Ice out is quickly approaching in the Adirondacks, which means it’s time to guess when the ice will be off of Schroon Lake again. The Schroon Lion’s Club hosts an ice-out contest each year, where entrants guess the date and time that the ice will melt on the lake.
The club places a device on the lake ice with a weight attached. When the weight breaks through the ice, the device is triggered and records the date and exact time that the ice gave way.
You can enter the contest by buying a ticket from any Schroon Lion’s Club member, or at the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, Flanagan’s Pub, or Friedman Realty. Tickets are $6 for 5 entries, or $1 each, and must be returned to the place you bought it, or the ice shanty in front of the Schroon Lake post office by March 31 (or before the ice melts). Last year’s winnings totaled almost $1,000.
Ice out in the Adirondacks usually comes in late March or early April. The moderate weather we’ve been seeing lately could make this year’s ice out the earlier than usual.
Ice fishermen are required by DEC to get their ice shanties off of all frozen bodies of water in NYS by March 15th. This helps ensure that structures don’t sink with the ice and keeps the people, vehicles and structures safe during removal. Although, if you still have a shanty on any body of water in the Adirondacks at this point, you may have a hard time removing it.
Be safe removing your shanties this year, and good luck in the ice out contest! I’m going to go with March 18th at high noon. What do you think?