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#1 WisHxGeek

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 09:49 PM

One of my favorite winter road trips is heading to Bayfield (at the very top of WI) to drive the ice road to Madeline Island. Each year a county road is created once the temps drop and the ice in the bay is thick enough. In the summer the ferry is used and for a few weeks when the ice is forming a wind sled is used.

This road is even plowed for traffic. Once the holidays are over the Christmas trees from local folks are used to line the road. The trees help drivers find their way across in heavy snowstorms.

Here are some links about the road:
http://www.bayfieldc...rg/ice-road.asp
http://madferry.com/Photo-Gallery/
http://activerain.co...efore-using-it-

You can also ski across the road to the island- once there be sure to head to the Bell Tavern for a hot cocoa and lunch. The ice caves are also worth the trip out (not on the ice road- but pretty close). Here is a link to a great gallery of photos of the caves: http://www.pbase.com...ields/ice_caves.

Christine

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 11:35 PM

QUOTE (WisHxGeek @ Sep 29 2009, 07:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
One of my favorite winter road trips is heading to Bayfield (at the very top of WI) to drive the ice road to Madeline Island. Each year a county road is created once the temps drop and the ice in the bay is thick enough. In the summer the ferry is used and for a few weeks when the ice is forming a wind sled is used.

This road is even plowed for traffic. Once the holidays are over the Chrfistmas trees from local folks are used to line the road. The trees help drivers find their way across in heavy snowstorms.

Here are some links about the road:
http://www.bayfieldc...rg/ice-road.asp
http://madferry.com/Photo-Gallery/
http://activerain.co...efore-using-it-

You can also ski across the road to the island- once there be sure to head to the Bell Tavern for a hot cocoa and lunch. The ice caves are also worth the trip out (not on the ice road- but pretty close). Here is a link to a great gallery of photos of the caves: http://www.pbase.com...ields/ice_caves.

Christine


Christine,

A terrific post! It reminds me of the wonderful “Discovery Trips” that Sunset Magazine published many years ago…the little known gems that capture the imagination and draw you out of the house onto the road for a little adventure.

Christmas trees as guide posts.....gotta be seen!

Well done!

Dave

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#3 Wisguy

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 12:01 AM

QUOTE (Keep the Show on the Road! @ Sep 29 2009, 11:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Christine,

A terrific post! It reminds me of the wonderful “Discovery Trips” that Sunset Magazine published many years ago…the little known gems that capture the imagination and draw you out of the house onto the road for a little adventure.

Christmas trees as guide posts.....gotta be seen!

Well done!

Dave

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Christmas tree lines are also used to guide motorists on the ice roads on Lake Winnebago (northeast Wisconsin). Ice fishing is very popular on that lake, including an annual spearing season for lake sturgeon when parts of the lake can look like small cities, the fishing shacks are that numerous.

Although I have never tried it, I believe that it is very possible to safely drive between Fond du Lac and the Appleton area over the ice of Lake Winnebago during winter.

Mike




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