Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Reports

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Update 2/28/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

1:25 pm  We didn't get any new snow but we have had bitter cold temperatures. Most of the local trails, 655, 6 and 654 were groomed on Friday. I went to Meredith and Captain Fraser met me there and finished up. He also did Duck Lake and 654. Mike J groomed 6 and the West trail 6/7.  The trails are holding up well considering the winter we are having. People are still complaining about Trail #6 from Houghton Lake to St Helen. If you are unhappy with that trail please call the local DNR office and voice your opinion. The Houghton Lake Club does not groom east of Duck Lake Rd and the 655 trail crossing. Think Snow!!!

Update 2/26/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

1:25 pm  The video of this mornings trail check is uploaded, click the picture below to view it. Think Snow!!!!

9:25 am  We got just a dusting of snow and the low was -15. I have a video from a very short blast taken this morning on the trails. I will upload it and place it here when its done. This will take a while as the GoPro files are heavily compressed. The trails were beautiful and flat but its bitter cold this morning. Our trail system is groomed and flat. Riders are reporting good trails on 6 to Leota, 6/7 to Fife Lake and Kalkaska, 655 local and 654 local, but terrible rides on Trails 6 from Houghton Lake to St Helen. I haven't heard one good thing about this section all year. If you had a bad experience please on that section please call the DNR and report it to them.Think Snow!!!!!

 

Update 2/25/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

6:25 pm  We got 3-4 inches of snow last night. There was a lot of blowing and drifting. I will post pictures of the trails after my trail check. This looks to be a great weekend to come up and ride. Captain Fraser returned last light from a 200 mile trip and said the trails were in excellent shape. At times it was snowing so hard you could hardly see. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 2/22/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

6:25 pm  Not much new to report, I will go and take some pictuires of the trails again today. We got a dusting of snow last night and a bit of snow Saturday. We had many guests out riding yesterday and all of them reported having a good time. Its hard to keep this snow packed in the corners as it has no moisture in it and it doesnt pack well. Please be careful when riding in groups this fluffy snow makes white outs for everyone but the leader. I was grooming Trail 6 Friday and was reminded of the guy that missed the corner just east of Duck Lake Rd. There are some flowers and a coffe cup where he struck the tree and died. He was familiar with this area. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 2/20/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

6:25 pm  We got a dusting of snow (again) and the low was -28. Nothing new since the pictures were posted, I am going to try and groom. I will try and post the pictures when I return. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 2/19/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

6:25 pm  We got a dusting of snow and the low was -17. Some guests rode to Meredith and around the local loops and said they had a great ride. Captain Fraser and a couple of his friends rode some local stuff today as well. Everyone said very few people riding today, probably due to the temps. It never got above -3 today and its -11 right now. I took a short blast to take some pictures and they are posted below.  Think Snow!!!!!

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Update 2/18/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

12:25 pm  We got about 1/2" of new snow and the low was 2. The trails are in decent shape, some areas all white, some snirty. Some guys went to Leota today and we will have an update from them when they come back. 655 was groomed by Mike J on Sunday. 654 and 6 will get groomed today/tonight. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 2/15/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:25 am  We got a more snow yesterday and last night until around 10pm. Impossible to tell how much with all the drifting. The wind was gusting to 25+ for most of the day and well into the night. There are 3-5 foot drifts everywhere. The temp last night was -22 and its -20 right now. I will try and get out to take some picturtes but we have lots of guests with sleds this morning. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 2/14/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:25 am  We got a couple inches of snow last night and the low was -12. Today it is snowing on and off and winds are gusting to 40MPH. I rode the shoreline to show some guests to the trail and it is a whiteout. Be careful out on the trails there are large drifts in many areas. If you ride the lake remember everyone is hugging the shoreline and you cannot see more than 50 feet. So they can't see you either. We can't do much groomiung until this wind stops. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 2/13/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:25 am  No new snow last night, just blistery cold temperatures. They are calling for snow today and tomorrow. I didn't get a chance to take pictures but I will try and do it today. Some guests rode yeaterday and last night and reported fair-excellent trails. Fair being the end near Meredith. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 2/12/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:25 am  WE got a small blast of snow, hard to measure how much. No more than 1-1/2 inches and very gusty winds. We rode to Meredith last night and the trails were very good in spots and thin in others. Not bad considering the season we are having. I will post pictures today. They are calling for more snow tomorrow and Saturday. There was lots of drifting last night so be careful out on the trails. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 2/7/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:25 am  No new snow overnight and only light flurries during the day yesterday. The trails are holding up well and have had light traffic. Every trail in our system was grommed yesterday and last night with the exception of the West trail 6/7 leading up the West side of the lake. I spoke to two riders when I got to the 6/7 split on Canoe Camp Rd. and they said the trail was beautifuil.  Mike J groomed 654, I did Trail 6 to the 6/7 split, and Captain Fraser did Meredith. The West trail groomed earlier in the week and has seen very little traffic. The tractor ran from 9.30am to 2.30 am nonstop this morning. Captain Fraser also looked at the trail north of us (Higgins Lake Rd and Mitltary Trail) trailhead and said it was well covered. Pictures will be posted later today if I get time. The lake is well covered well and access to and from the trails from the lake is still good. Think Snow!!!!!

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Update 2/4/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

10:25 am  We got 2" of new snow last night. there is more in the forecast and cold temps thru the weekend. The trails are in good shape, this would be one of the best weekends of the winter so far to come up and ride. The lake is covered well and access to and from the trails from the lake is good.  Think Snow!!!!!

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Update 2/3/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:25 am  No new snow last night, and the low was 4. There is some in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. We are going to do some trail checks today and see how they look. There was very little traffic on them over the weekend. Pictures will be posted today or tomorrow. Captain Fraser took a short ride from the trailhead to the intersection at Waco Rd and Trail 6 down trail 655. then he took 6 over to 654 and back to Riley Rd. He said all of it was white, with the exception of a few corners that people were blowing the snow off.  Think Snow!!!!!

Update 2/2/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:25 am  Hard to tell how much snow we got last night with all the wind. The low was -9. I passed Hal on his way out with the groomer at around 3pm. I believe he was doing Meredith. Mike J said he was going to do the West trail (6/7). I talked to some riders that came into town from Meredith at 3pm and they said they had a great ride and there wasn't any reason not to be out enjoying it. A couple guests on 2-ups went to St Helen Saturday night and they said it was nice scenery but a very bumpy ride. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 1/31/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:25 am  We got a dusting of snow last night. I never got time to go and take pictures yesterday, but I did groom last night. The trails are flat and are covered well. There were a lot of drifted areas. I took a few pictures and will try and put them up today. It appeared when I got to the intersection at Duck Lake, Trail 655 and Trail 6 that the St Helen groomer was there before me and had turned around. I saw marks from what appeared to be a track style groomer, maybe St Helen has one. Trail 6 towards St Helen looked freshly groomed. A couple guests rode to Meredith on Friday and they said they had a great ride. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 1/30/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:25 am  Hard to tell how much of the lake effect snow we got last night as the winds were gusting in excess of 30 MPH. I could see it on the radar and in the streetlights last night and the snow was moving sideways. Lots of drifting occured as a result. I will take some pictures of the trails and post them before noon. It is 10 degress now and the temps last night were below 0 with the wind chill. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 1/28/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:25 am  We got a couple inches of badly needed snow overnight and it is still snowing. The temps were warmer than the last couple days so this is wet snow. This will improve the trails and access to them from town. I will post some more pictures before the weekend. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 1/26/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

9:25 am  This winter just isn't throwing us any bones. We didn't get any new snow last night, and the low was -2. I took some pictures yesterday evening and they are posted below. Some areas are white, some are down to bare spots. It is flat but needs more snow. We have a couple guys going out today so we will see how their ride goes. Temps all week are well below frezing. .Think Snow!!!!!

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Update 1/24/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

10:25 pm  Happy TUT 2015. No new snow last night. The entire trail system was groomed to keep it flat. The trails are ridable but some areas are very dirty. The trails North and East of us have not been groomed. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 1/22/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

10:25 pm  Happy TUT 2015. Nothing new to report, no new snow. The low last night was in the teens, so we haven't last any snow. The trails are unchanged because there are very few people riding during the week. I will post new pictures when conditions change. There is still good snow on the lake for the TUT and plenty of way to get to the lake from the woods. I will clear road ends at Townline, Jefferson and Reserve for access to/from the lake for TUT. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 1/20/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

01:25 pm  Happy TUT 2015. Pictures of a few trail crossings are posted below. These are south of town. 655 to Meredith is bad south of the County Line Rd. Still decent snow on seasonal roads and off trail. Some trails white, some snirty. Strating in Meredith and going north is a bad idea. There are still plenty of places to ride with decent snow coverage. The lake is still covered quite well for the next weekend of TUT. Access from Owens Rd is getting dirty. Some areas white, some down to dirt. Think Snow!!!!!

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Update 1/20/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

08:25 am  Happy TUT 2015. Just a dusting of snow again, and bitter cold temps with a low of 8 last night. Trails 655 and 654 were groomed over the last two days. The west trail has not been groomed yet. There isn't a lot of snow to work with and there are some bare and thin spots. I will post some pictures today. We sent a few sleds out yesterday and they said they had a good ride. Both groups did about 90 miles, all heading north. One group went into Grayling. This is far from the best but its all we have so we have to make do. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 1/16/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

11:25 am  Happy TUT 2015. I went around the lake this morning and took some pictures. The open areas on Long Point and the large stretch near Denton Creek  has iced over. Please remember this is new ice and it is not as thick as the rest of the lake. It sticks out because there isn't much now on these areas. Just don't go looking for open water like you may have seen in other posts online and think if you dont see any that you are on thick ice. The arial pictures posted online on facebook show where the water was open. Tomorrows high is mid-30's but according to the weather it isn't supposed to peak until late in the day. Tonights low is 7 degrees. Please be extremely careful in the North Bay and Around Denton Creek. Check the area where you are going in daylight hours. Think Snow!!!!!

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            Co. rd 300 (Yeager Rd 4 left pictures)                                                                                                                                                                        Denton Creek Area

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Pictures of denton Creek Area Today at 11.30 am (4 pictures)

Pictures below are of Denton Creek Take January 9th 2015

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08:25 am  Happy TUT 2015. We got a dusting of snow last night. It is 14 degrees right now. The drag races start today. I am going to take pictures of the lake and a few of the trails. I will post them when I get back. Tomorrows high is mid-30's but according to the weather it isn't supposed to peak until late in the day. Tonights low is 7 degrees. Please be extremely careful in the North Bay and Around Denton Creek. Check the area where you are going in daylight hours. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 1/15/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

12:25 pm  Nothing new to report, just blistery cold temperatures. The trails are holding up ok, some areas white, some areas snirty. The lake has a lot of snow on it for riding and the temps will be good for the first week of Tip-Up-Town 2015. The high on Sat keeps getting lowered, hopefully we don't break the 32 degree mark. I will get the lake pictures posted today.  Please be extremely careful in the North Bay and Around Denton Creek. Check the area where you are going in daylight hours. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 1/13/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

7:25 pm  Just a dusting of snow last night and the low was -14. We will take some pictures today and tomorrow of the trails and poke some holes in the ice. Tip-Up-Town is this weekend so the trails will take a beating. They need more snow. These cold temps are making the ice much thicker so this weekend the lake around the Tip-Up-Town site should be much thicker than it was two weeks ago. I will update pictures around the lake Thursday. Please be extremely careful in the North Bay and Around Denton Creek. Check the area where you are going in daylight hours. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 1/11/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

7:25 pm  We had some warmer temps today, but it may have done us a bit of good. This should pack and stick a bit to help build a base. We ran from the resort to Dingmans last night, returning around 10pm. We caught the Rosco-higgins groomer on our way back. The trail was choppy before we past him. The trails south of town look a bit dirty, as did the trail before we came across the groomer. We need more snow. We will take some pictures and post them thru the week leading into Tip-Up-Town. There is plenty of ice near the TUT site, so that will not be a problem. Be cautious in the North Bay, still places with 3-5 inches of ice. I will post the pictures taken in the East Bay. This area was much larger than anything you want to skip across, over 1 mile long. This is still not the time to make a ride around the lake thinking sticking to the shoreline and you will be ok. Please be extremely careful in the North Bay and Around Denton Creek. Check the area where you are going in daylight hours. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 1/09/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:25 am  We got a couple inches of snow last night. I rode the shoreline from the resort over to Co Rd.300. I got off the lake and crossed US127 over to trail 6/7. The large area of open water that is in the pictures taken on Jan 2nd is closed up. There is still open water near Long Point. Also the area around Denton Creek is still open, and it stretches from the creek all the way around east bay, several hundred yards North and east of the Riviera Resort. This is not a year to show up late at night a blast across the lake. I drove the shoreline to get to Co Rd 300 staying very close to shore. This is not the time to make a ride around the lake thinking sticking to the shoreline and you will be ok. Please be extremely careful in the North Bay and Around Denton Creek. Check the area where you are going in daylight hours. We made a short video last season and never got around to publishing it. So we will post it today and hopefull it will get people thinking about snowmobiling and Houghton Lake. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 1/08/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

11:25 am  Just a dusting of snow last night but the low was around -1. I went over to West Shore to see what the Noth Bay looks like. It was snow covered but we did not take sleds on it. I am going back today during daylight hours to poke the holes along shore in that area. We have a winter Advisory today at 1pm thru tomorrow. We are rushing to get things covered and ready hoping for more snow. We made a short video last season and never got around to publishing it. So we will post it today and hopefull it will get people thinking about snowmobiling and Houghton Lake. Please be extremely careful in the North Bay. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 1/07/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

4:25 pm  I am posting these pictures taken January 2nd 2015. People are not understanding where this area is, or how unusual this is. This is taken off the end of county RD 300 on the West Shore. Three days before these pictures were taken this area was frozen, I saw it myself. It did not look safe so I did not take pictures. I am going to go and take a look at it again today, but these are here so people understand that if it looks frozen, it is new and very thin ice. These pictures were taken by Pete N. Thank you Pete for the pictures. Think Snow!!!!!

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Update 1/07/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

9:25 am  We got a couple more inches of snow last night and the temps were -2. They are calling for snow all week so the trails should be great for the weekend. If you have been waiting for a chance to ride, now is the time. Everything around town is snow covered with the extremely cold temperatures including M-55. Access on Owens to/from the lake is good. I talked to a few guys from Clio yesterday that unloaded in Meredith and rode to Prudenville. They said the trails were in good shape. Larry groomed 655 yesterday, Chris groomed 654 and 6. Mike J was working on the West trail. Leota is doing their area. I will go and tale a look at the area in North Bay and see what it looks like after the few days of cold. Be very careful in this area as it has ice much thinner than most of the lake. I would avoid that area in the North Bay and around County Rd. 300.  Think Snow!!!!!

Update 1/05/15 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

9:25 am  We finally got some snow. We got 7-9" depending where you go on our system. I talked to Mike J and the whole system is getting groomed today. The pictures below were taken yesterday. The area in North Bay by CO Rd. 300 along West shore Drive has iced over in some areas but others remain open. Be very careful in this area as it has ice much thinner than most of the lake. I would avoid that area in the North Bay and around County Rd. 300. I will go over there tomorrow if i get a chance and poke some holes and take pictures. Think Snow!!!!!

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Update 12/29/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

9:25 am  I checked the ice again and it is now 6"+ out front of the resort. All the standing water refroze and it is getting thicker along shore as the ice is expanding once again and crawling up the seawall. The low last night was in the teens and the high today expected to be only 24. The next few nights will bring some single digit temps at night. The area in North Bay by CO Rd. 300 along West shore Drive has iced over. Be very careful in this area as it was open water a couple days ago. It appeared there was still a small open area 300-400 yards out.  Think Snow!!!!!

Update 12/27/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

12:55 pm  I went out on the ice and poked a couple holes. The ice is thin along shore, but solid enough to walk on. At about 150 yards there was 6". There ate many peoiple out there ice fishing. One guy I talked to was from Indiana and drove up for the day. He said people there still have their boats out. So I guess it could be worse. A low of 25 tonight, high of 29 tomorrow, then low of 15 on Monday night. Then highs in the teens. It we get a dusting of snow it may be possible to get some rides in on the lake before New Years. It may be the only place in the lower we can ride. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 12/27/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

7:55 am  It looks like one more day of these temps, and then maybe winter can begin again. There was quite a few people out on the ice fishing yesterday and a few out there today. Iwill go and put some more holes in it today. If anyone is interested in ATV's we have a special, 4 ATV's for the weekend and a Chalet for $1000.00. Thats $125.00 each day for each ATV and a free place to stay for the weekend (up to 3 nights). We will update ice conditions again soon. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 12/25/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

7:55 am  Merry Christmas!!! 

 Not much good to write about, the temps are still peaking in the mid 30's almost every day. The ice is holding, but be very cautious along shore, especially if you are thinking of taking a quad or a sled out there. The rain keeps weakening the ice along shore. There are people ice fishing, some hundreds of yards from shore. . The hole in the North Bay is now much larger and you cannot get to CO Rd 300 on the lake going North along West shore Drive. The reason I am telling people this is when it does freez over it will be lacking thickness as opposed to other areas of the lake. From the North side of the lake it appears frozen as far as you can see, however it is not. Do not go out there at night without looking around. These temps have made the lake ice thickness vary greatly from one area to another. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 12/19/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

7:55 am  Not much to write about, the last week brought us warm temps and finally about 3" of new snow on Tuesday. It is 8 degress right now. The lake had thawed along the shoreline and the ice that had been creeping up the seawall receeded. I walked out there yesterday and it froze back up along the shore. The hole in the North Bay is now much larger and you cannot get to CO Rd 300 on the lake going North along West shore Drive. The reason I am telling people this is when it does freez over it will be lacking thickness as opposed to other areas of the lake. From the North side of the lake it appears frozen as far as you can see, however it is not. Do not go out there at night without looking around. These temps have made the lake ice thickness vary greatly from one area to another. Please be very careful if you go out on the lake. I will put some holes in it this morning out front of the resort and the DNR launch. If anyone is interested in ATV's we have a special, 4 ATV's for the weekend and a Chalet for $1000.00. Thats $125.00 each day for each ATV and a free place to stay for the weekend (up to 3 nights). The snow that came was wet, so if anyone wants to come and run the trails to make sure no limbs came down, we will give you a place to stay. Most of the work was completed by groups organized by Jim Debo of the Houghton Lake Trailblazers Snowmobile club. Please join their club if you ride in this area. The pictures below are showing the open area in North Bay taken yesterday on my trip to Innovative Fabrication in Higgins Lake. Bruce does machining, cylinder boring and welding as well as anything to make a buck. If you need something machined call him at 989-821-9028. He doesn't know I posted this, I just mentioned hime because we use him fairly often and things are slow up here. We will update ice conditions again soon. Think Snow!!!!!

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Update 12/10/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

9:45 am  No snow last night and warmer temps coming for the weekend. If anyone is interested in ATV's we have a special, 4 ATV's for the weekend and a Chalet for $1000.00. Thats $125.00 each day for each ATV and a free place to stay for the weekend (up to 3 nights). The temps were in the high teens last night and we got a dusting of snow on monday night. The lake has 6+ inches out front of the resort and the DNR launch. There is still open water in the North Bay. The same place at CO RD 300 looking North and East. Still looking for help brushing and picking up the trails so if anyone wants to help and they can get a couple guys the club can provide the tools and American Oak can provide a place for you to stay for free while you are helping. Most of the work was completed by groups organized by Jim Debo of the Houghton Lake Trailblazers Snowmobile club. This season is bringing us wildly fluctuating temperatures. Please stay off the lake unless you check the area you are going to be on VERY CAREFULLY. These pictures are from a specific areas and do not reflect all areas of the lake. We will update ice conditions again soon. Think Snow!!!!!

Open Water in North Bay

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Update 12/07/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

9:00 am  I will start today by remembering Pearl Harbor and all of those that lost their lives on this day 73 years ago. By comparison this generation gave more than any other generation in American History in numbers of lost lives and those wounded in battle. And for the women that went to work in factories while the men were at war We should all thank them too. If it wasn't for this generation would be flying a different flag in this country... Sadly enough it appears that there is overwhelming proof that these men were sacrificed for somebody in Washingtons "greater good" and we may have been able to warn these men what was on the horizon. Let that be a lesson to all Americans. Stand by our country and our constituition, not by our President. Now a brief report, no new snow, bitter cold temps into single digits last night. The lake is making ice with these temps and no snow on it. Lots of people ice fishing out front of the DNR launce and Jefferson St. I have not taken a trip on the lake and put holes in other locations so be very carfulif you decide to out out on the ice. These pictures are from a specific areas and do not reflect all areas of the lake.

 

Update 12/05/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

9:00 am  A couple more pictures from this morning. There was 5" out front on Jefferson and a man fishing out in front of the DNR launch on Townline reported 5-6" where he was at. Please be very careful if you go out fishing. These pictures are from a specific areas and do not reflect all areas of the lake.

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Update 12/05/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

7:45 am  No snow last night, and they dont have any in the forecast for the weekend. The temps were in the low 20's last night. The pictures below are taken from CO RD 300 looking North and East. It was frozen around Long Point, but slightly north of the Point was this area of OPEN WATER. In both pictures on the top left side there is an area with no homes. This is the State Park on the North side of the Lake. Still looking for help brushing and picking up the trails so if anyone wants to help and they can get a couple guys the club can provide the tools and American Oak can provide a place for you to stay for free while you are helping. Nobody has taken us up on this offer. This season is bringing us wildly fluctuating temperatures. Please stay off the lake. These pictures are from a specific areas and do not reflect all areas of the lake. We will update ice conditions again soon. Think Snow!!!!!

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Update 12/04/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

10:45 am  A dusting of snow last night and the temps were in the teens. There was about 4" of ice out front of the resort yesterday. I will check it again tomorrow. We still need help brushing and picking up the trails so if anyone wants to help and they can get a couple guys the club can provide the tools and American Oak can provide a place for you to stay for free while you are helping.  This season is bringing us wildly fluctuating temperatures. Please stay off the lake. These pictures are from a specific areas and do not reflect all areas of the lake. We will update ice conditions again soon. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 12/03/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

10:45 am  A dusting of snow last night and the temps were in the teens. There was about 4" of ice out front of the resort yesterday. I will check it again tomorrow. We still need help brushing and picking up the trails so if anyone wants to help and they can get a couple guys the club can provide the tools and American Oak can provide a place for you to stay for free while you are helping.  This season is bringing us wildly fluctuating temperatures. Please stay off the lake.These pictures are from a specific areas and do not reflect all areas of the lake. We will update ice conditions again soon. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 12/02/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

10:45 am  No snow last night but the temps were in the single digits. This is helping get us some good ice. I will go out again today and cut a few more holes in the ice. We still need help brushing and picking up the trails so if anyone wants to help and they can get a couple guys the club can provide the tools and American Oak can provide a place for you to stay for free while you are helping.  This season is bringing us wildly fluctuating temperatures. Please stay off the lake. These pictures are from a specific areas and do not reflect all areas of the lake. We will update ice conditions again soon. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 12/01/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

9:45 am  It's safe to say that the first day of the official snowmobile season is somewhat a bust. The temps last night and now are in the teens. The snow that was on the lake all melted then froze once again. The lake is glare ice and the flattest I have ever seen.  We still need help brushing and picking up the trails so if anyone wants to help if can get a couple guys the club can provide the tools and American Oak can provide a place for you to stay for free while you are helping.  It is very dangerous out there. Please stay off the lake. These pictures are from a specific area and do not reflect all areas of the lake. We will update ice conditions again soon. Think Snow!!!!!

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Update 11/30/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

9:45 am  The warm temps and the drizzle again melted all the snow. The lake is a watery mess once again. The thaws are making a mess on the trails and creating water spots. We need help brushing and picking up the trails so if anyone wants to help if can get a couple guys the club can provide the tools and American Oak can provide a place for you to stay for free while you are helping.  It is very dangerous out there. Please stay off the lake. These pictures are from a specific area and do not reflect all areas of the lake. We will update ice conditions again soon. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 11/29/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

10:45 am  We got anout 1" of snow last night and the temps were in the low teens again. I poked a few holes in the lake and there was only a couple inches out front close to shore. When I went out further there was 3-4 inches. I ran across the only icefisherman, he was about 100 yards out in front of the DNR launch in Townline. It was a man from Grand Rapids Michigan. He had already caught 1 Walleye. The pictures are below. It is very dangerous out there. Please stay off the lake. These pictures are from a specific area and do not reflect all areas of the lake. We will update ice conditions again soon. Think Snow!!!!!

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Update 11/28/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

9:00 am  We got 1-2" of snow last night and the temps were in the low teens. The light snow has turned the lake all white once again. I will go out today and put some holes in it if its safe enough to walk on. It is very dangerous out there. Please stay off the lake. We will update ice conditions as soon as there measurable ice. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 11/27/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

11:00 am  Happy Thanksgiving. Nothing new to report, the cold temps are helping the lake make ice. It is very dangerous out there. Please stay off the lake. We will update ice conditions as soon as there measurable ice. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 11/26/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

9:00 pm  The water on the lake absorbed most of the snow that fell. It is pretty much a sheet of bare ice which is better at this point. It will freeze better without the wet heavy snow on top. I walked out there this morning and its only a couple inches thick along shore. It may be a bit thicker further from shore as all the water runoff thinned the ice along shore. Please stay off the lake. We will update ice conditions as soon as there measurable ice. Happy Thanksgiving in advance...Think Snow!!!!!

Update 11/25/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

11:00 am  The rain turned to snow at about 6pm and we received about 7" of wet heavy snow. The lake appears to have held, but all the water on it before this snow surely weakened the ice. This snow on the ice will affect how well it re-freezes so be very careful. I went down there last night when the rain first changed to snow and the ice along shore was very week. Please stay off the lake. We will update ice conditions as soon as there measurable ice. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 11/23/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

11:00 am  The warm weather continued overnight and much of the snow has melted.So far the lake has held. There is still 24+ hours of above freezing temps before this spell is over. I did not go on the lake due to the warm weather spell. The cold temps are predicted to return by Monday around 8 pm or so. Todays high is 48. Please stay off the lake. We will update ice conditions as soon as there measurable ice. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 11/20/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

4:00 pm  Just a dusting overnight, but it has been snowing on and off all day. It was a low of 16 last night and tonight its suppoosed to be in the single digits. I will probably go out on the ice tomorrow and see what its looking like. Please stay off the lake. We will update ice conditions as soon as there measurable ice. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 11/19/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

9:00 pm  We got a couple more inches of snow, probably 7" on the ground now. Mike J. has been out using this snow to fill in holes and start to flatten the trails. We don't usually get to do this until December and people get upset as we mix dirt with the snow. The lake is frozen in most areas but there are still a few open spots. Please stay off the lake. We will update ice conditions as soon as there measurable ice. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 11/18/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

10:00 am  We got a few more inches of snow, probably 5" on the ground now. As far as I can see on the lake it has iced over and is white from the snow. Snow in the forecast every day until Friday. Please stay off the lake. We will update ice conditions as soon as there measurable ice. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 11/17/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

10:00 am  A couple inches more inches last night and lows in the 20's. Large areas of the lake iced over. The East bay is mostly frozen as is the north side of the lake. It is supposed to be in the teens tonight with a winter advisory. A reminder to everyone to please stay away from the lake as ice is very dangerous early in the season. We will update ice conditions as soon as there measurable ice. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 11/16/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

10:00 am  We got our first measurable snowfall last night, a couple inches and its still snowing. Large areas of the lake iced over last night. I have never seen ice this early in November. A reminder to everyone to please stay away from the lake as ice is very dangerous early in the season. We will update ice conditions as soon as there measurable ice. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 11/12/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

10:00 am  This is the first udate of the season and it is cold. This is the coldest October/November that I can remember. A little more than 2 weeks from the start of the season and at least it has been snowing. We will update ice conditions as soon as there is some good news. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 3/8/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

10:25 am  The warm temps yesterday took a bit of a toll on the trails, but they held up well. Today it's not supposed to go above freezing. The next three days don't look good, so today is the day to ride. We will update again with pictures after the warm weather passes thru. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 2/28/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

11:25 am  We got a bit of snow yesterdayt and a dusting last night, the low was -23. There was lots of blowing and drifting. The trails are in the best shape they have been in for years, this late in Februrary. GroomerChris is running tonight on 6 and 654. The weekend and into next week looks to stay very cold so there will be good riding conditions. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 2/26/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:25 am  We got a dusting last night and the low was -7. GroomerChris and Captain Fraser finished 654 and 6 last night in the groomer, so most everything has a fresh groom. There is an advisory tonight for high winds and snow. The weekend forecast looks to stay very cold so there will be good riding conditions. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 2/25/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

11:25 am  Couple more inches in the last two days, and the trails are in excellent shape. If you are looking to ride during minimal traffic this is a great week. Larry was on 655 last night, and the ride to/from Meredith was like a highway. Groomerchris is going tonight. The rest of the system will be groomed over the next few days. Think Snow!!!!!

Update 2/22/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

11:25 am  We got a couple more inches of snow, then a lot of drifting. The drifts added to the snow we could pull in to add to the Base. The trails are in as good as shape as they were last weekend. If you want to ride, now is the time. Pictures of last nights groom are posted below. Larry did 655, Chris and I did 654 and 6 to the split going to Leota, and Mike is out on the west trail. Think Snow!!!!!

           

           

Update 2/21/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:25 am  We got a wintery mix, snow, and lots of wind. I made a 15 mile ride at 7.30 this morning and the trails held up well. The lake still has loose snow in places where the sleds didnt pack it from Mondays fresh snowfall. Access to and from the lake is still ok, Owens and Devonshire are still snow covered on the shoulders. It is extremely windy with light snow. There are small branches down. Please stop and pick up anything you come across so the groomers don't have to get out and do it. Pictures from this morning are posted below. Think Snow!!!!!

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Update 2/20/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:45 pm  We got 4-5" of snow on Tuesday, and a dusting last night and this morning. Yesterdays warm temps did not hurt the trails too much, and the forecast for today keeps changing. We will update again by tomorrow morning. So far nothing today but snow. Hopefully the temps stay low enough to cause any more damage. We will update again by 9 am tomorrow. Think Snow!!!!

Update 2/15/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:45 pm  The trails are holding up well, the bitter cold temps are keeping the snow we have and there is more in the forecast. We are grooming 3-4 times a week and will continue as long as the temps stay cold. Think Snow!!!!

Update 2/10/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

2:45 pm  The groomer is out on trail 655 right now. I will be out on 654 & 6 tonite, so our system will have a fresh groom after tonite. It was getting a little rough. Well at least rough for this year, the trails have been great this year. So c'mon up fresh groom on the trails.  Think Snow!!!!

Update 2/8/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

7:45 am  I just returned from grooming 655 to Meredith. The trails are in excellent shape, these cold temps are keeping everything nice. I only took a few pictures and I will post them if I get a chance. I groomed Duck Lake Rd also. Meredith was a bit bumpy close to the trailhead on Meridith Grade, but for the most part it was in decent shape before todays groom. Chris did 655, 6 and 654 Tuesday, and there has been minimal traffic. We will probably run again tonight. Think Snow!!!!

Update 2/5/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

4:45 pm  No new snow since Saturday, trails are still in good shape. 654, 655 & 6 were all groomed last night and today. 6 toward St Helen from our 655 I was told today is a bit rough

Update 2/4/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

9:00 am  We got about 3" of snow on Saturday, and the trails are holding up well. These frigid cold temps are preventing any snow loss. Grooming is continuing almost every day and the trails are in the best shape they have been in since probably 2008-2009 season. THINK SNOW!!!

Update 1/31/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:00 pm  Took a ride on part of 654, 655 and 6, trails are good, nice and smooth and the groomers will be out again today and tonite. THINK SNOW!!!

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Update 1/27/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

10:45 am  655, 654 & 6 (E. of Reserve Rd.) were all groomed last night and this morning. Trails are looking good. Still some ice but we're gonna have that the rest of the year. Really cold, about 3 below now, gonna stay cold for a few days. We got a couple inches of new snow last nite, some drifting. THINK SNOW!!!

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Update 1/23/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

10:45 am  We got a couple more inches of new snow, and the temps were double digits below zero the last couple nights. The trails were groomed again last night and they are very flat with few places showing any dirt. There is still an icy base, so be careful in the corners. The second weekend of Tip-Up-Town is this weekend so there will be a lot of people on the lake. Make sure you have a trail permit, even if you are riding the lake only. THINK SNOW!!!

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Update 1/21/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

3:45 pm  The whole Houghton Lake trail system was groomed last night, looking pretty good considering the snow situation. Groomers have been running every night. Could always use some more snow. Still some ice in the corners.  THINK SNOW!!!

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Update 1/17/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

12:45 pm  Haven't been on trails yet today, had to work on a rental sled. Drove by several trail crossings on the way in and the trails are white again, just be careful in the corners, still icy under the new snow. We got about 3" I'll get out on the trails later today and give a better report.

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Update 1/15/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

12:45 pm  Haven't been on trails yet today, had to work on a rental sled. Drove by several trail crossings on the way in and the trails are white again, just be careful in the corners, still icy under the new snow. We got about 3" I'll get out on the trails later today and give a better report

Update 1/14/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

5:00 pm   Ok, trails are about the same as the 12th. Rideable, but could use some more snow, and guess what....IT"S SNOWIN!!!!!! Calling for 1-4, hopefully more but this will help. I'm goin for a ride in the morning so should have a pretty good update by noon-noon30. We're supposed to get snow into Friday. It's coming down pretty good now. We'll let all of you know tomorrow. Thanx for checking the page. THINK SNOW!!!

Update 1/12/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

4:00 pm   Took a ride out 655 from Prudenville trail head to 2nd Duck Lake crossing, went down Duck Lake to Waco back onto 655 to Boyce Rd over to 6 back up to Waco then over to 654. Took 654 back to Duck Lake Rd. Trails are dirty in some places, they are rideable. They're calling for snow Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri. Don't know how much accumulation but will keep all of you posted every day this week  THINK SNOW!!!

Update 1/11/13 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

11:00 am   The rain and freezing rain has taken a toll on the trails. We aill not be renting any sleds until we get more snow. The warm up continues so there isnt much sense in posting any pictures. We will update again when conditions improve. There is snow in the forecastr for early next week so we will have to wait and see.  THINK SNOW!!!

Udate 1/8/13 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:00 am   Nothing new to write about except extremely cold temperatures. The trails are holding up well, but the weather this weekend renmians to be the concern. They are calling for mid 30's on Saturday and that wont be good for the trails. It seems whenever we get a bit of a warmup it happens on the busiest days on the trails. Not much sense in posting pictures today, as it could all change by Friday. If you can ride during the week, this is a good week to come up and ride. We will keep an eye on the forecast for the weekend. THINK SNOW!!!

Update 1/6/13 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:00 am   We got a couple inches of snow last night, and the low was around 6. Everything got groomed yesterday and the trails are in excellent shape with the new snow. I cleared out the road ends in preparation for Tip-Up-Town and I started packing the road West of the Tip-Up-Town site onto the lake for the ice drag groups. I will keep packing this and keep it clear. The ice didnt buckle a bit. This should be a good access point for the ice drags. Trail 654 was the snirtiest of them all and with this new snow it will freshen it up a bit. They are all extremely flat compared to the connectors to other sections of trail system. Bitter cold temps and snow showers are in the forecast, but I don't see any significant storm over the next couple days. THINK SNOW!!!

Update 1/3/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:00 am   Just a dusting last night, Captain Fraser groomed Duck Lake, Part of 6 and Rollway road to US127 at Canoe camp. Some sections are great, some a bit snirty. Chris did 655 to Meredith. I am going now to do 654 and 6. I took a ride to Meredith last night and for all the nay-sayers the video will be posted below. I bought a Go-pro so probably more videos will be posted this season than stills. We need more snow but there is still decent riding. THINK SNOW!!!

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Update 1/3/14 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:00 am   Just a dusting last night, the trails were groomed last night Larry did 655 to Meredith and Hal was doing 6 and 654. Mike was out on the west trail. There are some thin spots, and some ice spots but they are holding up relatively well. We need more snow. The low last night was -5. I hope to have some pictures tonight but we have been very busy and havent had time to update. THINK SNOW!!!

Update 12/22/13 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

8:00 am   More snow last night, about 3" here, I suspect a bit more as you go south of town. Things are shaping up a lot and more snow is in the forecast. I will take some more pictures today. This is looking to be the best conditions in years for the Christmas break. I was going to groom last night, but by 2am it was really snowing hard. The lake has 8+ of ice out in front of the resort, and there are lots of people out ice fishing.  Be Careful on and Around the lake. Check ice thicknesses carefully before you go.  THINK SNOW!!!

Update 12/21/13 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

12:00 am   We didnt get any rain, just more snow. Hard to tell how much, but there is about 12" on the ground here. I am going to make a short run showing some customers to the trailhead so I will snap some pictures.  Be Careful on and Around the lake. Check ice thicknesses carefully before you go.  THINK SNOW!!!

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Update 12/19/13 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

12:00 am   I took a ride on the trails and there is not much base. You can hear the ski's digging to the dirt. They have been panned and they have done all they can. We need more snow. They will not sustain much traffic, this is ridable but early season riding for sure. If 50 sleds hit these trails they will be done. The lake is good for riding and getting to the trails. Be Careful on and Around the lake. Check ice thicknesses carefully before you go.  THINK SNOW!!!

Update 12/18/13 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

12:00 pm   We have from 8-14" of snow on the ground depending where you go on our trail system. The lake has 8" out in front of the resort. There is not much of a base but there is snow to ride. It will not take a lot of traffic with the snow that we have. There is a rumor of a system coming this weekend, and that may be rain/snow or a mix. It appears as though we may have something to ride on over the Christmas break and we will post pictures over the next couple days. Some limited grooming has been going on, but again there is not much of a base. The lake has plenty of snow cover for riding and getting to the trails. Be Careful on and Around the lake. Check ice thicknesses carefully before you go.  THINK SNOW!!!

Update 3/08/13 :   Houghton Lake Michigan Snowmobiling Trail Report and Conditions

12:00 pm   We got about 1" of snow Thurs. night, and yesterdays high was only 31. The sun is doing some damage today, and tomorrow and Sunday dot look so great either. Its early March so who knows what mother nature has in store for us. Som pictures of the trails are posted below, these were taken this morning. Getting to the trails from the lake would be almost impossible after today. There will still be some good riding in the woods and off trail as well as the lake. Anybodys guess if they will hold snow all weekend. THINK SNOW!!!

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