sledders will be families with younger riders. Always ride to the right, single file – especially on corners to avoid accidents as well as reducing speed. VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYONE THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam. No problems to report on any trails at this time, however continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety... The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Please keep in mind that the logging companies have granted us easement to run our trails on their property so we have to respect the signing and stay out of their way or risk losing the easement. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sleds on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good ride able condition. We appreciate the help you can give. Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip! *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Friday, February 12, 2016 at 14:00:32 (PST)
February 12, 2016 Predictions have come true and we’ve got what’s stacking up to be some of the best conditions of the winter on our trails. Some very cold temps, lots of snow (and more on the way) and groomers running around the clock, day and night. Do expect some pretty heavy traffic this holiday weekend as quite a few of you have a 3 day weekend. Please use extra caution out on the trails as a lot of the sledders will be families with younger riders. Always ride to the right, single file – especially on corners to avoid accidents as well as reducing speed. We’re expecting some very cold nighttime temps so be sure to practice some safety measures when heading out. Always try to 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 and it’s always a good idea to head out with a buddy or a the very least let someone know your planned route. VERY IMPORTANT -We want to remind all to be sure to exit the lake at the Bergland Dock – DO NOT RIDE BEYONE THIS POINT. We think some of you may have mistaken the cell tower with its red flashing light in the distance as a spot to ride to – which will take you right to the dam. No problems to report on any trails at this time, however continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety... The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Please keep in mind that the logging companies have granted us easement to run our trails on their property so we have to respect the signing and stay out of their way or risk losing the easement. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sleds on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good ride able condition. We appreciate the help you can give. Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip! *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 20:59:29 (PST)
February 9, 2016 Our area has received around 12+ inches of snow over the last day and a half with a possible 6+ inches additional snow expected through today. We are currently under a lake effect snow warning with blowing snow causing difficult driving conditions. So please reduce speeds and use caution as visibility may be diminished. All three groomers are currently out grooming on all 150+ miles of our trail system and with the next 4 days expected to only top out in the single digits the trails should really hold a groom well. No problems to report on any trails at this time, however continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety... The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Please keep in mind that the logging companies have granted us easement to run our trails on their property so we have to respect the signing and stay out of their way or risk losing the easement. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sleds on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good ride able condition. We appreciate the help you can give. Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip! *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Tuesday, February 09, 2016 at 09:50:00 (PST)
February 8, 2016 Another busy record weekend with temps reaching into the 30’s didn’t do our trails any favors – however, this next week is looking like a dream for great trail conditions! Snow showers in the forecast for the next 5 days with a possible significant snowfall on Tuesday over our higher elevation area at the north end of Lake Gogebic and areas north of Lake Gogebic. Temps will be dropping all the way down into the single digits for highs this week and below zero for nighttime temps. These are the conditions we’ve been waiting for – these will all add up to great trail conditions this week and most importantly this busy holiday weekend coming up. We have all three groomers going on all trails and there shouldn’t be a bad trail out there by Tuesday or Wednesday with the change in weather conditions. We received another 4 – 6 inches of new over last night on top of several inches from the night before and it’s still snowing as I’m writing this. I think we’re in a weather pattern where we’ll probably see constant snow over much of this week. Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety... Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic as well. I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sleds on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good ride able condition. We appreciate the help you can give. Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip! *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Monday, February 08, 2016 at 07:13:54 (PST)
February 6, 2016, 2016 Once again we’re experiencing warmer than normal temps on a weekend – honestly, what’s going on here? That said weather predictions are looking excellent for the next 2 weeks beginning Monday. MUCH colder, and more like it, temps – highs in the teens and lows as low as below zero numbers! YES!!! This will create terrific grooming conditions. Plus, there are predictions for snow every day except 2 days over the next 14 days. How great will that be for Presidents weekend?! Right now we have our 3 groomers running mostly in late afternoon/evening/early morning runs with this Saturday & Sunday temps too high to allow for daytime grooming. But, come this next week when we get the arctic blast they’re predicting our groomer drivers should be able to be out day and night. Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety... Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic as well. I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sleds on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good ride able condition. We appreciate the help you can give. Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). From all of us here at Lake Gogebic we hope you have a great ride and a safe trip! *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Saturday, February 06, 2016 at 11:30:30 (PST)
February 3, 2016, 2016 About a foot of new snow since yesterday and it’s still coming down! Groomers are out now, be watchful as blowing snow may make visibility an issue. Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety... Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. The logging on a portion of Trail 13 south has been reduced already to about a mile of that section, south of the Root Celler. Reduce speed through this area and watch for truck traffic as well. All trail conditions will improve with this newest snowfall and there is more almost every day over this next week. The important news is the temps expected to drop into the single digits tonight and teens through the next few days. This will really help freeze the trails up after grooming to keep them in really good shape longer. I know some of you would like to hear me say that this trail or that trail were just groomed or are in good condition or in bad condition – but I just won’t do that. It would be a useless thing to write as conditions can change too quickly. By the time you read this and headed over to a trail reported to of just been groomed 200 sleds or more could have ridden across it and tore it up. I will say this though, we groomed upwards of 300 hours just last week alone. And for those complaining that they don’t see groomers out at night, it just may mean that the groomers just weren’t where you were. We have over 150 miles of trails to groom and only 3 groomers to get it done. It’s a process and we are all doing the best we can. I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sleds on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good ride able condition. We appreciate the help you can give. All that said, we look forward to another busy Super bowl weekend here at Lake Gogebic and hope you have a great trip visiting our area. Please ride safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Wednesday, February 03, 2016 at 10:09:02 (PST)
February 1, 2016, 2016 We’ve just been given permission by the DNR to double groom trails 8 West, 8 East and 1 North each day – which actually amounts to 4 grooms as each time we run these trails it’s a “there and back” groom, which we’ll get to do twice a day when temps and time allow. Remember that we have approx. 150 miles of trails to groom and if we only have temps that allow us to groom at night and the groomers only travel at about 4 miles an hour….well, you do the math. Just remember that we’re doing the best we can with what Mother Nature has given us this year. Ridiculously warm temperatures over this last weekend didn’t do us any favors for trail conditions. Luckily we did get all that snow last week so almost all of our trails still have snow cover. Grooming cannot be done if temperatures are above 30 degrees, period. I’m not going to go into all the details of why and what damage it would do to the trails but trust me it wouldn’t be helpful to the trails. Ideally we would like to see temps in the teens for highs and into the minus temps for lows to really make the trails hold up a groom, but that’s just not happening this year (thanks a lot el Niño). We are in line for snow from Tuesday afternoon thru Thursday – no one ever seem to know exactly how much we’ll get due to the higher elevation in our area, but there is a possibility of upwards of 10-inches over the span of a few days. Temp highs should be in the low 20’s (not bad) and lows in the teens for the remainder of this week. Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety... Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. And now we have some logging to report on south of the Root Celler on Trail 13 South. Until we do get some new snowfall there is a stretch of about 2 miles that will be pretty bare. As on Trail 102, please watch for logging trucks and always give them the right of way. Due to last weekend’s warm temps you will most likely find some bare areas on our southern most trails (1 South coming up from Presque Isle, WI to the lake, 13 South coming up from Trail 2 and 100. We’re sorry, but there is nothing that can be done about this until more snow falls in this area. I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sled on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good ride able condition. We appreciate the help you can give. Wish I had better news for you all, but please know that we are all working as hard as we can to get the trails in good condition – we just can’t make snow or cold temps, and that’s all this boils down to. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Monday, February 01, 2016 at 19:50:51 (PST)
January 28th, 2016 Total snow accumulations since Tuesday night are almost up to 2-feet now, however, predictions for this weekend are calling for highs to top 36 on “Saturday and 34 on Sunday. IF we get these temperatures the trails will be wet and will not hold a good groom and grooming will only be done over the nighttime hours. Forecasts are calling for additional snow thru Friday night with decent temps so maybe it will all hold together to get us thru this warm weekend. Next week looks much more promising with high temps dropping into the teens by mid week. I know some of you will not want to hear this but the way you ride on the trails dramatically impacts the condition of the trails. “Goosing” your sled on corners results in throwing all the snow off the corners, causing bare conditions and making the groomer have to spend extra time trying to plow snow back onto the corners. “Goosing your sled wherever you stop and start again creates moguls, sometimes into driveways. These are just a few things you can change to help keep the trails in good rideable condition. We appreciate the help you can give. Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 14:40:14 (PST)
January 28th, 2016 Although we received about 6 – 8 inches of snow from Tuesday night thru Wednesday morning and so far Wednesday night we’ve received almost a foot of new snow (at least at the north end of Lake Gogebic) predictions for this weekend are calling for highs to top 36 on “Saturday and 34 on Sunday. IF we get these temperatures the trails will be wet and will not hold a good groom and grooming will only be done over the nighttime hours. The beginning of February looks to finally be bringing in some more winter like conditions. Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 22:29:17 (PST)
January 26th, 2016 Groomers were pulled in overnight to have new radios installed through the 911 fund to help out in case of any emergencies on the trails. Whether that be for our drivers or snowmobilers. So, yes, this means they haven’t been grooming since last evening but this is only a small break in our grooming schedule and it’s for a very smart cause. They should be back out by this afternoon. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, but please bare with us. Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 11:13:20 (PST)
January 25th, 2016 Snowfall report: 3-inches expected tonight, 3-inches tomorrow and 3-inches the next day with more snow Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Temperatures look pretty good until Saturday & Sunday (of course) with temps rising up to the low 30’s. Trails are looking very “sugary” right now with the recent temps in the high 20’s. Some bare conditions as you head to the south end of the lake and south of the lake so grooming may be suspended in these areas until more snowfall. Grooming is mostly being done during late afternoon/overnight hours right now so your best ride will be early in the day. Next week looks a lot more like a normal winter with temps dropping into the teens for highs and single digits for lows. This will go a long way to helping the trails hold a groom – so cross those fingers! Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Monday, January 25, 2016 at 20:30:44 (PST)
January 23rd, 2016 Well, the temperatures rose a little too much and we’ve been slammed with a lot of traffic, both of which are going to impact the quality of the trails right now. However, we are out grooming over all trails continuously but due to the high volume of sleds expect conditions to run from fair to good. Cooler temps and more snow are in the forecast through the week with a possibility of a return to unseasonably warm temps next weekend…we hope the predictions are wrong. Continue to watch for logging truck traffic over a portion of Trail 102, and always remember to respect the trucks and give them the right of way at all times – for your safety. No problems to report on any of our other trails at this time. Please remember to always ride to the right and single file to prevent accidents, especially on blind corners. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 16:39:21 (PST)
January 19th, 2016 Wow – what a blustery white out we had last night! Another 5-inches or so of new snow, kind of hard to tell how much exactly as it was really blowing. Very cold, again, last night, which really helped firm up our trails. A snowmobiler just reported to us that Trail 8 west is “beautiful”, the wet area has frozen up and the trail is in great shape now. More snow is in the forecast periodically throughout the week. Temps will start rising from the subzero numbers we had over the weekend to the teens and then low 20’s thru the week. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). *I’ve been asked to post the following as a public service to all snowmobilers so you can make adjustments before heading out. MICHIGAN DNR REMINDS SNOWMOBILES OF SOUND DECIBEL LIMITS The MDNR are reminding snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. The conservation officers will be enhancing statewide efforts to enforce the law. The muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the 88 decibel limit. A factory installed muffler system will meet these standards. The penalty for violating the sound levels is a civil infraction with fines up to $250.00. Half of our trails are on private lands and are at the discretion of the landowner. “Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.” said Ron Yesney, Recreation Specialist with the MDNR. Also, no colored lens covers may be used in Michigan on snowmobiles. For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10:44:14 (PST)
January 18th, 2016 Another 6 to 8-inches of snow over Sunday afternoon to Monday morning with some pretty brutal temperatures! But, good news for the trails – we need the severe cold and the snow to keep freezing those wet spots. Traffic was very heavy this last holiday weekend but the groomers are out on all trails with drags attached working hard to get the trails in shape. Temps will be warming into the low 20’s for most of the week but lows look to remain mostly in the teens, giving us some excellent riding weather! We have more snow in the forecast throughout the week with the most snow falling over the higher terrain areas from the north end of Lake Gogebic and into the hills north of the lake. More snow in the forecast for tonight into tomorrow morning with additional snowfall throughout the week periodically. Temps will start rising from the subzero numbers we had over the weekend to the teens and then low 20’s thru the week. We are still working to fill a wet area on 8 west near the county line and a wet spot on trail 1 south. We advise against riding along the highway to avoid the wet area on 8 west as many sleds have been doing. This poses a safety hazard to sleds and cars and you may be ticked by law enforcement. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Monday, January 18, 2016 at 10:59:07 (PST)
January 17th, 2016 We’ve got the very cold temps and have received an additional snowfall of approx. 4 – 6-inches over the last couple of days – all of which really helps with any lingering wet areas we’re dealing with on any of the trails. The groomers are out on all trails with drags attached. The heavy traffic we expected over this weekend didn’t disappoint, which made it difficult to keep the trails in top shape – but we’re trying. As we’ve stated before, your best ride will be early in the day as a lot of the grooming takes place overnight and heavy traffic can tear the trails up quickly. More snow in the forecast for tonight into tomorrow morning with additional snowfall throughout the week periodically. Temps will start rising from the subzero numbers we had over the weekend to the teens and then low 20’s thru the week. We are still working to fill a wet area on 8 west near the county line. This spot can be avoided by going around this area. However, we advise not riding along the highway as many sleds have been doing. This poses a safety hazard to sleds and cars and you may be ticked by law enforcement. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 09:09:13 (PST)
January 15th, 2016 It’s all looking good for a busy weekend on our trails. The weather is cooperating with highs expected in the single digits over the next few days and more snow in the forecast for this weekend, as well. Saturday and Saturday night are expected to receive the most of amount of snow, especially over the snow belt area around the north end of the lake and north of the lake. We’ve received about 4 to 6-inches of new snow almost each day this week, giving us a nice base. Groomers are out on all our trails with drags attached! Trail conditions run from fair to good overall, however, continue to watch out for some wet conditions in spots on most of the trails. There was a wet area south of the Hoop ‘N Holler on trail 1 south that was giving us some problems but has since frozen over. Groomers are not driving over this area until it becomes more frozen but sleds are able to travel through this section. There is a very wet area on trail 8 west near the county line. This can be bypassed by running around the wet area but we recommend not running along the highway as many sleds have been doing. This poses a safety hazard to sleds and cars and you may be ticked by law enforcement. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Friday, January 15, 2016 at 09:37:18 (PST)
January 12th, 2016 Weather conditions are improving by the hour! We’ve received approximately 8-inches of snow over the last 36 hours and it is continuing to snow as I write this. Extremely cold temps over the last few days will be changing over to highs in the low 20’s for most of the remainder of the week with a return to subzero temps this upcoming Sunday. More snow is in the forecast for just about every day with the most amount forecast for Saturday (5-8-inches of additional snow). The groomers are continuing to try to fill in any wet problem areas. There is a large wet hole on the south end of 13 south, between the lake and Trail 2, but our drivers are doing their best to fill it up. The groomers have been on Trail 8 west, but watch for some wet areas near the county line along Hwy. 28. Trail 102 is in pretty good condition but watch out for logging trucks hauling lumbar – please give the trucks the right of way at all times. Trail 1 south is in fair condition with some wet areas between Fishtails and the Hoop ‘N Holler Tavern. Sleds should be able to get through this area but so far we haven’t been able to get the groomers through this section. Trail 13 north has been groomed and should see another groom over the next couple of days. The railroad grade east of Bergland, Trail 8 east, is in good condition and has been groomed. There is a rather large wet hole north of Bergland to watch out for – but again, our drivers are doing everything they can to fill these problem areas in and freeze them down. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 13:21:37 (PST)
January 7th, 2016 Finally, the forecast is calling for more normal winter weather! Snow is in the forecast, starting Wednesday, for each day for the next 2 weeks (at this time). No big storms predicted at this time, but we know from experience how quickly that can change. Bitter cold temps coming by Sunday with only single digits for highs – this is very good as we need these temps to freeze up any wet areas on the trails. However, if you are in the area take precautions against frostbite and always ride with a buddy. Cross your fingers that this all means winter has finally arrived in big snow country. With many of the trails in poor condition at this point you might like to look to the “un-plowed Forest Service roads” for some riding. You may have to trailer to them but you may also save yourself some wet rides to get to them otherwise. Check in at the Ironwood, Watersmeet or Ontonagon Forest Service building to get more info on where you can legally ride. We received about 3-inches of new snow last night, presently snowing, approx. 3-inches expected on Friday with another 3 on Saturday. I will keep you posted with any updates on the weather and on the trails. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC).
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
Merriweather, MI USA - Thursday, January 07, 2016 at 10:46:57 (PST)
March 26, 2015 Ok, I did promise to let you snowmobilers know if we received anymore measurable snow this month…and we have. Probably about 8-inches with a bit more expected in our area tonight or maybe Friday a.m... However, it is supposed to warm up to about 40 on Saturday and creeks and streams are open, so if you come please avoid or use caution in these areas. Trails are still officially open until March 31st so this would be your absolute last chance to get any kind of riding in for this season. Some of our groomer drivers have been out on the trails doing some brushing so watch out for them if you do make it out there. Also, call ahead to your favorite destination as some businesses have closed for a little spring break. As always, ride responsibly and stay safe! That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great summer and we’ll see all you snowmobilers again next winter…if not before!
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 15:42:00 (PDT)
March 16, 2015 I think it’s safe to say that snowmobile season is over for this season. Temperatures have been in the 50’s for the past few days with major melting. It’s even raining as I write this. It is supposed to get colder over this coming weekend, but just for a couple of days with a chance of flurries. I won’t say that there isn’t a chance for a late March snowstorm but I do not think the groomers will be able to go out anymore due to the wetness at this point of the season. I will let you know if we do get any measureable amount of snow later in the month – for all you die hard snowmobilers who want to get in just one additional ride this season. We’d like to send a thank you out to all who came and enjoyed our beautiful winter; your business is so appreciated. We’d also like to extend an invitation to come and enjoy some of our other seasons. Lake Gogebic is an absolute gem in the summer. With the lake being the largest inland lake in the U.P. and running over two time zones there will be no crowding on this lake! Whether fishing, boating, kayaking or swimming, this is a gorgeous lake for all to enjoy. We’re also set in the midst of the million acre Ottawa National Forest with countless waterfalls to explore along with miles of hiking trails…a true wilderness. We are only about a half hour drive from the shores of Lake Superior, the largest of the great lakes, which offers some great beaches, agate hunting or even swimming. And our fall season rivals any you’ll find! A must stop during the fall is the Copper Peak ski jump north of Bessemer where you can ride the chair lift to the top and get a birds-eye view for miles of fall color and see what it looks like from the top of north America’s largest ski jump. Whether you’re hiking, driving or boating you’ll be sure to get a world class view of spectacular vistas brimming with fall color. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call us at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great summer and we’ll see all you snowmobilers again next summer…if not before!
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Monday, March 16, 2015 at 10:30:26 (PDT)
March 12, 2015 Nothing much has changed since the last report so I’m going to let it stay as is. Warmer than normal conditions for this time of year to continue for another week before they’re expected to drop back into the 30’s for highs. Grooming has for the most part been suspended; however our trails in the U.P. do remain open until the end of March. Trailering out to trails that head into the woods is recommended as you will find bare areas wherever trails cross roadways or in towns. Temperatures reaching into the mid 50’s today, trails are pretty much gone in and around towns and wherever salt used on roadways can affect trails. We still have some snowmobilers up who say the trails back in the woods are still fairly good. Small streams have opened up, so use caution anywhere near these areas. Temps are expected to run in the 40’s to 50’s for highs for the next week and then drop back into the 20’s for highs. Like I’ve said before, I doubt we’re done with winter for March just yet. If you come to ride now expect some wet conditions, some bare conditions, but also some fairly good trails back in the cover of the woods plus some warmer than normal temps. I will let you know if anything changes, either by weather or conditions. Hopefully we’ll still get a heavy March snowfall sometime over the last half of the month – it wouldn’t be the first time. If conditions are favorable we can groom until the last day of March, even longer into April, weather and DNR permitting. Pretty cool if you can say you snowmobiled in April! ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing (and there is plenty of it) in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for these trails, so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You will also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. YOU CAN NOT USE THIS AREA FOR ANY RIDING. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride as well as a safe one.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 15:44:31 (PDT)
March 10, 2015 Temperatures reaching into the mid 50’s today, trails are pretty much gone in and around towns and wherever salt used on roadways can affect trails. We still have some snowmobilers up who say the trails back in the woods are still fairly good. However, today while driving along Hwy. 28 (trail 8 west) I could see that small streams have opened up, so use caution anywhere near these areas. Temps are expected to run in the 40’s to 50’s for highs for the next week and then drop back into the 20’s for highs. Like I’ve said before, I doubt we’re done with winter for March just yet. If you come to ride now expect some wet conditions, some bare conditions, but also some fairly good trails back in the cover of the woods plus some warmer than normal temps. I will let you know if anything changes, either by weather or conditions. Hopefully we’ll still get a heavy March snowfall sometime over the last half of the month – it wouldn’t be the first time. If conditions are favorable we can groom until the last day of March, even longer into April, weather and DNR permitting. Pretty cool if you can say you snowmobiled in April! ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing (and there is plenty of it) in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for these trails, so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You will also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. YOU CAN NOT USE THIS AREA FOR ANY RIDING. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride as well as a safe one.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 14:55:10 (PDT)
March 8, 2015 As of right now (Sunday night), the trails are in good condition and groomers are out. They were able to continue grooming efforts through the weekend, mostly during the nighttime hours, so even with the heavy traffic we experienced the trails held up pretty well. The forecast for this upcoming week will ensure that if there is any grooming done it will be during the nighttime hours with some daytime temps reaching into the 40’s and possibly 50! We will continue to groom as long as we can and I’ll keep you updated on that. If you want to get in anymore riding you’d better come right now – with the almost non-existent weekday traffic this time of year and the freshly groomed trails you’ll find some nice riding…but it probably won’t last if we get the temps we’re supposed to get. Still, we may not be finished with winter as it looks like temps should be dropping some around the middle of the month – we’ll just have to play it day by day. If conditions are favorable we can groom until the last day of March, even longer into April, weather and DNR permitting. Pretty cool if you can say you snowmobiled in April! ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing (and there is plenty of it) in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for these trails, so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You will also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. YOU CAN NOT USE THIS AREA FOR ANY RIDING. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride as well as a safe one.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Sunday, March 08, 2015 at 18:33:05 (PDT)
March 4, 2015 With temps expected to rise into the 30’s and even 40’s next week you’d better head up this weekend if you want to get in any more snowmobiling. Hopefully it will only be a quick warm up and then head back into winter conditions (as it usually does in March) but with the high levels of water in the woods it just might signal an early end for this year’s snowmobiling. We just received about 6-inches of new snow yesterday with more expected today and Saturday with some very cold temps for today (-20 tonight) and tomorrow before we start to see the temps head into the low 30’s for highs. The groomers are out on all trails and they’re reporting excellent conditions. I just have to say it again…please slow down on the trails! We’ve had a number of incidents this winter throughout the U.P. of snowmobilers either riding side-by-side or going too fast for conditions (or both) where it has resulted in an accident – unfortunately some even fatal. It just isn’t worth it, so PLEASE SLOW DOWN and ride single file on the trails at all times! We want you all to have a great time up here but we also want you to have a safe trip, as well. Just a quick word of warning; DNR and police are ticketing anyone riding the highway, all highways, in our area along with riding on the railroad tracks or anywhere you know you’re not supposed to be. This includes riding through Bergland on the highway between JW’s and the gas station or riding from the gas station north along the highway to get to the trail connect. This is why I continually warn snowmobilers to stay on the marked trails. It’s dangerous for you and others to be riding along the highway…and will now be expensive, as well. ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing (and there is plenty of it) in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for these trails, so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You will also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. YOU CAN NOT USE THIS AREA FOR ANY RIDING. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride as well as a safe ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Wednesday, March 04, 2015 at 09:06:34 (PST)
March 2, 2015 I just have to say it again…please slow down on the trails! We’ve had a number of incidents this winter throughout the U.P. of snowmobilers going too fast for conditions where it has resulted in an accident – unfortunately some even fatal. And today we had another snowmobiler, going to fast on the trail, run right into the one of our groomers. Thank goodness it wasn’t a family he ran into, and luckily he was alright. But it could have ended much differently. It just isn’t worth it, so PLEASE SLOW DOWN and ride single file on the trails at all times! We want you all to have a great time up here but we also want you to be able to come back many additional times and have a great time, as well. Keep in mind that we continue to groom our trails typically until the last day of March. Of course that depends a great deal on the weather as we’ve had years where we had to stop prior to that date but then again we’ve had years where, after receiving special permission from the DNR, we groomed as late as April 8th! There’s a lot to be said for snowmobiling that late in the season! Just a quick word of warning; DNR and police are ticketing anyone riding the highway, all highways, in our area along with riding on the railroad tracks or anywhere you know you’re not supposed to be. This includes riding through Bergland on the highway between JW’s and the gas station or riding from the gas station north along the highway to get to the trail connect. This is why I continually warn snowmobilers to stay on the marked trails. It’s dangerous for you and others to be riding along the highway…and will now be expensive, as well. ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing (and there is plenty of it) in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for these trails, so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You will also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. YOU CAN NOT USE THIS AREA FOR ANY RIDING. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride as well as a safe ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Monday, March 02, 2015 at 16:06:54 (PST)
March 1, 2015 Wow…another extremely busy weekend in the Lake Gogebic area – lots and lots of snowmobilers! The groomers are out repairing the damage and getting the trails ready for another group of snowmobilers just getting up here to do some riding in this first week of March. Temps look to hold pretty consistently in the mid 20’s for highs with a mid week dip into the single digits. Night temps are perfect at teens to below zero, this will help the trails in great shape. There may be a warm up to the low 30’s by next weekend…but that’s so far away, who knows. There is talk of a pretty good snow system heading through our area around Tuesday this week, so that ought to freshen the trails up nicely. For now – it’s still winter up here!! Just a quick word of warning; DNR and police are ticketing anyone riding the highway, all highways, in our area along with riding on the railroad tracks or anywhere you know you’re not supposed to be. This includes riding through Bergland on the highway between JW’s and the gas station or riding from the gas station north along the highway to get to the trail connect. This is why I continually warn snowmobilers to stay on the marked trails. It’s dangerous for you and others to be riding along the highway…and will now be expensive, as well. ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing (and there is plenty of it) in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for these trails, so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You will also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. YOU CAN NOT USE THIS AREA FOR ANY RIDING. Keep in mind that we continue to groom our trails typically until the last day of March. Of course that depends a great deal on the weather as we’ve had years where we had to stop prior to that date but then again we’ve had years where, after receiving special permission from the DNR, we groomed as late as April 8th! There’s a lot to be said for snowmobiling that late in the season! You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Sunday, March 01, 2015 at 12:22:29 (PST)
February 23, 2015 Trails are in very good condition with a new cover of snow this morning of about 4-inches, more expected off and on today. Temps are expected to warm up to the 20’s for this upcoming last weekend in February which should make for some very comfortable riding. Just a quick word of warning; DNR and police are ticketing anyone riding the highway, all highways, in our area along with riding on the railroad tracks or anywhere you know you’re not supposed to be. This includes riding through Bergland on the highway between JW’s and the gas station or riding from the gas station north along the highway to get to the trail connect. This is why I continually warn snowmobilers to stay on the marked trails. It’s dangerous for you and others to be riding along the highway…and will now be expensive, as well. ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing (and there is plenty of it) in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for these trails, so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You will also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. YOU CAN NOT USE THIS AREA FOR ANY RIDING. FOR A DETAILED MAP OF THE REROUTE GO TO WWW.LAKEGOGEBICAREA.COM - TRAIL REPORTS. Keep in mind that we continue to groom our trails typically until the last day of March. Of course that depends a great deal on the weather as we’ve had years where we had to stop prior to that date but then again we’ve had years where, after receiving special permission from the DNR, we groomed as late as April 8th! There’s a lot to be said for snowmobiling that late in the season! You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 07:42:55 (PST)
February 22, 2015 Very cold weather, additional 5 to 6-inches of snow early in the weekend and we’ve got some pretty great conditions on our trails. We did have some very heavy traffic again this weekend but the groomers are out smoothing the trails out every day. Another cold week in store with more snow expected on Tuesday. This is the best time of the year to sled as the trails are all well packed and the traffic starts to drop off but the groomers are still out on all the trails, so make plans to get another trip in this year! ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing (and there is plenty of it) in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for these trails, so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You will also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. YOU CAN NOT USE THIS AREA FOR ANY RIDING. Keep in mind that we continue to groom our trails typically until the last day of March. Of course that depends a great deal on the weather as we’ve had years where we had to stop prior to that date but then again we’ve had years where, after receiving special permission from the DNR, we groomed as late as April 8th! There’s a lot to be said for snowmobiling that late in the season! You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 10:56:24 (PST)
February 20, 2015 Due to additional snowfall combined with subzero temperatures our trails are in excellent condition with groomers out every single day. The colder temps help hold a groom longer and stand up to traffic better. We’re already seeing very heavy traffic for this weekend which started on Thursday. Sunday looks to be the coldest day of this weekend with a high of only 6 below, with highs in the teens for Friday and Saturday. However, nighttime temps will be below zero and precautions should be made when riding in these conditions. Keep skin from being exposed as frostbite will occur, dress in layers and keep a full tank of fuel when at all possible. Traveling with a buddy is recommended in case of a break down when riding far from a town. We’re expecting more snow today and Saturday with some pretty cold temps seeing us all the way through to the end of the month. ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing (and there is plenty of it) in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for trails in this area so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You will also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. YOU CAN NOT USE THIS AREA FOR ANY RIDING. For a detailed map of this area go to www.lakegogebicarea.com - trail reports. Keep in mind that we continue to groom our trails typically until the last day of March. Of course that depends a great deal on the weather as we’ve had years where we had to stop prior to that date but then again we’ve had years where, after receiving special permission from the DNR, we groomed as late as April 8th! There’s a lot to be said for snowmobiling that late in the season! You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Friday, February 20, 2015 at 09:09:25 (PST)
February 13, 2015 Cold, cold, cold…that’s what we’re expecting for this weekend. We’re presently in a winter storm advisory for today with high winds expected Friday night through Saturday – so bundle up by layering your clothing, always head out with a full tank of fuel and top it off whenever near a gas station as we do have some long stretches with no fuel available. Always travel with a buddy or at the least share your plans with a friend. Make sure to not let any skin be exposed while riding as frost bite is a concern. The good news is that all this cold and the snow we’re getting today, and expect Saturday as well, makes for excellent grooming conditions. Some sledders are telling us they’ve never ridden better trails! Do keep in mind that this is a holiday weekend so there will likely be families with young riders out on the trails. Please ride safely by staying to one side only while riding and keep speeds reasonable. Next week continues to look great with highs in the single digits to teens and lows around zero or below with more snow in the early week. Logging has moved past our portion of trail on 13 north and we are rerouted around logging on 13 south - please watch for signing. ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing (and there is plenty of it) in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for trails in this area so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You will also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. YOU CAN NOT USE THIS AREA FOR ANY RIDING. You can see a map of this reroute at www.lakegogebicarea.com under "trail reports". Keep in mind that we continue to groom our trails typically until the last day of March. Of course that depends a great deal on the weather as we’ve had years where we had to stop prior to that date but then again we’ve had years where, after receiving special permission from the DNR we groomed as late as April 8th! There’s a lot to be said for snowmobiling that late in the season! You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Friday, February 13, 2015 at 14:16:15 (PST)
February 12, 2015 With 6 – 12 inches of new snow (depending where you are on our trail system) plus the very cold temperatures we’re getting the trails are in excellent condition. This is what we’ve been waiting for all winter…perfect grooming conditions. All three of our groomers are out every single day grooming each trail either every day or every other day, depending on traffic and need. This is going to be a very cold weekend coming up with a high Saturday expected to reach only zero! Remember to layer your clothing and keep all skin covered while sledding in these conditions to prevent frostbite. Make sure you have a full tank when heading out and travel with a buddy. The good news is that the trails will hold up much better in these kinds of temps and we even have more snow in the forecast for Friday and Saturday. Logging has moved past our portion of trail on 13 north and we are rerouted around logging on 13 south - please watch for signing. ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing (and there is plenty of it) in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for trails in this area so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You will also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. YOU CAN NOT USE THIS AREA FOR ANY RIDING. For a map of this reroute you can see it at www.lakegogebicarea.com under trail reports. Keep in mind that we continue to groom our trails typically until the last day of March. Of course that depends a great deal on the weather as we’ve had years where we had to stop prior to that date but then again we’ve had years where, after receiving special permission from the DNR we groomed as late as April 8th! There’s a lot to be said for snowmobiling that late in the season! You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 12:21:24 (PST)
February 9, 2015 Although the weather predictions were off for snowfall amounts this past weekend we are holding out hope that the snowfall predicted for Tuesday through this upcoming weekend comes…we need snow. What a crazy winter…too much snow too early, not enough snow in January! What can you do? We’re looking at 20’s for highs until Thursday, which has a predicted high of 1 degree! Pack your long johns, looks like we’re in for some pretty cold temps off and on past the middle of February. Our 3 groomers are out on trails every day, each day and doing the best they can with the amount of snow we’ve received. The cold temps are helping, but more snow would really help. Please do not confuse our grooming entity with Gogebic Range Authority to our west, we are Gogebic Area Grooming. They have had some problems with their groomers lately and we’ve been getting a lot of calls about this situation lately. You do need to continue to watch for logging on trails 13 north and 13 south. These spots are only a small portion of the trail but you need to respect the logging trucks in these areas for your safety. Stay to one side and give them plenty of room. ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing (and there is plenty of it) in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for trails in this area so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You will also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. YOU CAN NOT USE THIS AREA FOR ANY RIDING. For a map of this area go to www.lakegogebicarea.com. Keep in mind that we continue to groom our trails typically until the last day of March. Of course that depends a great deal on the weather as we’ve had years where we had to stop prior to that date but then again we’ve had years where, after receiving special permission from the DNR we groomed as late as April 8th! There’s a lot to be said for snowmobiling that late in the season! You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Monday, February 09, 2015 at 10:11:27 (PST)
February 5, 2015 All trails are in very good condition with the temperatures we’ve had over the last few days. What we do need, however, is some snow and we’ve got that in the forecast everyday through this weekend. Temp highs look to be in the 20’s and single digits for lows – perfect riding and grooming conditions. Our groomers continue to groom each trail each day and I’d say we’re back to the conditions we’re used to offering snowmobilers in our area. The early season wet condition set us up for quite a battle in getting the trails in good shape but we’ve got it finally beat. You do need to continue to watch for logging on trails 13 north and 13 south. These spots are only a small portion of the trail but you need to respect the logging trucks in these areas for your safety. Stay to one side and give them plenty of room. ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing (and there is plenty of it) in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for trails in this area so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You will also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. YOU CAN NOT USE THIS AREA FOR ANY RIDING. Keep in mind that we continue to groom our trails typically until the last day of March. Of course that depends a great deal on the weather as we’ve had years where we had to stop prior to that date but then again we’ve had years where, after receiving special permission from the DNR we groomed as late as April 8th! There’s a lot to be said for snowmobiling that late in the season! You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Thursday, February 05, 2015 at 10:47:35 (PST)
January 28, 2015 Good news! Colder temperatures for this weekend AND more snow…yeah!! Our groomer drivers have been working hard to keep the trails well groomed through this week with temps rising as high as 30. They will be doing over night or early morning grooming with temps this high as it doesn’t do the trails any favors trying to groom in warmer temps. It’s like trying to groom sugar…it just doesn’t hold up and it can actually harm the trails by pulling snow off the trails and creating bare spots. So try to understand all the factors that go into grooming our trails…weather, temps, traffic, etc. But, with colder temps on the way we should be looking good. All groomer drivers have been reporting good conditions on trails as they finish grooming, however, as I said those conditions can change quickly due to many factors. Looking forward to seeing you all up for Super Bowl weekend! ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for trails in this area so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You may also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. For a map of the reroute go to www.lakegogebicarea.com - trail reports. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12:35:01 (PST)
January 26, 2015 Temps have dropped into the 20’s for highs today with a couple inches of new snow. For most of this week we’re expecting high’s in the 20’s but much colder by the weekend (for a change). This is always good news as the trails hold a groom much longer with colder temps. When it’s in the 30’s (like this last weekend) it’s useless trying to groom during the daytime hours – it’s like trying to groom sugar. All 150 + miles of our trails have been groomed over the last 24 hours and they will continue to regroom. At this time all trails are in good condition, especially with the lighter mid week traffic. ***VERY IMPORTANT – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 26TH THROUGH MARCH*** -The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. Please watch for changes and new signing in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for trails in this area so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. You may also want to top off your gas if headed north through this area as the reroute will add on an extra 10 miles (there and back) to your trip with no gas stops between Lake Gogebic and Silver City. For a map of the reroute check out the trail reports at www.lakegogebicarea.com. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:53:55 (PST)
January 23, 2015 Once again, temps are hovering a little too high for really good conditions on the trails. And, once again, it’s supposed to warm up to the low 30’s for this upcoming weekend. However, snow showers are in the forecast for the next few days and we have a cool down to look forward to for Sunday and into next week. All three of our groomers are running, although they will not be grooming during daytime hours with temps in the 30’s. The trails are all in great shape after being groomed but with temps this high they will not stay in good shape for long, so your best bet for a nice ride over these next couple of days would be early in the day. Predictions are calling for more snow Saturday evening with falling temps over night. The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet, north of Merriweather and west for about 5 miles. We were just informed of work on the highline that will begin Monday January 26th so we are in the midst of rerouting with the help from the DNR. Please watch for changes and new signing in this area and heed all trail signage. There will be many pipeline workers plus a lot of heavy equipment in the area formally used for trails in this area so for their safety as well as yours please heed the new signing and don’t take any “short cuts”. This reroute will be in effect for most of the remainder of the snowmobile season, but we will post any changes as they occur. FOR A MAP OF THE ROROUTE PLEASE GO TO WWWL.LAKEGOGEBICAREA.COM; TRAIL REPORTS. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great rid
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:14:18 (PST)
January 21st, 2015 Once again, temps are hovering a little too high for really good conditions on the trails. And, once again, it’s supposed to warm up to the low 30’s for this upcoming weekend. However, snow showers are in the forecast for the next few days and we have a cool down to look forward to for Sunday and into next week. The big news is a reroute over the area where trails 1, 102 and 8 west meet. We were just informed of work on the highline that will begin Monday January 26th so we are in the midst of rerouting with the help from the DNR. So, watch for changes and new signing in this area. This will run until at least the middle of March, so I guess we could pretty much say for the remainder of the season. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 12:38:58 (PST)
January 15th, 2015 Although we’re looking at a brief warm up for today and Saturday the rest of the week looks good. We’re just now coming off of a pretty severe cold snap that gave our drivers a chance to go over all the trails and pack them as much as they could prior to the warm up. All trails are looking good once again. Unfortunately the brief warm up will be coming over a busy holiday weekend with lots of traffic. Our drivers will most likely not be grooming during the daytime if temps rise as predicted Saturday, but will be out overnight or during the early morning hours. Once we make it to Sunday temps look to be in the teens and twenties for highs with overnight lows in the teens and single digits…perfect riding weather! As this will be a holiday weekend we’d like to once again warn you to be on the watch for young, maybe inexperienced, riders on the trails. Be sure to ride single file and always on the right side only. Also, we’ve had a couple of incidents recently of snowmobilers riding onto clearly marked private property and doing damage to the property. These are the kind of incidents that can jeopardize our trail easement grants and cause trails to be closed. Please stay on marked trails or unplowed county roads (see below) only. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 09:12:02 (PST)
January 9th, 2015 We received about a foot of new snow from Thursday evening to Friday am! Lots of new white stuff to play in for everyone!! And the other bit of good news is trail 102 has now been groomed completely through and we’re very happy to report no more wet spots due in large part to the hard work of our groomer drivers, mechanics and volunteers, but also due to the extreme cold we’ve been shivering through all week. In fact, word is that there are no more wet spots on any of our trails…just in time for a busy weekend. All trails are being groomed on a rotating basis. With more cold weather expected maybe we won’t have any more of the problems we battled in Deeember. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at teh Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Friday, January 09, 2015 at 15:30:01 (PST)
January 8th, 2015 We’re still expecting lots of snow, up to 11-inches, over the next 24 hours - but with lake effect snow you never know when it’ll stop. Our groomer drivers were able to install a culvert on trail 102 Wednesday, however technical difficulties prevented them from getting the groomer all the way through to trail 11, but they’ll be back at it asap. 102 has been a big problem for us this year with lots of water in areas where we have never had to deal with water in prior years. I’ll keep you posted when I know more on those conditions. We really couldn’t be asking for better weather conditions right now so the trails are getting back to where we (and you) would like to see them with all other trails being groomed at this time. We are currently in a very cold snap for the remainder of this week, through next weekend with more snow in the forecast almost every day. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Thursday, January 08, 2015 at 09:40:49 (PST)
January 6th, 2015 All trails are improving with the exception of trail 102. You’re asked to avoid this trail until further notice as there is quite a bit of water back in this area. Our drivers will be installing a culvert on this trail hopefully on Wednesday but I’ll keep you posted on when you should ride this trail. If you’re looking to get to Silver City you can either take 8 west and head up trail 11 or go up 1 north through White Pine. Lake effect snow in the forecast for Wednesday…a possibility of up to 11-inches of snow. We are currently in a very cold snap for the remainder of this week, through next weekend with more snow in the forecast almost every day. That’s the good news. We’ve also started to see a slowdown in traffic which will help the trails as well. We apologize to anyone who was disappointed in the trails this last week. Again, I can only tell you that we had a very wet fall followed by 90-inches of snow in November (a record) which insulated the ground and wouldn’t let it freeze. Then once December hit it warmed up and we actually saw rain one day. The same people who’ve been involved with the work on the trails are still at the helm for over 20 years and we’ve never dealt with these conditions before.Those conditions coupled with a high volumne of traffic have not helped the trails at all. Please have patience and know that we are working hard to get our trails back to the award winning condition we’ve offered in the past. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Tuesday, January 06, 2015 at 08:57:54 (PST)
January 24, 2015 Ok, where do I start? Very wet conditions along with holiday crowds can wreck havoc on trials. Please remember that most of our trail system runs through the Ottawa National Forest. Not paved sidewalks or roads. We are experiencing problems that we have never seen before. Trail 102 is still closed due to lots of water (where we have never seen water before). We hope to get some more culverts in this week and try to get it open. Trail 8 west is being groomed today, however the groomer is taking the trail a bit off where it usually runs in an attempt to avoid…yes, you guessed it…more water. All other trails have seen improvement but the amount of sleds crossing our trails this last week wouldn’t allow the trails to remain in great shape for more than a few hours. All other trails are mostly good to fair with some rough spots to look for on 13 north. We received about 5-inches of new snow over last night and it’s been snowing all day. We’re entering into a very cold snap for this upcoming week through next weekend with more snow in the forecast almost every day. That’s the good news. We’ve also started to see a slowdown in traffic today which will help the trails as well. We apologize to anyone who was disappointed in the trails this last week. Again, I can only tell you that we had a very wet fall followed by 90-inches of snow in November (a record) which insulated the ground and wouldn’t let it freeze. Then once December hit it warmed up and we actually saw rain one day. The same people who’ve been involved with the work on the trails are still at the helm for over 20 years and we’ve never dealt with these conditions before. Please have patience and know that we are working hard to get our trails back to the award winning condition we’ve offered in the past. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Sunday, January 04, 2015 at 12:57:37 (PST)
January 2, 2015 What a difference a few days of really cold temps can make. I spoke to one of our groomer drivers last night and he reported that trail 1 south is in great shape, 13 south is much improved with the wet spots frozen over now, 8 west is still a bit tricky but should be improved soon, 102 is still not a good option but trails 1 north, 13 north and 8 east are the in good condition. Weather conditions are very favorable for riding this weekend with lake effect snow on the way for Sunday and Monday’s high expected at -4. We’ve got lots of snowmobilers in the area over this holiday period with families so please be cautious and watch out for other snowmobilers, especially the young ones. Always remember to ride in a single file on the trails and stay to the right..you never know who or what (deer) might be coming around the next corner. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Friday, January 02, 2015 at 09:08:35 (PST)
December 30, 2014 Conditions have improved much with the severe cold that we’re experiencing. There are still some wet areas (how does that happen with minus 10 degree nights?) but these spots are slowly freezing up and the groomers have been able to get out over almost all of our trail system. Trail 102 is still not worth riding, at least not for the next couple of days. We’re expecting more of the same cold plus more snow over this next week which will help to improve the trails greatly. We still have some pretty significant wet spots south of the Root Celler on 13 south, but aside from these trails all other trails are reported to be in pretty good shape. Our groomer drivers are working hard to get the trails back in great shape, so give them a thumbs up when you encounter one of our groomers on the trails. And remember to always give the groomers the right of way as they cannot get off the trail as easily as a snowmobile can. They will move over if possible to let you ride by. Watch for signs to show a change on trail 1 South from Rd. 8800 to Marenisco. With the extreme cold temperatures we’re experiencing during this week be sure to watch for signs of frostbite and make sure to ride out prepared with a full tank of gas, layered clothing and try to always ride with at least one other person. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. Keep checking back for more updates as conditions change. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 20:19:20 (PST)
December 28, 2014 More snow, again, last night and we’re finally seeing temperatures drop to a better grooming degree. However, most of our trails still have some major water concerns. Trail 8 west has several water areas and is pretty rough as the groomers have not been able to get through most of it over this last week. Trail 13 south has some very wet areas towards the south end and 1 south and 100 also have wet areas. 102 has become very difficult to ride as, again, the wet areas opening up over the last couple of weeks have created problems. 13 north is rideable but there will be some very wet spots you’ll have to cross in some areas of this trail. 1 north and 8 east are the best trails we have at this time. With the much colder temps finally here it should help a lot with these areas, but it will take time. These are not just problems facing our groomer drivers as there are loggers in our area that are facing entire roadways washed out in the woods. Hang in there, we’re doing everything we possibly can to get our trails to where they should be. Watch for signs to show a change on trail 1 South from Rd. 8800 to Marenisco. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 08:30:07 (PST)
December 27, 2014 6 – 10 inches of new snow overnight and it’s still coming down heavy! Temperature highs beginning Sunday and running through this next week are predicted only in the single digits to teens and nighttime highs mostly in the single digits with more snow each day. This should greatly improve all trails impacted with this recent snow. Keep in mind that one of our trails (1 south) goes all the way to the Wisconsin line, just north of Presque Isle, so this trail may not have the same amount of snow as our more northern trails. Watch for signs to show a change on trail 1 South from Rd. 8800 to Marenisco. The same will most likely apply to trail 100 and 13 south. 13 south still has some major water concerns towards the south end of the lake. New culverts are on the way to put in place in these problem areas, so we are addressing the issue. Best trails, as usual, because they get the most amount of snow, are 1 north, 13 north, 102 and 8 east. 8 west still has some significant wet areas to watch out for if you’re riding that direction. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 07:16:57 (PST)
December 24, 2014 Although we did have groomers on the trails yesterday it was mostly to fill in water holes. Our trails are still in poor to fair condition with wet areas still posing a problem. We do expect much colder temps this weekend which should greatly improve conditions. We have received an additional 6- 8 inches or more of wet snow over this last week which should pack nicely. Trails 8 east and 1 north are in the best condition. Trail 13 north is in fair condition with some bad spots to watch out for. Trail 8 west is in fair to poor condition with a couple of very wet spots. Do not get off the trail here as conditions are much worse off trail...even if it looks like nice snow there will be a lot of water underneath. Trail 13 south is in fair condition until you get to the south end of it where there are a couple of really big wet holes. Trail 1 south is rideable but not in great shape due to water. Watch for a change on trail 1 South from Rd. 8800 to Marenisco. We’ve been encountering more water problems in this area and have rerouted…just watch for signs. These water problems are beyond our control and are everywhere. It’s just a combination of a wet fall followed by a 90-inch insulating blanket of snow in November, followed by some recent warm ups. We are set up for when the cold does come (20 or below is best) as the trails have been packed and will freeze better now. This next week is looking really good with much colder temps and more snow! Keep checking back and I will update as conditions change. For any who are planning to spend Christmas day up here please be aware that not all of the restaurants will be open so it’s best to call ahead. Also, by law, all bars must close Christmas Eve by 9:00et/8:00ct. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes back to the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 09:32:42 (PST)
December 22, 2014 Conditions are once again too warm for grooming, at least during the daytime hours. We did get an additional 2 – 3 inches of new snow over last night and more is expected this week along with much colder temperatures just in time for the weekend. Watch for a change on trail 1 South from Rd. 8800 to Marenisco soon. We’ve been encountering more water problems in this area and hope to reroute…just watch for signs. For any who are planning to spend Christmas day up here please be aware that not all of the restaurants will be open so it’s best to call ahead. Also, by law, all bars must close Christmas Eve by 9:00et/8:00ct. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes towards the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
info@lakegogebicarea.com <Carolyn at the Hoop>
- Monday, December 22, 2014 at 09:43:16 (PST)
December 18, 2014 We’ve got the snow back that we lost (about 8-inches), but conditions are still very wet. A lot of the streams re-opened earlier this week and the word is the woods are still very wet. Once again, it’s very important that you stay on the trails as the conditions off trail will be worse. We’ve got a few nights coming up with very cold temperatures that will help the trail situation. Groomers have run on all the trails, some with drags and hopefully all with drags by this weekend. If daytime temps get a little too high the grooming will be restricted to night hours only. Watch for a change on trail 1 South from Rd. 8800 to Marenisco soon. We’ve been encountering more water problems in this area and hope to reroute…just watch for signs. For any who are planning to spend Christmas day up here please be aware that not all of the restaurants will be open so it’s best to call ahead. Also, by law, all bars must close Christmas Eve by 9:00et/8:00ct. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes towards the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:17:31 (PST)
December 16, 2014 Well, we’ve got a slight improvement after Mondays rain, it turned to snow overnight giving us about 3-inches. However, it is very wet snow…on top of rain…on top of already wet ground. We’re expecting mostly 20’s for highs this week, although the nighttime temps look to drop down into the single digits later in the week which should help a lot. Can’t say for sure how good conditions will be for this next weekend just yet but for now you should stay off the trails as you will encounter a lot of wet and mud in some spots. For any who are planning to spend Christmas day up here be aware that not all of the restaurants will be open so it’s best to call ahead. Also, by law, all bars must close Christmas Eve by 9:00et/8:00ct. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes towards the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10:53:21 (PST)
December 14, 2014 Wet, wet, wet…pretty much sums up our trail conditions right now and the groomers are off the trails until conditions change. The forecast is calling for a return to normal conditions for this time of year once we get past Monday. On the bright side, this actually may be a good thing for setting the trails up for better conditions for the rest of the season. The trails are packed down so they’ll freeze once the temperature drops and then we’re expected to get more snow through next week. But for now the trail conditions are very poor. I will keep you updated as soon as conditions change so keep checking back. For any who are planning to spend Christmas day up here be aware that not all of the restaurants will be open so it’s best to call ahead. Also, by law, all bars must close Christmas Eve by 9:00et/8:00ct. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes towards the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 16:05:28 (PST)
December 10, 2014 Our groomers have been out packing almost our entire trails system, but groomers with drags have only run on trails 8 east, 1 north and 8 west. However we’re experiencing some extremely wet conditions on 8 west right now. It would be best to avoid this trail until we receive colder temps. Don’t try to by-pass the trail by riding to the side of it as the water conditions are even worse off the trail. We’re hoping to have trail 102 open this week as well as 13 north. Although the gates are still closed on 13 north, if you’re very familiar with the trail, you can ride around the gates for now. As the groomers make their way up 13 north they will unlock all the gates. That’s the way we do it every year. While our groomer drivers are making progress on 13 south it still has not been groomed with a drag yet, however, you can still ride along the side of East Shore Road. With the record amount of approximately 90-inches of snow in November we’re really scrambling to get trails ready. Once the snow hit it brought a lot of branches down across trails and hindered our attempts to get out and check trails. Now it’s causing very wet conditions as the ground underneath hadn’t frozen before the snow came. More bad news…the forecast is calling for temps to get as high as 40 this weekend. Bummer. You can legally ride any county road that does not get plowed, but check with the Forest Service for a map to these roads. They have a waterproof one for $10.00. Call 906-932-1330 or go to www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa for more info. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes towards the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 13:06:37 (PST)
December 5, 2014 We have groomers, with drags, out on trail 1 north, 8 west and 8 east. Watch for “wet area” signs on trail 8 west. All other trails we’re running groomers on but just to pack the snow down, trying to set the freeze down into the ground. With the incredible amounts of snow we received in November it served to insulate the wet ground underneath. As a result we’re now dealing with some very wet conditions on, at least, portions of most of our trails. It is very important to stay on the trails, however, because you will be getting into even worse conditions off the trail. Lots of water everywhere. Our nights have been very cold so wherever the groomers have run it should be freezing on the trails. The forecast is calling for more snow next week, but we often get unexpected lake effect snow…so you never know. I will keep you posted as conditions change or if we have any big weather news to pass on, so keep checking back. The new snowmobile maps are out and available at most local businesses. Please remember that only money put into the wooden map money boxes with the photo of the groomers on it goes towards the trails – so please be aware of this and watch for this. That’s all for now from Carolyn at the Hoop! We can’t wait to see you all back up again enjoying our beautiful area. For additional information about the Lake Gogebic area please visit the chamber website at www.LakeGogebicArea.com or call them at 1-888-464-3242 (888-GOGEBIC). Have a great day and a great ride.
Carolyn at the Hoop <info@lakegogebicarea.com>
- Friday, December 05, 2014 at 11:12:22 (PST)
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