We are into the middle of winter already and it sure doesn't feel like it yet. The temps the last week or so have been in the upper 20's regularly. Daily snow fall has been 2-3 inches, and we haven't had a lot of drifting yet. There's probably a good couple of feet of snow throughout the area, which has made it good for snowmobiling.
Our lakes are showing quite a bit of slush on them. This will probably continue until we see a good Arctic Front come through and give us a few days of really cold temps. That is exactly the forecast being projected through the next week. Fishing has been a bit on the slow side. We have been unsuccessful in finding enough perch to put together a good meal. Good thing the pike and an occasional walleye are keeping us eating well
State Park News:
Be aware that the Muskallonge Lake State Park will be blocking off certain sections of the campground throughout this coming year. You will see this on the web-site for reservations. Here's why. Last year the State did an evaluation of the electrical service within the park and found several problem areas that need to be brought up to their expectations. With the center loop being the worst, it will remain closed in the spring in hopes that those upgrades will be done prior to July 1. Keep in mind the rest of the Park will be open during this time. Then after the Rock Show in mid-September certain areas of the park will be closed off to allow the rest of the upgrades to be completed.
Jim, who does a great job of managing the park, says the upgrades and resulting "blocked out campsites" should not cause too much grief as most of the closing will occur during a time when the Park is not quite in such high demand, and the park will be wide open during the peak of the season. An adjustment to the Park's reservation schedule will be on-line soon. Jim continued to explain to me that other improvements, including new roads, are projected to be completed in the next couple of years. It is great to see the commitment by the State to invest and do the necessary upgrades to keep Muskallonge State Park as one of the premiere parks within the state for years to come.
You will noticed we added a couple of pictures of the Superior shoreline. The ice bluffs have finally formed and this year they are closer to the shoreline than ever before. At least it has slowed down the erosion caused by water coming up onto the bluffs. Sure is pretty down there now. This is the view toward Muskallonge from our living room.
Well, folks that's the news on what taking place around Deer Park. We hope you all are well, happy and staying warm.
Mike and Monica