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29 March 2022: ICE OUT! We have a Winner!

Ice-Out-3-29-2022-LargeIt’s Official:  the sheet of ice that extended from shore to shore down by the boat launch yesterday and which blocked access to the lake was ground up by the high wind this morning and driven into the cove at the east end of the lake. I just consulted with David Hodsdon and we agree that the official Ice Out date is today: 29 March 2022.

Vicki Grimaldi with her guess of March 25th was the closest to ice out without going over, making her the Winner of this year’s ice out contest! Congratulations Vicki! She’ll be receiving the framed loon photograph by David Hodsdon (see image below). Vicki bought Dennis Morgan’s place on Hodsdon Lane back in the summer of 2021. For runners up we have Jack Holland with his guess of March 24th, winner of the “What do you mean it’s not ice out yet?” award, and Dan Burns and Steve Relyea with their March 30th guesses are both winners of the “Missed it by >< that much” award. All 3 runners up will receive a laminated copy of the Clary Lake Depth Map (image at left).

And so concludes our 2022 Ice Out Contest! A month ago I wouldn’t have bet dollars to donuts that the ice would be out before the end of the first week in April, based on how thick the ice was this winter and how cold it’s been this spring, which I suppose just goes to show you what I know. If you’re forgotten your guess, you’ll find it in this post. It’s also unusual for it to take so long (9 days) to go out once open water first showed up on the north shore (like it always does). The reason it took so long I think it because it really wasn’t ready! Usually ice-out occurs much faster. Even more interesting: this year’s ice out date is the same as last year’s ice out date. I didn’t see that coming!

I’d like to thank everyone for playing and encourage you to try again next year. I’ll be picking up the framed loon photograph and delivering it to Vicki later this week. The runners up will get their prizes the next time I see them, which might be the next time they stop by my house if I don’t stop by their house first!

27 March 2022: Still Got Ice!

20220327_123502-MediumI went over to the boat launch today and took the picture at left. After consulting with Google Earth, I estimate there are at least 50 acres of ice left down at the east end of the lake, and 3-4 acres of ice left on the south shore in Jefferson. I think the reason the ice is going out so slowly this year is because it really wasn’t ready to melt off; we got some warm weather and a good rain storm a week ago Saturday and some open water appeared on the north shore. Then 2 days of 35+ mph winds knocked a Big Hole in the ice cover, but much of what remained was still quite solid. Unusual conditions this year, for sure.

23 March 2022: Ice Out Update: Close but No Cigar!


I have never seen the ice disappear from Clary Lake as fast as it has this year! Last Friday there were people ice fishing. Rain on Saturday and with winds on Monday and Tuesday with gusts of 35-40 mph really hammered the ice into submission. As of this morning, winds have let up considerably but are still blowing 8 mph or so. There is a considerable amount of ice left on the south shore both in Whitefield and Jefferson. We’re not calling ice out yet, but it won’t be long now. Tomorrow we’re expecting rain during the day with moderate winds from the south which change to the east and pick up in intensity come night fall. It’s hard to imagine the remaining ice hanging around to the weekend.

You can keep an eye on things with our Clary_cams (which President Dave Knight insists on calling Spy_cams) and if you haven’t tried yet, livestream them!

21 March 2022: Ice Out Update

20220321_092112-1Last Friday, only 4 days ago, there were people out on Clary Lake ice fishing. Today there is a sizable portion of open water on the north side of the lake, easily visible in this picture taken this morning. You can just barely make it out on Clary_cam-1 as a thin dark line in the distance. High northwest winds forecast for today will push that open water further towards the south shore. We’re still quite a few days, away from open water. 

Here are the 2022 Ice Out Contest guesses. Good Luck Contestants! Continue reading

06 March 2022: Clary Lake Ice Out Contest Closed to New Entries

I have closed the 2022 Clary Lake Ice Out Contest to new entries. 36 people have made their guesses (below). Now, we wait… for ice out. I have no idea what the No U-Turn sign has to do with anything.

Good Luck Contestants!

2022 Ice Out Guestimates

These are the guesses for ice out. The timestamp column will be used to decide on who was first in the event of a tie. Hint: you can sort on any of the columns by clicking on the header:
TimestampYour name:Ice Out Guess:
02/27/22 09:43 AMSophie Seba03/23/22
02/27/22 10:45 AMJack Holland03/24/22
02/27/22 11:01 AMVicky Grimaldi03/25/22
02/27/22 11:30 AMDan Burns03/30/22
02/28/22 10:13 AMSteve Relyea03/30/22
02/28/22 08:35 PMHillary Relyea03/31/22
02/27/22 01:03 PMRonnie Spann04/01/22
02/27/22 03:13 PMLinda S Gallion04/01/22
02/27/22 02:41 PMRob Rowland04/02/22
02/27/22 08:45 PMTim chase04/02/22
03/01/22 09:27 AMCathy johnson04/02/22
03/04/22 11:51 AMcarolyn curtis04/02/22
02/27/22 05:00 PMMalcolm Burson04/03/22
02/27/22 09:36 AMKaren Stutzer04/04/22
02/28/22 05:47 AMGeoff McCullen04/04/22
02/28/22 08:06 AMThurlow Crummett04/04/22
02/27/22 01:41 PMJune m Lordi04/05/22
02/27/22 09:31 AMBill Hall04/06/22
03/01/22 09:26 AMBambi Jones04/06/22
03/03/22 03:55 PMMary Gingrow-Shaw04/06/22
02/27/22 12:23 PMGayle Knight04/07/22
02/27/22 06:52 PMSteve Cowles04/08/22
03/03/22 03:49 PMAmanda Knight04/08/22
02/27/22 12:19 PMKate Seba04/09/22
02/27/22 08:27 PMDonald Hogg04/09/22
03/01/22 10:32 PMBen Gerdts04/10/22
03/02/22 09:12 AMDavid Knight04/10/22
03/04/22 10:10 AMStephen Viti04/11/22
02/27/22 11:42 AMArlene Wing04/12/22
02/27/22 09:54 AMBeverley Bowen04/13/22
02/28/22 05:24 AMCary McCullen04/15/22
02/28/22 05:26 AMGeoff McCullen04/16/22
02/27/22 09:21 AMSara Roy04/17/22
03/03/22 01:11 PMGareth Bowen04/18/22
03/01/22 11:23 AMCheryl Smith04/20/22
02/27/22 08:16 PMThomas vigue04/21/22

2022 Clary Lake Ice Out Contest! [UPDATE]

This is our third year running a Clary Lake Ice-Out contest. This year’s prize for first place is a beautiful 12″ H x 15″ W framed loon photograph taken by David Hodsdon. If you guess the correct ice-out date  or come closest without going past it, you’re the winner. In the event there are two (or more) people who guessed the same winning date, the person guessing first (based on the recorded timestamp) will be the winner and the other less-lucky (but still lucky!) person (or persons!) will win a laminated 8.5″ x 11″ Clary Lake Depth Map as a runner up prize (see below). FYI, the earliest the lake has been deemed completely free of ice was on March 13, 2016; the latest the ice has gone out was on April 24, 2001. Last year’s “official” ice out date was March 29th which was correctly guessed by Bambi Jones. She won a blue “We Give A Dam” tee shirt. We also awarded second places (also tee shirts) to Kelley Doore and Alan Nicholas Decker who correctly guessed the “What Do You Mean It’s Not Ice Out Yet?” date of March 28th. Visit our Ice In and Ice Out page to see all our historical data back to 2001. Reviewing historical ice-in and ice-out data is NOT CHEATING!

[UPDATE]: I’ve posted the current guesses at the bottom of this message and I’ll update the list at least daily. We’ll close the contest some time before the ice actually goes out. And yes, you can submit more than one guess, but only your last guess will count 🙂

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21 September 2021: Dry Fire Hydrant Installation Complete

20210920_113534It’s been a long time coming, but finally the dry fire hydrant installation over at the Clary Lake dam is complete. The work was started on Saturday but we encountered ledge which required a redesign of the piping and a few more elbows. Work resumed on Monday and proceeded quickly. The hydrant is actually located on land belonging to Steve and Julie Cowles, adjacent to the Clary Lake dam property. Access to the hydrant is over the Association property. Many thanks to David Boynton for donating his time and equipment and for Steve Cowles for managing this project!

The Clary Lake Association provided the funding for this project and has plans to install another dry fire hydrant in Jefferson near the intersection of Routes 215 and 126 perhaps as soon as next year. Here are more pictures of this installation: