Spring is on the way

The snow is mostly gone now. A bit early this season. We enjoyed a shorter winter season than normal, but while we had snow it was great. The Cross country skiing and snowmobiling was excellent for at least 6 weeks. The lodge and cabins were very busy during that time. Now it is the time of year when the ice has started to melt. The lake will ice- out sometime in the next three weeks. It is a nice time to visit The Birches to relax in a cabin while watching the ice move around and if you are lucky, the ice may blow out and reveal the open lake with its vast open waters. See our specials page for ice out cabin rates. It is a time of change for the 75,000 acre lake and the several smaller lakes and ponds in the area. The Birches has several streams and two lakes on its 11,000 acre land base as well as 70 acre Baker Pond(stocked with brook trout each May). New this spring and summer, we will have ATV (all terrain vehicle) rentals for Birches guests. There is a new trail from Greenville to the south and to Jackman, north from The Birches. While we have concentrated on hiking and mountain biking on our lands, these new 4 wheel drive ATV’s will open up another way for guests to get out and explore a more vast area for day trips.

It is time now to put my airplane on floats to be ready for scenic moose safaris from the air. Our Spring moose safaris will be starting in April by Jeep and in May by boat. Come visit The Birches this spring and watch nature bloom.

Some sad news. Last week Richard (Dick) Billings passed away. Dick was instrumental in developing our winter snowmobile rental and grooming program. He was head of our equipment and operations center at The Marina for 20 years. He was a great employee and a wonderful friend. We will all miss him very much. He enthusiasm for winter at The Birches was contagious.

Dick had some antique snowmobiles which we are hoping to put into a memorial snowmobiling museum in Rockwood, near the snowmobile trial. This museum will be dedicated to his memory. Anyone interested in helping with that project, please contact The Birches.

The next three weeks will be dedicated to doing cabin maintenance. Our Marina will be fully opened when the ice heads out.

Have a great Spring day

John Willard

Dick Billings driving his new Tucker SnoCat in January

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