2018-02-08 / Outdoors

Groomers make most of snowfall


LAKE LEELANAU residents Patty and Scott Ray adventured the Cathead Trail at Leelanau State Park on Sunday. The sun was peeking through the clouds and ski conditions were perfect as the Rays and others glided across fresh powder from the weekend. 
Photo: Jen Murphy LAKE LEELANAU residents Patty and Scott Ray adventured the Cathead Trail at Leelanau State Park on Sunday. The sun was peeking through the clouds and ski conditions were perfect as the Rays and others glided across fresh powder from the weekend. Photo: Jen Murphy Leelanau Trail: According to a TART Trails grooming report, Tim Bottrel and Glenn Martin rolled snow on the southern portion of the trail Sunday from Birch Point to the Cherry Bend trailhead and back. Further north, the trail was groomed with two sets of classic tracks and a “good width of corduroy for skating from Suttons Bay to Fort Road. From there the trail is rolled to Bingham Road but not set with tracks or packed by the Ginzu.”

Heritage Trail: The grooming crew was out all weekend and, according to Kerry Kelly’s Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes report on Saturday, the trail had 12 to 18 inches of fresh powder to work with. The crew used the roller and track setter to create two sets of classic tracks and corduroy in the middle, Kelly said.

Palmer Woods: Trail conditions were “excellent,” Kelly said, after a grooming on Sunday.

Grand Traverse Bay: Open water still showed in the middle of West Bay as of Monday morning, but ice is starting to thicken up along the shoreline.

Lake Leelanau: Greg Alsip said about 40 anglers fished the southern end of the south basin Saturday and caught a fair number of walleye in the process. Some nights have been iffy, Alsip said, but thickness is anything but with about a foot of ice on the south basin and 10 inches on the north lake.

Glen Lake: “Lots of ice,” Bob Smith said via text Tuesday morning. The lake figures to be in fine shape for the 2018 WinterFest perch fishing contest, which is set for 7 a.m. on Feb. 17.

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