MCMBA: Island Lake

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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Critter7r » August 2nd, 2018, 12:50 pm

I've never known Island Lake to not be ok to ride the day after a mid-summer rain, no matter how much rain we got.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby kcnado » September 6th, 2018, 1:22 pm

Has anyone ridden ILRA today after the rain? I don't want to contribute to trail damage if it's slushy, but it has been so dry this summer, I feel like it would be fine.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Critter7r » September 6th, 2018, 3:50 pm

There may be some standing water here and there, but you're not likely to do any damage at ILRA riding the day after a rain.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby mahfouz » September 25th, 2018, 5:18 pm

Can anybody who lives in the area give me an idea of how much rain you guys got out there? Looking to do a bit of riding tomorrow.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby mrbikester » October 10th, 2018, 3:05 pm

I rode Blue and yellow before it rained and some of trail was slightly damp but not muddy nor slippery. A very enjoyable ride.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby DynoDon » October 12th, 2018, 12:54 pm

Tree down around the 7 mile marker on Blue..chainsaw size. it can be walked over...other then that the trail was ok, a little water, mud, and plenty of sand.. leaves are cover a lot of the trail too.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby DynoDon » October 22nd, 2018, 2:58 pm

1 1/4 mile in on Blue a good sized tree down, its in a fast section..
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby jreyst » January 13th, 2019, 6:34 pm

98% of Island Lake is frozen solid. The other 2% is semi-soft peanut butter ruts but perfect for fatties to flatten before the skinnies tear it up again.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby DynoDon » January 22nd, 2019, 3:46 pm

Island lake trail blue and yellow where in great shape today,, it was packed good from snowmobile, fat bikes and some hikers, the hikers left yellow a bit bumpy, there must have been a bus load of fat hikers,, LOL, but it was a fun ride nevertheless,,,
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby scoottruth » March 21st, 2019, 7:26 am

Can anybody tell me if island lake is rideable?im coming from traverse city looking for a place to ride..thanks!!
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby jreyst » March 25th, 2019, 8:40 am

No, not yet. I was there riding pavement yesterday. It's a rutted, muddy mess.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby Mucky » April 7th, 2019, 6:13 pm

ILRA is ready to go. It was perfect today. What a difference 2 weeks makes
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby mrbikester » April 8th, 2019, 9:20 pm

Yes, Absolutely perfect conditions.First ride of the season today! B&Y totally dry and today was like a June day. I like the new trail markers with the mtb on them.

Also, noticed the new paved path they are building from Green Oaks Mall to the Island Lake Road where the railroad crosses. This will be great for people that come from west of the park and they can park at the mall.
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby fsr1 » April 9th, 2019, 5:20 am

mrbikester wrote: Also, noticed the new paved path they are building from Green Oaks Mall to the Island Lake Road where the railroad crosses. This will be great for people that come from west of the park and they can park at the mall.

There has been trail access there for years, but there is a change coming. (See next post.)
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Re: MCMBA: Island Lake

Postby fsr1 » April 9th, 2019, 5:31 am

I received this from the park director.

"Mark,

We started on phase 1 of the trail connector project. Within a month we should have an official trail leading from the green oak mall to the park road. This 0.6-mile trail will be compacted limestone to start. Construction was made possible by a generous donation to the Friends of the Lakeland’s Trail. We are actively working on grants to construct the remaining 3.5 miles. This new section will provide an official non-motorized entrance into the west end of the park. The trail also will designate the park as part of the Great Lake to Lake Trail.

Please share with the Mt Bike community. The trail will terminate near where the Blue trail meets the road (by railroad).

Thanks, Andy"

This will be a good thing that will, in the future, gain us a boardwalk passing along the river under the railroad bridge making it much safer. We'll have some rerouting happening where our current trail gets impacted, so don't get worried that this will ruin anything for the MTB trail.
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