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Ice Out Contest

Charlie goes swimming.

Congratulations to Nicole Kazmierczak for choosing the correct date that Charlie went swimming. He broke through the ice around 12:30 PM on Wednesday, May 2nd. Thank you to the 90+ people who entered the contest this year. It was a long wait. Here’s the past Ice Out dates:

2010 – March 25th

2011 – April 15th

2012 – March 19th

2013 – May 6th

2014 – May 5th

2015 – April 11th

2016 – March 30th

2017 – April 6th

There is still a good deal of ice that needs to melt before the fishing opener this weekend. Depending on the temps this week it will be close.

By |May 2nd, 2018|

2018 Ice Out Contest

Charlie is on the ice!

It’s time for the 2018 Ice Out Contest.
Will you be this year’s winner?

 

We’d love to have you be a part of our Ice Out 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 12th. The person whose date and 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 6-12, but Scott will be keeping an eye on him for us.

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

There plenty of ice still on the lake, approximately 28 inches!

By |March 5th, 2018|

Ice Fishing

It’s been a pretty good ice fishing bite this year. It was bitter cold (-20 degrees) for a couple of weeks and then got warm (38 degrees). Pan fish, northerns and bass were all active. I fished afternoons and found a pretty good bite between 2-4 PM. Medium size shiners for northerns and waxies/spikes for pan fish. I prefer Glow type jigs with chartreuse and orange, but many other also work. My son likes gold. But my very favorite is………

Wishing you warm fingers and toes. John

 

By |January 22nd, 2018|

Busy as Beavers

It’s been a busy day around the resort! Multi-tasking at its best getting things ready for our guests to arrive. It takes a whole team to get the resort ready for opening. We are very thankful for all the wonderful staff we have. The busy summer season will be here before you know it and we look forward to seeing everyone again!

Our wonderful housekeepers are busy cleaning every nook and cranny of our vacation homes.

Docks went in today. I never tire of the excitement of the docks going in.

More trees coming down.

Approximately 42 trees are coming down in 2 days. Great Northern Tree Service does a great job.

New apparel is ready for the store. Buffalo Plaid is our signature item this year.

By |May 9th, 2017|

Charlie takes the plunge!

Charlie has taken the plunge. Congratulations to Jon Heeringa for being our Ice Out winner this year. He chose yesterday, April 6th, at 5:12 PM and Charlie began his breakthrough last night and finished this morning. No one had chosen today. It won’t take long for the rest of the ice to disappear. We should be hearing the loons soon! It usually only takes them 24 hours to arrive after the ice goes out.

By |April 7th, 2017|

2017 Ice Out Contest

The Surf is up and Charlie is on the ice!
It’s time for the 2017 Ice Out Contest, will you be this year’s winner?

We’d love to have you be a part of our Ice Out Contest. Send us an email at [email protected] with the DATE and TIME that you think Charlie will fall through the ice. Or you can leave a comment here. All guesses are due by March 12th. The person whose date and 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 7-13, but Scott will be keeping an eye on him for us.

With the warmer temps a week ago Charlie thought it was already time to go swimming, so he dressed appropriately 🙂

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

Thanks to some of the kids from our church who had fun getting their picture taken with Charlie be fore he went out on the ice.

Charlie’s looking pretty dapper.

Staying cool.

There’s still plenty of ice on the lake.

By |March 1st, 2017|

Charlie Takes the Plunge

The weather warmed up enough for Charlie to take the plunge. Charlie fell through the ice last night around 7PM. Too dark to take pictures, so we waited until this morning to capture the event. With the snow falling today and the freezing temperatures in store for the next week he took the plunge just in time before he’d stay stuck in the ice.

Congratulations to Chris and Tami Koening for winning this year’s Ice Out Contest. They chose March 30th at 2PM, which barely beat our runner-up, Guy Morter, who chose March 30th at noon.

Ice still surrounds Charlie, but he did take the plunge.

He’s being pulled under the ice for his trip to the shore.

Up he comes with a face full of ice.

With John’s help Charlie is pulled to shore. He’s grounded and John will have to get his waders on to help Charlie to shore.

As you can see he took the plunge just in time. The snow is falling.

By |March 31st, 2016|

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|