We think it started when Jack saw one too many snow flakes. Then Scott started talking about when it might be warm enough for the steelhead to start running. After that, Ann asked him about the date of the fishing opener and then Jack started to wonder if he would ever see open water on Poplar Lake. He sent an e-mail to Sarah over at Trail Center, only to learn that she was fretting about the same thing. So the two of them started plotting, which can only lead to trouble. Calmer heads prevailed as Jan and Beth talked them out of their wilder schemes and they finally decided to establish the First Annual Ice Out Prediction Contest. Sarah mentioned it to her sister Anna over at Hughie’s Taco House and pretty soon she was on board as well.
If you want to join in the fun, just step right up and predict when the ice will leave Poplar Lake. You can drop off your predictions at Stone Harbor during regular business hours (10 am to 7 pm daily; 10 am to 6 pm on Sundays) or Hughie’s Taco House (15 W Hwy 61 in Grand Marais). For those of you who are Internet savvy, you can e-mail your predictions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or or vote online at the Trail Center Lodge Facebook page or the Stone Harbor Facebook page.
Ice out is when a boat can be paddled on any part of the lake. The date of ice out is determined by Sarah Hamilton and her decision is final. Pick the day and a drawing will take care of all ties.
Grand Prize is an all-day fly fishing tour, compliments of Stone Harbor and a lakeside cabin on Poplar Lake for 2 nights, compliments of Trail Center.
Two runners up receive $25 gift cards from both Trail Center and Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply. Hughie’s Tacos has also stepped up with a couple taco certificates.
If the ice is still there on July 4th, the prizes will be held over unitl 2014.