I have always parked at the restaurant-just stay way on the end-they have never said anything to me. Kids and I fished there on Saturday. Overall slow. A few flags-one small bass. Tiny gills and crappie if you find deeper water.
I use the little landing off of 290th. If you click on more information about the lake the map appears and show's this landing marked as #2. Agree with other comments, don't drive from main lake(upper part) into Herde. Better off finding the access on the east side of Herde which you probably have to walk on or use your machine, not sure if they drive vehicles(trucks) off there. If using the Hwy. 40 landing keep to your left as you drive out for a ways if you plan on swinging back to the south, southwest or southeast to fish. You should see the little dam at the Hwy. 40 landing/access, so a person can get some sort of a general idea of the current flow at the head of it. I never ice fished much from the Hwy. 40 landing/access south anyhow so not sure about other hazard areas of thinner ice or current areas in that part of the lake.
Stay safe out there!!! Don't drive out unless you feel comfortable doing so on any body of water and get as many safe reports before driving on.
There are some areas to avoid on Long that don't freeze very well and where the rocks warm the shorelines and points. Some of the areas to avoid are off the 40 landing (current goes out right there), never drive into Herde from Long....that point does not freeze well, and vehicles have fallen in along the shoreline from the 40 landing heading east/northeast. Use the landing on the north end of the lake to access. Some years it is safe to go off of 40 landing but it is always questionable.
If you’d like a good mix of panfish and tipup action, I’d suggest going one lake south, to Larabee. Go on right from the restaurant and set tip ups along any shoreline. Lake is generally shallow and there’s scattered pads all over, but better fields of them along the 40 shoreline or the north shoreline. Stay maybe 50 yards out from shore and set tip ups right below the ice. Good numbers and quality of pike! Then set up your shack near the permanent that’s already there for constant panfish. There’s some other deeper basin areas in the lake with lots of numbers of panfish. Mostly smaller bluegills but you can get on some decent crappies too. Message me for more help.