Big Ice on Winni! Cruising and Racing on Miles of Ice…


Spread the word. There is big ice on Winnipasauki launching from Ellacoya State Park.

The area has been skated and sailed with a consistent 4 – 5 inches (3.6 to 10.2 cm) over the areas that were checked. As you can see there is a nice smooth milky surface with some black ice. This is a big plate of ice and there are pressure ridges present and forming, cracks and other hazards lurking. Heads up out there. Talk to people who have been out and buddy up.

We are expecting sailors from the southern iceboat reaches of NJ, Long Island, and CT and to our Northern neighbors who have expressed a strong interest in making the drive south. Bienvenue et nous nous réjouissons de partager notre glace.

A team will be on the ice tomorrow late morning to do a deeper check. We expect to be sailing this plate for the next few days or at least till the snow comes in and makes a mess of things on Saturday.


Come out and play there is a racing event in the works likely Thursday and I know lots of cruisers, boards and skaters. Big ice for all to enjoy.

Additional information on lodging and evening refreshments and dining TBD.

Please leave a comment below if you intend on coming or leave a note in the forum section for more general questions.

Think Big Ice and see you there,


P.S. If you are new or interested in the short of iceboating Thursday would be a good time to come.



6 responses

  1. Spencer Sprecker

    A Newbie is all loaded and heading up to Ellacoya State Park. I will see you Thursday. I’ll be the guy with the sail on upsidedown, reading Think Ice

    Red DN1165


    01/22/2020 at 4:56 pm

  2. geepwilliams

    I’m on my way but arriving late; about Sunset.


    Sent from my iPhone

    01/22/2020 at 4:18 pm

  3. Lee Spiller

    Don’t expect the whole lake to be smooth. There is probably more rough than smooth but there are big plates to sail. There are many rough patches and pressure ridges are forming. Be careful.

    01/22/2020 at 1:15 am

  4. Scott Page

    Use care. It JUST froze. A week ago you could swim.

    Sp Sent from my iPhone


    01/22/2020 at 12:32 am

  5. iceone1

    Team Long Island will be there by 2

    01/21/2020 at 8:57 pm

    • Thanks for checking in guys! See you there

      01/21/2020 at 9:00 pm