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Ice Out on Lake Winnipesaukee

According to Winnipesaukee.com, "Ice-Out" on Lake Winnipesaukee is the moment when the ice that has covered the Lake since late December or early January melts enough that the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship could navigate between its ports in Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro.

Ice-Out is anxiously awaitied by residents and visitors since it is the traditional start of the spring season and many Islanders regain water access to their cottages. The date has been observed and recorded for over 135 years. The setting of the exact date and time is non-scientific and is now determined by an observer in a small plane from Emerson Aviation that flies over the lake several times a day. When the pilot makes the Ice-Out call it is considered official."

 

Ice-Outs by Date

Date Graph Years
March 18 X 2016
March 23 X 2012
March 24 X 2010
March 28 X 1921
March 30 X 1946
April 1 X 1945
April 2 X 1903
April 3 XXX 1953,1957, 2006
April 4 X 1902
April 5 XX 1981,2002
April 6 XX 1910,2020
April 7 XX 1930,1998
April 8 XXXX 1936,1949,1991,1999
April 10 XXXX 1925,1948,1983,2000
April 11 XX 1892,1931
April 12 XX 1987,2009
April 13 XX 1927,1958
April 14 XXXX 1889,1898,1951,1985
April 15 XXX 1914,1968,1995
April 16 XXXXXXXX 1916,1941,1954,1973,1974,1976,1986,1988
April 17 XXXXXXX 1913,1922,1938,1980,1996,2013,2017
April 18 XXX 1924,1929,1942
April 19 XXXXX 1909,1928,1955,1960,2011
April 20 XXXXXXXXXXX 1894,1901,1932,1950,1952,1963,1966,1967,1984,2004,2005
April 21 XXXX 1908,1934,1935,1992
April 22 XXX 1965,1990,1993
April 23 XXXXXXXXX 1891,1896,1897,1912,1977,1994, 2007,2008,2014
April 24 XXXXXXXXXXXX 1890,1905,1915,1918,1919,1920,1923,1947,1962,1997,2015,2019
April 25 XXXXXX 1933,1937,1969,1975,1989,2003
April 26 XXXXXX 1895,1900,1906,1959,1979,2018
April 27 XX 1961,1978
April 28 XXX 1917,1964,1970
April 29 XXX 1904,1907,1982
April 30 X 1943
May 2 XXXXX 1899,1911,1926,1972,2001
May 3 X 1944
May 4 XX 1939,1940
May 5 X 1956
May 6 X 1971
May 7 X 1887
May 10 X 1893
May 12 X 1888

Ice-Outs by Year

Year Date
1887 May 7
1888 May 12
1889 April 14
1890 April 24
1891 April 23
1892 April 11
1893 May 10
1894 April 20
1895 April 26
1896 April 23
1897 April 23
1898 April 14
1899 May 2
1900 April 26
1901 April 20
1902 April 4
1903 April 2
1904 April 29
1905 April 24
1906 April 26
1907 April 29
1908 April 21
1909 April 19
1910 April 6
1911 May 2
1912 April 23
1913 April 17
1914 April 15
1915 April 24
1916 April 16
1917 April 28
1918 April 24
1919 April 24
1920 April 24
1921 March 28
1922 April 17
1923 April 24
1924 April 18
1925 April 10
1926 May 2
1927 April 13
Year Date
1928 April 19
1929 April 18
1930 April 7
1931 April 11
1932 April 20
1933 April 25
1934 April 21
1935 April 21
1936 April 8
1937 April 25
1938 April 17
1939 May 4
1940 May 4
1941 April 16
1942 April 18
1943 April 30
1944 May 3
1945 April 1
1946 March 30
1947 April 24
1948 April 10
1949 April 8
1950 April 20
1951 April 14
1952 April 20
1953 April 3
1954 April 16
1955 April 19
1956 May 5
1957 April 3
1958 April 13
1959 April 26
1960 April 19
1961 April 27
1962 April 24
1963 April 20
1964 April 28
1965 April 22
1966 April 20
1967 April 20
1968 April 15
Year Date
1969 April 25
1970 April 28
1971 May 6
1972 May 2
1973 April 16
1974 April 16
1975 April 25
1976 April 16
1977 April 23
1978 April 27
1979 April 26
1980 April 17
1981 April 5
1982 April 29
1983 April 10
1984 April 20
1985 April 14
1986 April 16
1987 April 12
1988 April 16
1989 April 25
1990 April 22
1991 April 8
1992 April 21
1993 April 22
1994 April 23
1995 April 15
1996 April 17
1997 April 24
1998 April 7
1999 April 8
2000 April 10
2001 May 2
2002 April 5
2003 April 25
2004 April 20
2005 April 20
2006 April 3
2007 April 23
2008 April 23
2009 April 12
Year Date
2010 March 24
2011 April 19
2012 March 23
2013 April 17
2014 April 23
2015 April 24
2016 March 18
2017 April 17
2018 April 26
2019 April 24
2020 April 6
2021 ?

What to do this weekend in the Lakes Region

Here are a few things going on this weekend in the Lakes Region that are sure to make you smile!

August 26, 2016 @ 8pm – 10pm

Capitol Center of the Arts: Celtic Thunder – Legacy Tour

44 South Main St. Concord, NH 03301

“Legacy” is an exciting new live show that celebrates the influence of Irish and Celtic music around the world and the imprint that such music has made. The recently-revised cast is Damian McGinty, Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne, Emmet Cahill and new member Michael O Dwyer, making it a show you likely haven’t seen before.  Lively, fast paced and upbeat songs “A Place in The Choir” “Galway Girl” and “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” represent the fun loving nature of the Irish while the slower classic ballads “ Black Velvet Band” “Noreen” and “Mountains of Mourne” play to their nostalgic and romantic side. Featuring all new recordings, the songs on “Legacy” are varied in style and run the gamut from classic Irish folk songs and ballads such as “Danny Boy” and “Buachaille On Eirne” to the more contemporary hits “Falling Slowly” and “Ride On” and rousing anthems “Caledonia” and “Ireland’s Call”. Legacy offers music lovers a wide variety of solo selections and fan favorites, all newly recorded to reflect the current cast on Legacy. The Celtic Thunder vocalists are backed by the eight-piece Celtic Thunder Band on strings, guitars, percussion, whistles, pipes and more, led by musical director is David Munro, who also plays keyboards in the show.

For more information call (603) 225-1111 or visit www.ccahn.com

 

August 27, 2016 @ 10:30am – 4:30pm

Rail & Sail – “The Ultimate Lake Winnipesaukee Tour”

41 Main St (exit 32 I-93)

Lincoln, NH 03251

A unique partnership between the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad and the M/S Mt. Washington Cruise Ship.  Your all-day (6 hour) Lake Winnipesaukee adventure begins and ends in Meredith, NH.  The Rail & Sail package includes a 2-hour ride aboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, a 2 1/2 hour scenic cruise aboard the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship, plus an opportunity to visit & shop in the lakeside village of Weirs Beach.  Tickets for our Rail & Sail package are $39.95 for Adults and $29.95 for Children (4-11).

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.hoborr.com/railsail.html

 

 

Exploring Lake Winnipesaukee by Boat: Some Favorite Destinations

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Wolfeboro NH town docks

Wolfeboro's Cate Park (http://visitwolfeboro.com)

Spanning a massive distance of 72 square miles, Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the state of New Hampshire and the third largest lake in all of New England. For years, this gorgeous body of water has served as a hallmark summertime playground for thousands of people from across the nation. Offering panoramic vistas, signature lakeside attractions, excellent marine facilities and superb fishing areas, Lake Winni remains one of the most popular destinations for boaters in the Northeast. If you're looking for some boat-accessible destinations during your Lake Winipesaukee vacation, read on!

Weirs Beach

Located on the western shorelines of Lake Winnipesaukee, Weirs Beach has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of New Hampshire. More than just a beach, it's home to endless activities for all ages. Weirs beach is famous for its thrilling water slides, intensive ropes/obstacle courses, mini-golf, zip lines, bowling alleys, scenic cruises, bi-plane rides, go-karts, and its world-renowned arcades. If you are traveling with your children, be sure to check out this remarkable lakeside area - one of the most popular tourist destinations on the East coast!

Stonedam Island

If your idea of an ideal summer vacation includes getting closer to nature, Lake Winnipesaukee's got that, too.  Amid the tranquil waters of the western part of the lake by Meredith Bay lies a hidden gem known as Stonedam Island. This 112-acre area serves as one of New Hampshire's best-kept nature preserves, and is an extraordinary destination for both locals and tourists alike. If you enjoy hiking, sightseeing, or having picnics in a stunning natural setting, be sure to make your way over to this beautiful archipelago. On the East side of the island, there is a small dock that can accommodate up to two smaller-sized boats.  Alternatively, you can easily and affordably rent kayaks or canoes from spots on nearby shores such as Weirs Beach. On the banks of Stonedam, you will find a historic cabin, built from 200-year-old logs that were moved from Camp Kahona and reassembled here. The trails are gorgeous and provide sweeping views of the lake. If you are a nature lover, be sure to boat to this exquisite island, and experience beauty that you cannot find elsewhere!

Wolfeboro

In the southeastern end of Lake Winnipesaukee, the picturesque streets of Wolfeboro are lined with quaint gift shops, signature ice cream stands, food vendors, and an endless number of excellent restaurant options. Perfect for those who enjoy a lively, downtown experience, this New Hampshire town attracts vacationers year-round. On weekends, day-trippers can harbor their boat for up to several hours in one of the town's four public docks, free of charge. Wolfeboro also offers a convenient trolley system for exploring the town, perfect for those who have traveled here by boat. Common activities here typically include shopping the downtown district, enjoying a concert at the Cate Park bandstand, and visiting some of the many museums filled with the lake's memorabilia and information on local boat builders, fishermen, and waterskiers. If you are planning on taking a trip to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Wolfeboro should absolutely be on your checklist.

Boats offer a fun and unique way to get to know Lake Winnipesaukee. Don't have your own or don't want to transport it? A web search can point you to many options for renting boats by the day, week, or month. Come explore!

 

Exploring Lake Winnipesaukee by Boat: Some Favorite Destinations

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Wolfeboro NH town docks

Wolfeboro's Cate Park (http://visitwolfeboro.com)

Spanning a massive distance of 72 square miles, Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the state of New Hampshire and the third largest lake in all of New England. For years, this gorgeous body of water has served as a hallmark summertime playground for thousands of people from across the nation. Offering panoramic vistas, signature lakeside attractions, excellent marine facilities and superb fishing areas, Lake Winni remains one of the most popular destinations for boaters in the Northeast. If you're looking for some boat-accessible destinations during your Lake Winipesaukee vacation, read on!

Weirs Beach

Located on the western shorelines of Lake Winnipesaukee, Weirs Beach has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of New Hampshire. More than just a beach, it's home to endless activities for all ages. Weirs beach is famous for its thrilling water slides, intensive ropes/obstacle courses, mini-golf, zip lines, bowling alleys, scenic cruises, bi-plane rides, go-karts, and its world-renowned arcades. If you are traveling with your children, be sure to check out this remarkable lakeside area - one of the most popular tourist destinations on the East coast!

Stonedam Island

If your idea of an ideal summer vacation includes getting closer to nature, Lake Winnipesaukee's got that, too.  Amid the tranquil waters of the western part of the lake by Meredith Bay lies a hidden gem known as Stonedam Island. This 112-acre area serves as one of New Hampshire's best-kept nature preserves, and is an extraordinary destination for both locals and tourists alike. If you enjoy hiking, sightseeing, or having picnics in a stunning natural setting, be sure to make your way over to this beautiful archipelago. On the East side of the island, there is a small dock that can accommodate up to two smaller-sized boats.  Alternatively, you can easily and affordably rent kayaks or canoes from spots on nearby shores such as Weirs Beach. On the banks of Stonedam, you will find a historic cabin, built from 200-year-old logs that were moved from Camp Kahona and reassembled here. The trails are gorgeous and provide sweeping views of the lake. If you are a nature lover, be sure to boat to this exquisite island, and experience beauty that you cannot find elsewhere!

Wolfeboro

In the southeastern end of Lake Winnipesaukee, the picturesque streets of Wolfeboro are lined with quaint gift shops, signature ice cream stands, food vendors, and an endless number of excellent restaurant options. Perfect for those who enjoy a lively, downtown experience, this New Hampshire town attracts vacationers year-round. On weekends, day-trippers can harbor their boat for up to several hours in one of the town's four public docks, free of charge. Wolfeboro also offers a convenient trolley system for exploring the town, perfect for those who have traveled here by boat. Common activities here typically include shopping the downtown district, enjoying a concert at the Cate Park bandstand, and visiting some of the many museums filled with the lake's memorabilia and information on local boat builders, fishermen, and waterskiers. If you are planning on taking a trip to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Wolfeboro should absolutely be on your checklist.

Boats offer a fun and unique way to get to know Lake Winnipesaukee. Don't have your own or don't want to transport it? A web search can point you to many options for renting boats by the day, week, or month. Come explore!

 

Moorings available in Wolfeboro

View of the Wolfeboro Corinthian Yacht Club

The Wolfeboro Corinthian Yacht Club is now offering several moorings in their deep water mooring field for rent during the 2012 season. These moorings were previously unavailable and are located in their prime location in Wolfeboro harbor within walking distance to town. They rent for $1,800 and include launch shuttle service to/from the mooring field; Restroom facilities; a newly renovated dock, a dumpster for trash and parking for one vehicle.

This is a great way to enjoy Lake Winnipesaukee and have a nice off the water home in Wolfeboro. Why wouldn't you live in a vacation town?

Peter Ferber at The Art Place in Wolfeboro

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The Art Place in Wolfeboro is home to many local and talented artists and photographers, one of the most famous artists being Peter Ferber.[gallery link="file"]

He has been the creator of the Boat Show Poster for years and has captured many beautiful scenes on Lake Winnipesaukee and of the lakes region with his brush. They make great closing gifts. For example, I would give the Wentworth Poster above to a client who purchases on Lake Wentworth. I can usually find a Ferber Print matching where the waterfront clients have purchased.

This Saturday, The Art Place is hosting a Peter Ferber event, not to be missed. Click here for the press release on Fosters.com or click here for information about The Art Place in Wolfeboro, NH.

Andrew's Marine to the rescue again

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Andrew's Marine Service in Minge Cove in Alton Bay saves the day again. Many thanks to Andrew for coming to Keniston Island and fixing my boat, again. If you need a great mechanic and / or a place to service and store your boat, don't hesitate to call Andrew.

For more information check out my preferred partners page on AdamDow.com

Preferrer Partner

or contact him directly at:

Andrew's Marine Service, LLC 16 Minge Cove Road Alton Bay, New Hampshire  03810

Phone: 603-875-0654 Fax: 603-875-0789 Email: info@andrewsmarineservice.com

Winnipesaukee Speed Limit debate in Concord

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I am sure the debate was heated. The thing that is great about Lake Winnipesaukee is the fact that it is the "Big Lake". It is where people come to have fun. There are rules in place to keep people safe. There are also many other lakes in the Lakes Region that would be great for water skiing, Kayaking, etc. Winnipesaukee is great for boating.

By GEOFF CUNNINGHAM Jr. Article Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 CONCORD -- The battle over a bill proposing a speed limit on Lake Winnipesaukee continued on Monday with everyone from island-dwelling barge operators to weekend speed boat enthusiasts weighing in on an issue that has lake users divided.

Approximately 200 people -- many from the Lakes Region -- gathered in Representative's Hall at the Statehouse for a Senate Transportation Committee hearing on House Bill 847.

The bill is proposing a 45 mph daytime and 25 mph nighttime speed limit on the Big Lake.

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