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2016 Ice Out Contest

We’d love to have you be a part of our Ice Out Contest. Send us an email at [email protected]whitebirchvillage.com with the DATE and TIME that you think Charlie will fall through the ice. All guesses are due by March 10th. The person whose time is the closest will be the winner and get their name on our Ice Out Contest plaque. If Charlie falls through the ice during the night the date will be credited to the next day. Sue and John will be at sport shows March 1-13, but Scott will be keeping an eye on him for us.

Charlie had some fun going out on the ice this year. He decided that being an ice fisherman was the way to go. Do you think he’ll catch anything?

We’ll begin posting updates when there are changes to the ice. Have fun everyone! Get your guesses into us soon.

Charlie is ready for your guess.

Todd making sure Charlie has all the ice fishing gear he needs to be successful.

Charlie has all the gear he needs to catch some fish.

Chris shaking hands with Charlie. Chris was our winner last year.

Good friends Chris and Rox & Todd and Wendy helped put Charlie out on the ice this year.





By | February 25th, 2016|

White Deer Triathlon

The First annual White Deer Triathlon took place in Boulder Junction on Saturday, May 16th. It was a huge success. White Birch Village was a gold sponsor of the event and John was on the planning committee for it. My sister-in-law Debra Malmgren, who runs in marathons, had never done a triathlon and got a large group together to participate in the race. Her brother, Joe Ritchie, joined in the effort. Team Ritchie had quite a few participants. We would like to thank Ritchie Propane for being the platinum sponsor of this inaugural event, in memory of their son Jeremy. All the hard work paid off for Deb and her friend Jill as they took second place in the kayak team division.

Thanks to my brother, Brad, for sharing all his wonderful pictures that he took during the triathlon as I was holding down the fort at the resort!

The first leg of the race was a 3K paddle across Boulder Lake to Camp Manito-wish. You could either kayak, canoe or paddle board. Kayak’s were the preferred boat.WhiteDeerTriathlon-20150516-3-L (1)

The start of the race at the boat landing at Boulder Lake.

The start of the race at the boat landing at Boulder Lake.

The day was started with the singing our national anthem.

The day was started with the singing our national anthem.

Strategy planning before the race.

Strategy planning before the race.

Brian, from Team Ritchie, getting some practice strokes in.

Brian, from Team Ritchie, getting some practice strokes in.

Dan and Taylor from the Aqualand Ale House  getting their kayak ready for the COED team division.

Dan and Taylor from the Aqualand Ale House getting their kayak ready for the COED team division.

Deb and Jill are ready to begin.

Deb and Jill are ready to begin.

Work those arms girls!

Work those arms girls!

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The paddle portion of the race took place on Boulder Lake and headed to Camp Manitowish.

The paddle portion of the race took place on Boulder Lake and headed to Camp Manito-wish.

Deb and Jill finish the paddle portion of the race.

Deb and Jill finish the paddle portion of the race.

Racing out of the water.

Racing out of the water.

The run from the boats to the bikes.

The run from the boats to the bikes.

The second leg of the race was a 23K bike ride.

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Deb and Jill riding their bikes.

Deb and Jill riding their bikes.

WhiteDeerTriathlon-20150516-167-LWhiteDeerTriathlon-20150516-116-LThe final leg was a 6.5K run that ended at the Boulder Junction Community building.

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Brian was part of Team Ritchie and stayed here at the resort.

Brian was part of Team Ritchie and stayed here at the resort.

Dan and Taylor from the Aqualand Ale House.

Dan and Taylor from the Aqualand Ale House.

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Deb and Jill crossing the finish line.

Deb and Jill crossing the finish line.

Team Ritchie, who stayed at the resort, includes my sister-in-law Deb.

Team Ritchie, who stayed at the resort, includes my sister-in-law Deb.

I love this action shot at the finish line.

I love this action shot at the finish line.

The BJ Lions club provided a post race brat party.

The BJ Lions club provided a post race brat party.

After race fellowship.

After race fellowship.

Awards Ceremony.

Awards Ceremony.

Deb is soooo excited she and Jill took second place in the team division.

Deb is soooo excited that she and Jill took second place in the team division.

Theresa's last event as the chamber's executive director. We're going to miss you!

Theresa’s last event as the chamber’s executive director. We’re going to miss you!

By | May 20th, 2015|

Docks are in!

The spring ritual of putting the docks in took place in snow showers. It never fails, whatever day we schedule for docks the weather turns nasty. The guys braved the snow and cold temps to get the docks ready for this weekend.

There were snow showers on and off all day.

There were snow showers on and off all day.

Lodge dock going in.

Lodge dock going in.

John supervising from the boat :)

John supervising from the boat 🙂

This is usually where someone gets wet. The lodge dock sits in the deepest water.

This is usually where someone gets wet. The lodge dock sits in the deepest water.

Beach dock going in.

Beach dock going in.

One of the 78 sections of dock being lifted into the water.

One of the 78 sections of dock being lifted into the water.

The sun tried to peek out for a little bit.

The sun tried to peek out for a little bit.

The loons were keeping a watchful eye on what was happening.

The loons were keeping a watchful eye on what was happening.

Enjoying a bowl of hot chili after being in the cold water.

Enjoying a bowl of hot chili after being in the cold water.

We're ready for you to arrive :)

We’re ready for you to arrive 🙂

By | May 13th, 2015|

Journeys’ Marathon 2015

The 19th annual Journey’s Marathon took place this morning with the start line at White Birch Village. It’s a fun morning for us. WE enjoy all the activity and seeing the runners get ready and their families here to support them. Be sure to check out our Facebook page as I posted a couple videos from this morning.

7:15 AM the start line banner goes up.

7:15 AM the start line banner goes up.

Stretching and warming up for the race in the rec building.

Stretching and warming up for the race in the rec building.

Gathering for the start of  race at 7:50 AM.

Gathering for the start of race at 7:50 AM.

7:59 AM the race is about to start.

7:59 AM the race is about to start.

By 8:23 AM everyone is gone.

By 8:23 AM everyone is gone.

By | May 9th, 2015|

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.

By | May 3rd, 2015|

Getting ready to turn water on!

The snow piles are just about gone. Yipee! But there was one left in the main parking lot that was getting in the way of turning water on. So John decided to help it along 🙂
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Last snowbank on the property. Can you guess where it is.

Last snowbank on the property. Can you guess where it is.

By | May 2nd, 2015|

Spring is in the air.

After taking pictures of Charlie today, I took my first hike around the property. What a beautiful day; the sun is shining, the snow is melting and the birds are chirping. It’s time to start getting cleaned up for all our guests to arrive 🙂 We can’t wait to see all of you.

I enjoyed my stroll on the nature trail!

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View from bird watch station #4

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View from bird watch station #4

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View from bird watch station #3

View from bird watch station #3.

View from bird watch station #3.

There are still a lot of snow banks around the property that need to melt.

There are still a lot of snow banks around the property that need to melt.

It would be a noisy nights sleep in the Fish Hatchery right now with all the rushing water.

It would be a noisy nights sleep in the Fish Hatchery right now with all the rushing water.

View from the pergola.

View from the pergola.

White Birch Creek is flowing well this spring.

White Birch Creek is flowing well this spring.

View of the flowage from Hwy K.

View of the flowage from Hwy K.

The ice is melting fast!

The ice is melting fast!

By | April 11th, 2015|

Charlie took the plunge!

Congratulations to Chris Weisenbeck, one of our winter guests, for winning the ice out contest! Charlie has taken the plunge. The spring temperatures today helped Charlie to go swimming.

Charlie breaks through the ice.

Charlie breaks through the ice.

After chasing Charlie around the lake in the past, John and Sue got smart this year and tied a rope to him. Made it easy to retrieve him :)

After chasing Charlie around the lake in the past, John and Sue got smart this year and tied a rope to him. Made it easy to retrieve him 🙂

Charlie sunning himself so he can drip dry.

Charlie sunning himself so he can drip dry.

By | April 11th, 2015|

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.

By | April 6th, 2015|

Charlie is ready for your vote!

It’s ice out contest time.

We’d love to have you be a part of the contest. Send us an email at [email protected] with the DATE and TIME that you think Charlie will fall through the ice. All guesses are due by March 15th. The person whose time is the closest will be the winner. If Charlie falls through the ice during the night the date will be credited to the next day. Sue and John will be at sport shows March 3-15, but Scott will be keeping an eye on him for us.

Charlie’s journey out to the ice.

Charlie coming out of hibernation.

Charlie coming out of hibernation.

Getting stuffed.

Getting stuffed.

Relaxing in front of the TV before heading outside.

Relaxing in front of the TV before heading outside.

Rachel giving Charlie a final hug before heading out into the cold.

Rachel giving Charlie a final hug before heading out into the cold.

Sam and Kyle  choosing Charlie's spot to sit  on the ice.

Sam and Kyle choosing Charlie’s spot to sit on the ice.

How many people does it take to get Charlie ready?

How many people does it take to get Charlie ready?

With the frigid temps today (11 below with wind chill of 30 below) the kids decided Charlie needed to be dressed warmer. So on go the boots, mittens and hat.

With the frigid temps today (11 below with wind chill of 30 below) the kids decided Charlie needed to be dressed warmer. So on go the boots, mittens and hat.

Thanks Rachel, Kyle and Sam (they were staying with us this weekend) for helping get Charlie ready.

Thanks Rachel, Kyle and Sam (they were staying with us this weekend) for helping get Charlie ready.

Be sure to send in your guess fro when Charlie will take the plunge!

Be sure to send in your guess for when Charlie will take the plunge!

By | February 22nd, 2015|