Red Door Resort Ice Road

Mille Lacs Ice Report 1/12/2022

Open to Wheelhouse Traffic Starting Friday. Good Access to the Mud Flats

The Red Door Resort will open this Friday, January 14th to vehicle and wheelhouse traffic.  The access will be open to all traffic except for diesel trucks and large wheelhouses.  If there is a question if your vehicle or wheelhouse will be allowed out, please call our office to discuss.  No trucks with a plow will be allowed out.

The first and second break roads were in place prior to last weekend and were utilized by our seasonal members, season pass holders and rentals.  This week the Ice Team opened up roads to the mud flats (see road map below).  Members and guests will be able to access Weimer, Bomback, Pantry and Resort Flat through our road system.

The ice is still new.  It will be critically important to drive slow – 10 mph or less – on the roads.  Any guest caught speeding will be escorted off the lake.  Please also remember that the lake has received 20 plus inches of snow so far this season; this snow is heavy and can cause flooding.  Be sure to block your fish house up hight.  Because of the snow, a plowed slot will be required.  Some slots will be pre-plowed and plow drivers will be on the lake until at least 7pm on Friday to assist.

Weather Outlook

It’s expected to be a nice, relatively temperate weekend.  Highs are expected to be in mid-teens to mid-twenties with overnight lows in the single digits.  Earlier in the week the prediction was for 5-7 inches of snow on Friday night, but the latest (and hopefully more likely scenario) forecast is predicting only a couple of inches of possible snow.  Wind speeds should be on the calm side.  Sustained winds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are – for the most part around 10 mph.  Gusts will be strongest overnight on Saturday with blowing from the south intermittently up to 25 mph.  The next full moon occurs on Monday, January 17th around midnight.

Fish House Rentals and Lodging

Our fish house rentals are completely booked for this weekend and next weekend (i.e., starting Friday, January 21st).  We have a few four person houses available the weekends of January 30th and February 4th, and decent availability the weekends of February 11th, 18th and 25th.  (Walleye closes on Mille Lacs on Sunday February 27th and houses need to be off the lake by end of day on March 1st; for a full summary of winter fishing regulations check our blog post here.)  

Besides this coming weekend, on-shore lodging is available in our luxurious cabins and clean motel.  Staying on-shore provides a jumping off point for mobile fishing and comes with access to the Red Door ice roads.  Come stay on the north side of Mille Lacs.

The Red Door Resort Ice Roads



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