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A beautiful day for canoeing!

Last night after a full day of spring cleaning John and I went canoeing. What a beautiful night it was. The temperature was 75 degrees with wind to keep the bugs away. The water levels are high in the flowage/Bob’s Lake and the water plants haven’t started yet, so we could get around easily. We were entertained the entire time with all the wildlife. Enjoy all the photos.

Water, wonderful water!

Water, wonderful water!

We saw several mergansers.

We saw several mergansers.

Neat bunch of pine cones.

Neat bunch of pine cones.

The beaver dam at the back end of the flowage.

The beaver dam at the back end of the flowage.

There are a lot of new branches and logs in the dam. The beaver have been busy! That is White Birch Creek flowing. in the distance.

There are a lot of new branches and logs in the dam. The beaver have been busy! That is White Birch Creek flowing over the dam. The creek continues flowing into White Sand Lake.

The view of the flowage from the beaver dam.

The view of the flowage from the beaver dam.

Two swans was the special treat of the night. We happened to be out canoeing as they were migrating through.

Two swans was the special treat of the night. We happened to be out canoeing as they were migrating through.

It was fun watching the swans and goose.

It was fun watching the swans and goose.

It was fun listening to them trumpet.

It was fun listening to them trumpet.

An active beaver dam.

An active beaver dam.

The opening to Bob's Lake with mud hens swimming.

The opening to Bob’s Lake with mud hens swimming.

You can tell we were in a marsh with all the red-winged blackbirds flying around.

You can tell we were in a marsh with all the red-winged blackbirds flying around.

Looking at the shoreline where the our nature trail is.

Looking at the shoreline where the our nature trail is.

We were able to navigate along the shore line where our nature trail is. This is the view of the bog area that you can see from the nature trail.

We were able to navigate along the shore line where our nature trail is. This is the view of the bog area that you can see from the nature trail.

A muskrat lodge.

A muskrat lodge.

The view of the wedding site from the water.

The view of the wedding site from the water.

Mama goose laying on her nest.

Mama goose laying on her nest.

Great view of the Fish Hatchery. Look at all that water flowing!

Great view of the Fish Hatchery. Look at all that water flowing!

Ended with a great sunset from the deck of the Barn.

Ended with a great sunset from the deck of the Barn.

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Peek-a-boo, I see you.

Even with the 5 inches of snow that fell last night, Charlie has begun his lean. The ice has begun to recede from the shoreline. Some warm temps and Charlie may be wet soon.

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Peek-a-boo, I see you.

Snowy hillside.

Snowy hillside.

The snow is pretty on the trees.

The snow is pretty on the trees.

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The ice is beginning to melt.

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The resort is alive with color

It has been a beautiful fall week in the Northwoods. We took our last pontoon boat ride of the season last night. The guest who joined us were treated to perfect fall weather along with brilliant colors of red, gold and orange!

Pictures from around the resort:

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The trees above Loon.

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The sugar maple next to minnow was vibrant this year.

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The view from Timberwolfe.

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Walking towards the Barn.

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One of our guests enjoying the sunshine and warm temps.

Pictures on White Birch Lake:

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Entering White Birch Lake from the channel.

Pictures on Ballard lake:

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Jim and Ed, long time guests of WBV, who come up every fall for musky fishing.

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Final pontoon boat ride of the season turned out to be exceptional weather.

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Partridge bay on Ballard.

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The ice is moving

With the high winds today and the warmer temps the ice has been moving at a pretty good clip across the lake. Charlie made it to shore just in time, he would have been crushed. Standing on the shore taking the following pictures it sounded like an amplified twisting of a plastic ice cube tray. It was really creaking and moaning. There shouldn’t be any ice left by morning.

Ice build up on the shoreline.

Ice build up on the shoreline.

What the beach looks like right now.

What the beach looks like right now.

Over half of the lake is free of ice.

Over half of the lake is free of ice.

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Forces of Nature

Last Monday brought high winds to the Northwoods. We had 6 trees come down along the creek. Spring clean-up begins with cutting up trees. The warmer temps are arriving, but not soon enough for the spring fish opener. No boats out on the lakes. But as you will see the ice is starting to melt. Charlie will most likely take his plunge today or tomorrow. I’ll keep you posted.

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Charlie update

Winter continues to hold on in the Northwoods. We had a few days of temps in the 60’s. It melted a lot of snow, but the lake remains frozen as we still have temps in the 20’s at night. This next week the temps are holding in the 40’s so the ice melt will be slowed down. Spring cleaning began this week. The melting snow makes it easier to access the vacation homes.

 

Poor Charlie has fallen over and will remain in that position until he takes the plunge.

Poor Charlie has fallen over and will remain in that position until he takes the plunge.

The warmer temps opened up the entrance to the creek.

The warmer temps opened up the entrance to the creek.

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Spring Snow Storm

Mother nature was at her finest in the Northwoods. 16 inches of snow came down yesterday and today. A lovely wet heavy snow has blanketed the resort. The entire area has broken many records this year; many of the records were set in either the 1920’s or 30’s. We are easily pushing 130 inches of snow this winter in our immediate area. For those of you who are already enjoying spring, think warm thoughts as you look at the pictures.

Even the shovels got buried.

Even the shovels got buried.

Area around the resort ranged from 12" to 19" where drifts were.

Area around the resort ranged from 12″ to 19″ where drifts were.

We always get great drifts between the lodge and Red Oaks from the wind off the lake.

We always get great drifts between the lodge and Red Oaks from the wind off the lake.

Winter Wonderland once again.

Winter Wonderland once again.

All of the snow piles John worked so diligently to remove with the bobcat last week have returned.

All of the snow piles John worked so diligently to remove with the bobcat last week have returned.

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The snow from the driveway in front of Loon and Mallard created this 10 foot + mound of snow.

The snow from the driveway in front of Loon and Mallard created this 10 foot + mound of snow.

Fences are buried!

Fences are buried!

Poor Charlie is buried once again.

Poor Charlie is buried once again.

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Haulin’ Snow

With the high amount of snow we had this year, John had to bite the bullet and rent a bobcat for the day. He’s been hauling snow since 7:30 this morning to allow the water lines to thaw quicker.

The bank went out to where you see blacktop. The parking lot was getting smaller and smaller.

The bank went out to where you see blacktop. The parking lot was getting smaller and smaller.

Over half of the snow bank gone.

Over half of the snow bank gone.

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Dumping ground....the main driveway where there are no water lines.

Dumping ground….the main driveway where there are no water lines.

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Our winter wonderland

The snow keeps falling in the Northwoods. John is guessing we have had around 120 inches of snow this year and 6 more fell last night. All you can say is it’s beautiful outside. With the high amounts of snow the water tables should be looking good this year. But it also brings it’s challenges. John has been busy digging pathways so we can get into the homes to spring clean. He’s even debating renting a bobcat to start hauling snow.

Enjoy the pictures 🙂

Is it wide enough to open the door to Musky?

Is it wide enough to open the door to Musky?

Pathway to Wren

Pathway to Wren

The winding road to Hillcrest

The winding road to Hillcrest

Poor Charlie, he's buried in snow.

Poor Charlie, he’s buried in snow.

Hillside up to Bluebill

Hillside up to Bluebill

Path to the front entrance.

Path to the front entrance.

John is running out of places to put the snow.

John is running out of places to put the snow.

Snow piles are higher than the fences.

Snow piles are higher than the fences.

Mr pileated woodpecker has done quite the job on this pine tree at the end of the shuffleboard court. It will have to come down this spring. :(

Mr pileated woodpecker has done quite the job on this pine tree at the end of the shuffleboard court. It will have to come down this spring. 🙁

Heavy snow.

Heavy snow.

Sun peaking out from behind the trees.

Sun peaking out from behind the trees.

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Baby Chipmunk

Sorry I have been absent from the blogging world for the month. The resort has been very busy and there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day. These pictures were taken mid June. It was fun watching the mama chipmunk with her little one.

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