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rainbowsend 08-27-2018 01:15 PM

Snowmobile Lake Access near Shep Brown's
Does anyone know where the closest access is to get on to the ice near Shep Brown's?

Looking at a winter rental and want to make sure I can get my sled onto the ice.


MAXUM 08-27-2018 06:08 PM

You can access the ice by going down the road that follows the shore next to the building that says "Showroom" on it, follow it straight and down the bank to the left of the slips/docks. The ice has to be set up really well because they do keep the ice eaters going as needed during the winter. Once it's safe there is no missing the tracks getting on there because it is pretty well used in the winter time.

Be aware, the town lot is only partially plowed over the winter so parking can be an issue at times as there are few places to park a truck and trailer.

rainbowsend 09-06-2018 08:35 AM

Thank you!
It sounds like that may be where the Island Services Barge ties up in the summer.

MAXUM 09-07-2018 10:04 PM

Yes they sometimes park over there. Just have to make darn sure the ice is setup real good but once it is that access point is pretty well used by fisherman and the few island folks like myself that are out during the winter months.

Mink Islander 10-28-2018 08:18 PM

Winter Access Near Shep’s
Maxum’s right on all points. If you are on foot, you can park at Cattle Landing and walk back to the left to the first road/driveway on the shore side. It’s a bit of a slope down to the ice, but that area is clear of ice-eaters and decent access when I hike out in the winter.

You could get a sled on there as well.

MAXUM 10-31-2018 03:43 PM

Does the town plow that lot at all over the winter? They really don't do much at Sheps, maybe the bottom 1/4 of it. The rest is left covered in snow. Real estate to park can be tough on busy weekends since most that show up have a truck and trailer to park. Should ask the DPW about that I mean an extra 10 minutes to plow out that lot, even half of it would be nice.

fatlazyless 11-01-2018 04:16 AM

Yes, the Meredith DPW will plow the one acre, dirt parking lot across from the Cattle Landing town dock usually on the day after a big snow storm, sometimes on the same day, and the entire lot gets plowed. They always do a very good plow job with that parking lot!

Exactly 60" is the width of the opening in the blue wood fence there for accessing the ice/water going down that short, smooth, grassy embankment, along with the challenges of any open water or thin ice created by the ice eaters surrounding the big floating concrete town dock. Looking at the design and strength of the town's floating concrete dock, it makes me wonder if two or more ice eaters are really needed for protection from the ice, but probably the town doesn't want to find out by going without the ice eaters. Last winter, the ice eater on the right was not working for the month of January or so, and the dock didn't get damaged? Probably, the town doesn't want to chance it by going without the ice-eaters, and the dock there, old and new, has always had ice-eaters for at least 25-years so's that the way it goes?

In the summer, is not unusual to see various kayaks and canoes get carried, dragged or slid from an immediately close car roof rack down through the five foot opening in the fence there, for a very short haul down the smooth embankment to the lake. Have seen one determined guy pull and slide, all by himself, a 14' vee hull aluminum boat with an old Evinrude 15-hp outboard through that 5' access using about four fat foam noodles for rollers to roll the boat down the grassy slope, and it seemed to be a smooth move for that 14' boat. It looked like it just barely squeezed through that 60" wide opening and scraped off some of the blue paint from the two wood fence posts there?

While some may complain about the open water created by the ice-eaters, if it was your $125,000 concrete floating dock, wouldn't you want to protect it by using two ice-eaters, just like the Meredith DPW?

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