Apr 24, 2015 6:31 PM
'Ice Out' declared on Lake Winnipesaukee
GILFORD - Dave Emerson declared "Ice Out" on Lake Winnipesaukee on Friday.
Ice Out happens when the M.S. Mount Washington can successfully dock at each of the its five ports: Meredith, Weirs, Center Harbor, Alton Bay and Wolfeboro Bay. It marks the unofficial start to the tourism season at the lake.
Emerson said this year's Ice Out happened at 4:34 p.m.
Emerson let NH1 News tag along Thursday with Emerson Aviation to see if New Hampshire's largest lake was clear of ice.
At that time, Wolfeboro Bay still had ice.
Ice Out usually occurs the third week in April, Emerson said. His family has called it for the last 35 years but he says the record goes back to 1888.
The earliest ice out was March 23, 2012, and the latest was May 12, 1888.