Little Sissabagama News
December 2019. As the year winds down, we have seen a lot of snow already. Nearly 3 feet of snow on the ground and the coldest weather in some time has descended upon the northland. Ice was in the 5-6 inch range before the snow accumulated so we'll see how quickly we can get some decent ice for snowmobiling.
January 2020. Too much snow has slowed the creation of ice depth. There is still significant slush on the snowmobile trails near bogs and marshes while the lakes are a mix of rough, frozen slush, packed snow or are windblown with little snow at all. There are even areas of open, running or standing water on many trails. Trail groomers have been limited in the areas they can go without a significant cold snap to freeze up the open areas. Most lakes are good for snowmobiles and ATVs but still dangerous for cars or trucks.
February 2020. Snowmobile trail conditions have improved a little but thin ice, slush and high water still plague some areas. Staying on the marked trails on any lake is highly recommended. Overall lake conditions are good to ski, snowshoe or walk on if you can avoid some of the slushy areas. Snowmobiling on Little Siss is not recommended but it can be done at your own risk. The Birkie is in a couple of weeks! If we can avoid high temps and get a little more snow the Birkie trail should be great.
May 2020. Well the virus pandemic has certainly changed life in Stone Lake and the surrounding area. Restaurants and bars that have been shuttered for weeks are now opening. Some have more social distancing efforts than others so choose wisely. We have some new property owners on Boxing Camp Trail, welcome! Lake water is still high with many docks in or under water. The culvert is flowing but that doesn't mean we may still not have a beaver issue again. But generally speaking, water levels are high everywhere so it is difficult to tell. With that said, please be aware of the water levels and practice safe boating including slow/no wake in the bays. You can also follow the goings on at the lake in more real time on Facebook.
June 2020. Warmer weather has returned but with it has come a lot of wind. Social distancing gatherings have been a hit on the lake by pulling pontoons in vicinity of each other and enjoying conversations and music. Of course the wind can make the gatherings a little more problematic, but we make do. The fire alerts have subsided a bit but we ask that all fires be carefully attended to due to the winds we have had. It doesn't take much for a spark to get away and create havoc. We have 2 sets of nesting loons but have yet to see any babies, perhaps due to the eagles that have been around a lot. As the July 4th holiday approaches and we expect more people on the lake, please don't forget to adhere to the slow/no wake zones. A No Wake sign has been added near Boulder Lodge as a reminder that the entire bay is a slow/no wake zone. You can find the map outlining those area on this site.
September 2020. Well, that was quick. The weather went from summer to October in the course of a day. Temps will rebound but it is a stark reminder of what lies ahead. Lake levels are down a bit, but to be expected at this time of the year. The number of rental properties has grown on the lake prompting concerns about boat traffic, slow/no wake zones, etc. We will be addressing those issues in the future. No loon babies were seen this year but we had a few pairs of loons on the lake most of the season. The fall meeting will be held virtually.