January News From White Iron Beach

relaxing day at the beach

Think warm thought on these cold winter nights.

Happy New Year everyone.  We hope you have had a wonderful and safe holiday season. We were fortunate to not travel this year at Christmas time celebrating locally with all the boys and their families. Our Christmas was wonderful as we really enjoy the smiling faces of Jace, Bella and Mason.

 Up until a few days ago we were having a very mild Winter. Even though the below zero temps now seem brutal they are basically a heat wave compared to last year this same time. We are suffering from a lack of snow. Not shoveling and plowing is fine but no snow means no insulation for the water lines and septic systems. We soon could be in jeopardy of some freeze ups if we do not get a few inches soon.

Sandy and I plan on traveling to Florida in the next few days, maybe staying for a couple of weeks. This is the first extended trip to somewhere warm in a very long time.

We will be back by the end of January to start our sports shows with the first being in Schaumburg Illinois. It runs from January 29th to February 1st. We will stay in the Chicago area for the Tinly Park High School show the following weekend, February 7th and 8th.  We will take a break until we go to Eau Claire Wisconsin. That show runs from March 20th to the 22nd. That following week we will be at the convention center in downtown Minneapolis. That show starts the 25th of March and will end on Sunday the 29th. We would really love to see you all at one of the shows. We will keep posing the shows dates over the next few months to remind you.

We have got a good start on the renovations in cabins 5 and 6. There will also be some improvements to cabin 23 next door which will be finished for the 2015 season. Stay tuned for updated pictures of the construction.

  We are now taking reservations for the 2015 season.   Make sure to call soon to guarantee the cabin and week/weeks or days you prefer. Please check the web site www.whiteironbeach.com for all the current up to date info and specials.

 Take care.

 Kerry and Sandy




Fishing Reports

The ice fishing has been in full swing for several weeks. Plenty if ice is on all the area lakes for snow machines and trucks. I personally have not been out yet but the word at the local watering hole says the fishing has been good for walleye and northern. I have not heard much on the crappie front. We plan on going today so watch the fishing report for some pictures, I hope.

The limited Permit lottery will be open for applications on December 16th, 2014 through close of business January 13th, 2015. The lottery will actually be run on January 15th and results will be released by January 21.  

The lottery includes only the following entry points (letters D, F, and G are day use motor entry points):

  • D Fall Lake and Beyond;
  • 24 Fall Lake (both overnight motor and paddle);
  • 25 Moose Lake (both overnight motor and paddle);
  • F Moose, Newfound, and Sucker;
  • G Basswood over Prairie Portage

The Go-Live Date for all entry points will be January 28, 2015.


 Reservations for all BWCAW entry points can be made on a first-come, first-served basis starting 1/28/15. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
To get further info go to   Bwcaw permit info


 If you have questions or need help in submitting a lottery or permit request please give me a call. If you want to pick up your permit at WIBR just choose us as your option as permit cooperator/issuing station.  Remember, it is always better to reserve a permit if you think you want to go on a motorized BWCAW trip. If you change your mind it only costs you $6.00. But also remember to be courteous to others who may want to use the BWCAW and cancel unwanted permits in a timely manner so they can be reissued to another party.

 Remember, we do have guides available for White Iron and trips to other lakes. I have been posting pictures in the fishing report on the web site www.whiteironbeach.com , so check it often.

Area Events

Winter Fest is coming soon. Activities stretch from February 5th through the 15th.
Click here for the Ely Chamber events calendar.  http://www.ely.org/events/calendar    and   http://www.ely.org/events/featured-events/