The two-track trail has been closed since the beginning of firearm deer season in November because of poor ice and road conditions. It was opened Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 30, when Game and Parks fisheries staff surveyed the area and determined conditions to be improved.
A lease agreement between the Commission and a landowner allows for public use of the 2.7-mile road to the lake, which is near Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Despite the better conditions, fisheries biologist Joe Rydell said the trail still has heavy snow cover in places and is passable with only four-wheel drive. He said access may be closed periodically because of future snowfall, especially if drivers don’t respect the landowner’s property by staying on the road.