RDC Ice Harvest Update – Jan. 22, 2020

Winter is here in New Hampshire and at RDC that means we are preparing for the annual ice harvest.  We will be checking the lake ice frequently and preparing the equipment in order to start the ice harvest operation when the Squam Lake ice is at least 12 inches thick and clear of snow.  The Ice Harvest typically begins in mid to late January or early February, depending on the weather.

As of today, Deep End has 7 to 10 inches of ice that is covered in 7 inches of snow and  two inches of slush.  It is not possible to clear the snow with the layer of slush and we are not comfortable waiting for it to freeze with warmer temperatures and more snow coming.

Squaw Cove has 11 inches of ice and is also covered in 7 inches of snow but has very little slush.  We are planning to clear the snow with snow blowers and our target is to start the ice harvest on Tuesday January 28th.

Parking at Squaw Cove is extremely limited and Metcalf Road is narrow and difficult to pass other vehicles.  If you meet a car or truck on the road, be prepared to back up to a spot that is wide enough to pass.  There is only room for a few cars at a time near the ice and we will have a worker on the road instructing people to park at designated spots unless those spots are full.

If you want to see the Ice House, please stop at the RDC Winter Office (Roswell) and check in with our administrative staff, who will direct you to the Ice House.

Bring ice cleats or Stabil-icers to prevent slipping on the roads and ice.

The safety meeting and orientation will take place on Friday January 24th at 9:30 am.  The work is challenging and safety is the main priority.  It is very rewarding to be a part of the Ice Harvest tradition and the food and camaraderie makes hard work enjoyable.

The Ice Harvest

Browse through out gallery below (click on any image to view full size) and get a taste for exactly what goes on during one of our annual Squam Lake – RDC Ice Harvest.

RDC Ice Harvest Videos

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The icing operation at RDC has occurred every year for the last one hundred years. It is important to the camps because it provides the ice which is distributed to the guests during the summer for refrigeration purposes, and because it keeps alive a connection between the camps and the natural environment which surrounds them.

Jim Eckert

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