VIXEN, WHIFF, & HOUND. Last day on the Hudson River at Astor Point
Last day on the Hudson River at Astor Point, Barrytown, NY            photo Copyright Glen Burger
 
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Maine Pennsylvania
Massachusetts Quebec
New Hampshire Rhode Island
New Jersey Vermont

Popular Northeastern Iceboating Destinations

This page is written primarily for iceboaters. The listings below catalog some of the more popular iceboating venues here in the Northeast. The tables are ordered first by state or province, then by body of water. Unless noted, the launch coordinates are public access points. I have no personal knowledge of many of these locations, so bear in mind that the data may not be completely accurate, but is based on a best effort to decode the information available to me. Should you find discrepancies or errors, or would like me to add a new site to the list, please send me the data and I will quickly attend to the update. Certain versions of Firefox have minor problems displaying the table borders correctly.

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John Sperr

The basic rules of ice safety apply -- pond, lake, or river ice is rarely, if ever, completely safe. Have a partner, have safety gear with you, and always get a scouting report from someone who knows the body of water before you go sailing off on what looks to be a perfect sheet of ice. The Hudson River is a tidal estuary, so there is always broken ice and open water at the shoreline as demonstrated in the photo above. Large lakes will develop "reefs" or "pressure cracks" where the ice buckles to relieve the tremendous expansion forces as cold weather grows the sheet. See Bob Dill's terrific web site, Lake Ice, for a more thorough discussion of the properties of ice and its safety.

I will continue to develop and update these as I gather the data, but getting all the little details right and verifying the information has proven to be slow going. Your suggestions and assistance are always appreciated. If you have a GPS, collect the appropriate waypoint data when you go sailing, export it to a file, and email it to me. Send a photo along if you like, and I will add it as appropriate and credit you for your contribution.

Launch Coordinates & Street Map Links will serve up a Google street map zoomed out to an overview level but centered on the launch site. One click on the zoom bar at the appropriate level will get you down to a detailed view. Click on the "Get Directions" link at the upper left side of the Google page, type in your starting zip code, and you'll be on your way. Feel free to download the GPX file -- most of these were created before mapping GPS units became ubiquitous. They map out the last few highway segments to the launch site, and may have waypoints detailing some of the notable features of the body of water.

Topographic Maps will give you the most accurate mapping of the launch sites and the surrounding terrain. One of the neat features of MapTech is that you can change the background map overlay with one click -- if you are dropping in with your J-3  Piper Cub for the afternoon, click on the Aeronautical Chart overlay, and you will have the information you need.

GPS Download Files have been rendered largely obsolete with the ubiquity of good mapping GPS units. They contain GPS waypoint and route information to get to the site or navigate once you are on the ice. You can upload them to most modern GPS receivers using a free transfer utility such as USAPhotoMaps or EasyGPS, or graphically view the data with one of the Google API mapping programs such as Waypoint Visualizer or GPS Visualizer (elevation/speed profiles too!). As the data is developed, the GPX files may evolve to contain known geographic features such as islands or points of interest along the shore as well as the ever changing locations of ice features such as open water, pressure cracks, reefs, or a bottle of Champagne cached on one of the islands of Lake Winnipesaukee awaiting the "Hard Way" sailors. GPX has become the standard data file format for exchanging GPS data and is supported by popular software and hardware from Garmin, Magellan, and Trimble.

USAPhotoMaps is a very interesting and useful free program for mapping and getting data to and from your GPS -- it's fast, compact, and downloads aerial photographs and topographic maps while letting you set waypoints and routes by pointing and clicking. Find your favorite launch site, click on the waypoints to get there, and send me the resulting XML file -- I'll do the rest.

If you live near one of these locations and/or would like to serve as a contact person for a particular venue, please email me with your information and I will add it to this work in progress. Interesting photos are always appreciated.

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Connecticut

Name Launch Coordinates & Street Map Link 

Contact person

Topographic Map GPS Download File (GPX)
Bantam Lake 
117 North Shore Drive
Bantam CT 06750
41.7126  -73.2274

Scott Morris 860-567-9653

MapTech BANTAM.GPX
Candlewood Lake 
Lattins Cove
8 Forty Acres Mountain Road
Danbury CT 06811
41.4439  -73.4282    
Candlewood Lake
Old Bogus Road
Squantz Pond State Park
New Fairfield CT 06812
41.5095  -73.4727    
Lake Pocotopaug 
Sears Park
East Hampton CT  06424

41.5910  -72.5069

Bob Kilpatrick 860-256-7527
Dave Burnham 860-267-8590

MapTech POCOTOPA.GPX
Pauchaug Pond
945 Voluntown Road
Griswold CT
41.5831 -71.9290    
Rogers Lake 
Hains Park
Laysville Center CT  06371
41.3492  -72.2984 MapTech ROGERS.GPX
Winchester Lake 
West Road
Winchester CT  06098
41.9077  -73.1531    


 

Maine
Herricks Ledge (near Walkers Pond) looking toward Camden
photo Copyright John Sperr

 

Name Launch Coordinates & Street Map Link 

Contact person

Topographic Map GPS Download File (GPX)

Chickawaukie Pond
Johnson Memorial Park
146-154 Lake View Drive / Route 17
Rockland ME 04841

44.1365  -69.1205

MapTech CHICKA.GPX
Damariscotta Lake 
State Park Road
Jefferson ME 04348

44.1971   -69.4545

MapTech DAMARIS.GPX
Eagle Lake
Lower Main Street
Eagle Lake ME 04739

47.0427 -68.5755

   
Eagle Lake
Eagle Lake Road
Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor ME 04609

44.3765 68.2506
(Check with NPS for legality, access, etc)

   
       
Great Pond
Pub Boat Landing Road
Belgrade ME  04917

44.5193  -69.8732

 

BELGRADE.GPX

Kennebunk Pond
Kennebunk Pond Road
Alfred ME 04002

43.5021 -70.6366

   
Long Lake
Junction Route 302 & Route 114
Naples ME 04055

43.9694  -70.6035

   
Long Pond
Lower Long Pond Road
Bucksport ME 04416

44.6480  -68.6899
Private Property?

   
Mesgunticook Lake
830 Hope Road Route 105
Camden ME 04843

44.2347 -69.1086

   
Messalonskee Lake
455 Hosta Lane
Augusta ME 04330

44.4907 -69.7766

   
Moosehead Lake
Greenville Junction
Greenville ME 04442

45.4624 -69.6211

  MOOSHEAD.GPX
Moosehead Lake
Lake Street
Rockwood ME 04478

45.6769  -69.7380

  MOOSHEAD.GPX
Moosehead Lake
Lily Bay State Park
Rowell Boat Launch
Beaver Cove ME 04441

45.5760 -69.5507

  MOOSHEAD.GPX
Moosehead Lake
Seboomook Wilderness Campground
Seboomook Trail Road
Rockwood ME 04478

45.8786 -69.7322

  MOOSHEAD.GPX
Murdock Lake 
Ridlon Road
Berwick ME 03901
43.3234  -70.8833    
Parker Pond
Route 121 / ~721 Meadow Road
Casco ME 04015

43.9897  -70.5205
   
Pierce(s) Pond
Mill Creek Road
Penobscot ME 04476
44.4798  -68.7280    
Plymouth Pond
Route 7
Plymouth ME 04969

44.7611  -69.2034

MapTech

PLYMTHPD.GPX
Pushaw Lake
3 Gould Road
Orono ME 04473

44.8979 -68.7881

   
Saponac Lake
Twin Hills Road
Burlington ME 04417

45.1821 -68.3918

   
Sebago Lake
Jordan Bay 
Route 302
Raymond ME 04071
43.8998 -70.4745 MapTech RAYMOND.GPX
Sebago Lake
Lower Bay
Northeast Road Ext.
Standish ME 04084
43.7636  -70.5226    
Toddy Pond
Route 1
East Orland ME 04413
44.5659  -68.6721 MapTech TODDY.GPX
Tolman Pond
790 West Street
Route 90
Rockport ME 04856
44.1766  -69.1492    
Unity Pond
(Lake Winnicook)
Arbor Lane / Kanokolus Road
Unity ME 04988
44.6280  -69.3426    
Unity Pond
(Lake Winnicook)
Town Beach
Burnham ME 04922
44.6375  -69.3509    
Walker Pond
Sedgwick Public Access Site
Coopers Farm Lane
Sedgwick ME 04676
44.3296  -68.6899

Kevin Grindle 207-348-2749 Home
 207-266-0412 Cell

  Coopers Farm Lane is just south of the Caterpillar Hill Overlook on Route 15 / 175.
West 1500' on Coopers Farm Lane to first right turn. Down new road to Walkers Pond.

Walker Pond
Robin Hood Camp
Herrick Road
Brooksville ME 04617 


44.3198  -68.7019
Private Property -- No Public Access
Kevin Grindle 207-348-2749 Home
 207-266-0412 Cell
MapTech WALKER.GPX
Maine Lake Survey Maps Maine Boat Sites by Waterbody    


 

Massachusetts

Name Launch Coordinates & Street Map Link 

Contact person

Topographic Map GPS Download File (GPX)
Cedar Lake
2-64 Cedar Pond Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
42.1179  -72.0935    
       
East Monponsett Lake
28-112 Massachusetts 36
Halifax MA 02338
41.9992  -70.8299
can also hand carry over from
West Monponsett Lake launch area
   
Lake Attitash
12 Attitash Avenue
Merrimac MA 01860
42.8426  -70.9821    
Lake Quannapowitt
Lake Avenue
Wakefield MA 01880
42.5089  -71.0732    
Lake Quinsigamond
North Lake Avenue
Regatta Point State Park
Worcester MA  01605
42.2768  -71.7587    
Lake Wequaquet
460 Shootflying Hill Road
Centerville MA 02632
41.6797  -70.3481    

Long Pond (Cape Cod -- Harwich)
Public Access Area
Long Pond Drive
Brewster MA 02631

41.7202  -70.0673

MapTech

BRWSTRMA.GPX

Long Pond (Freetown / Lakeville)
Public Boat Ramp
Route 18 -- Middleboro Road
East Freetown MA 02717

41.7831  -70.9295

MapTech

LONGPOND.GPX

Long Pond (Freetown / Lakeville)
Town Beach
Long Pond Road
East Freetown MA 02717

41.7762  -70.9506

MapTech

LONGPOND.GPX

Norton Reservoir
Juniper Road
Norton MA
41.9820  -71.1881        primary    

41.9898  -71.1954        secondary

 

MapTech

 

NORTON.GPX
Quaboag Pond
Quaboag St / Shore Rd / Charlton Rd
Brookfield MA
42.2033  -72.0631 MapTech QUABOAG.GPX
South Watuppa Pond 
Jefferson Street Extension
Fall River MA 
41.6737  -71.1405 MapTech WATUPPA.GPX
Webster Lake 
230 Thompson Road
Webster MA 01570 
Lake Chaubunagungamaug 

42.03845   -71.8580

MapTech WEBSTER.GPX
Webster Lake 
Memorial Beach Drive
Webster MA 01570 
Lake Chaubunagungamaug 

42.0547 -71.8562

   
West Monponsett Lake
470-556 Monponsett Street
Halifax MA 02338
42.0063  -70.8414    
Winnecunnet Pond
44 Bay Road
Norton MA 02766
41.9713  -71.1267    
Massachusetts State Pond Maps      


 

New Hampshire


photo Copyright Carl Peterson

Name Launch Coordinates & Street Map Link 

Contact person

Topographic Map GPS Download File (GPX)
Baxter Lake
Sampson Road
Rochester NH 03868
43.3218  -71.0426    
Canobie Lake
157 North Policy Street
Salem NH 03079
42.8014 -71.2453    
Contoocook Lake
194 Squantum Road
Jaffrey NH 03452
42.7965  -72.0068    
       
Dublin Lake / Dublin Pond
Lake Road
Dublin NH 03444
42.9050 -72.0899    
Eastman Pond
25 Road Round The Lake
Grantham NH 03753
43.5146 -72.1132    
Lake Kanasatka
Route 25 / Whittier Highway
Moultonborough NH 03254
43.7153 -71.4456    
Mascoma Lake
191 Main Street
Enfield NH 03748
43.6309  -72.1576    
Massabesic Lake
Route 121
Auburn, NH 03032
42.9997  -71.3455 MapTech MASSABESIC.GPX
Massabesic Lake
Massabesic Yacht Club
Londonderry Tpk Route 28 Bypass
Auburn NH 03032
42.9991 -71.3863    
Otter Pond
Route 11
Georges Mills NH  03751
43.4274  -72.0522    
Pemigewasset Lake
Campground Road
New Hampton NH 03256
43.6206  -71.5950    
Potanipo Pond
(Muscatanipus Pond)
Brookline NH 03033
42.7351  -71.6762    
Squam Lake
Squam Lake Road
Sandwich NH 03227
43.7822  -71.4724    
Squam Lake
Squam Channel
Route 113 & Science Center
Holderness NH 03245
43.7325  -71.5880    
Squam Lake
Daniel Webster Highway
Route 3 / Route 25
Holderness NH 03245
43.7295  -71.5658    
Lake Sunapee 
Dewey Beach
16 Dewey Beach Road
Sunapee NH  03782
43.3952   -72.0814   SUNAPEE.GPX
Lake Sunapee 
Georges Mills Beach
Cooper Street
Sunapee NH  03782
43.4299  -72.0667   SUNAPEE.GPX
Lake Sunapee 
Mt. Sunapee State Park Beach
99 Beach Road
Mount Sunapee NH  03255
43.3429   -72.0619 MapTech SUNAPEE.GPX
Lake Wentworth 
Wentworth State Park
Route 109
Wolfeboro NH 03894
43.6130   -71.1450

MapTech

WENTWRTH.GPX
Lake Wentworth 
Albee Beach
Albee Beach Road
Wolfeboro NH 03894
43.6030  -71.1840   WENTWRTH.GPX
Lake Winnipesaukee
Ames Farm Inn
2800 Lake Shore Road
Gilford NH 03249
Private Property
43.5639  -70.3337
$5 Ramp Fee
603-293-4321
 


WINNI.GPX

 
Lake Winnipesaukee 
 Brewster Beach
Wolfeboro NH  03894
43.5776   -71.2096

MapTech

BREWSTER.GPX

WINNI.GPX
Lake Winnipesaukee 
50 Leavitt Park Road
Meredith NH 03253
43.6812   -71.4540

MapTech

MEREDITH.GPX

WINNI.GPX

Lake Winnipesaukee 
Ellacoya State Park
Route 11 Scenic Drive
Gilford NH 03246


43.5755  -71.3554
 
MapTech


WINNI.GPX

New Hampshire Lakes & Ponds Maps      

 

New Jersey


photo Copyright John Sperr


 

Name Launch Coordinates & Street Map Link 

Contact person

Topographic Map GPS Download File (GPX)
Budd Lake 

Budd Lake NJ 07828

40.8631   -74.7508 MapTech  
Greenwood Lake
Brown's Point
Greenwood Lake Turnpike
Hewitt NJ 07421
41.1523 -74.3481 MapTech  
Lake Hopatcong 
Lee's County Park Marina
443 Howard Boulevard
Mount Arlington NJ 07856
40.9328  -74.6300 MapTech  
Lake Musconetcong
3 Dell Avenue
Netcong NJ 07857
40.9011 -74.7034 MapTech  
Navesink River 
Union Street
Red Bank NJ 07701
NSIBYC -- Private Property

40.3535   -74.0668

732 747-9845 Club House

732 747-5665 Ice Line

MapTech

NSIBYC.GPX
Shrewsbury River
235 Renwick Place
Long Branch NJ  07740
 
LBIBYC -- Private Property
40.3270  -73.9945
732-222-9887
   
Toms River
1464 Riviera Avenue
Toms River NJ 08753
Toms River Yacht Club -- Private Property
39.9460 -74.1594
(732) 929-9809
   
New Jersey Ponds, Lakes, Reservoirs      


 

New York

Sarah and HOUND under the Rhinecliff Bridge
photo Copyright Glen Burger


 
 
 

Name Launch Coordinates & Street Map Link 

Contact person

Topographic Map GPS Download File (GPX)

Canadarago Lake
Route 28 & Dennison Road
Richfield Springs, NY 13439

42.8185 -75.0125

MapTech

 
Chippewa Bay
Denner Road
Chippewa Bay NY  13623

44.4419  -75.7630

Bill Billings

315 323-3618 cell   315 324-6026 work

 

CHIPPEWA.GPX

Great South Bay, Long Island 
Bellport Lane
Bellport NY 11713

40.7520  -72.9330

MapTech

 
Greenwood Lake
Thomas P Morahan Waterfront Park
Windermere Avenue
Greenwood Lake NY 10925
41.2185 -74.2978    
Hallock's Bay (Long Beach Bay)
Narrow River Road
Orient Point
Southold NY 11971

41.1408  -72.2830

MapTech  
Hudson River 
DEC Fishing Access Area
Athens NY 12015

42.2728  -73.8022

 

ROKEBY.GPX

Hudson River 
Athens Village Park
Athens NY 12015

42.2592  -73.8080

 

ROKEBY.GPX

Hudson River 
The Anchorage
North Germantown NY  12526
42.1585  -73.8864 MapTech ROKEBY.GPX
Hudson River 
Cheviot Landing
Cheviot NY 12526
42.1259  -73.9048 MapTech ROKEBY.GPX
Hudson River 
Glasco Town Park
Albany Street
Glasco NY  12432
42.0407  -73.9414

Dock Shuter  845-247-0508

  ROKEBY.GPX
       
Hudson River 
South Tivoli Bay
Barrytown NY 12507
42.0083  -73.9276

Aerial Photo

John Sperr

MapTech ROKEBY.GPX
Hudson River 
Astor Point
Barrytown NY 12507

41.9922  -73.9330

Private Property

Ricky Aldrich 845-758-8693

MapTech

ROKEBY.GPX

Hudson River 
Long Dock
Rhinecliff NY  12574
41.9312  -73.9460

Bob Wills  845-876-2298

  ROKEBY.GPX
Hudson River 
Town Dock
Rhinecliff NY  12574
41.9200   -73.9531

Bob Wills  845-876-2298

  ROKEBY.GPX

Keuka Lake
Penn Yan NY

     
Lake Champlain
Cumberland Head Bay
5 Dock Street
Plattsburgh NY 12901

44.6970  -73.4409

   
Lake Mahopac 
899 South Lake Boulevard
Mahopac NY 10541
41.3719  -73.7378
Private Property
(ask Anthony's Deli across street)
Bob Strohm

MapTech

MAHOPAC.GPX
Lake Ronkonkoma
2 Lake Shore Road
Lake Ronkonkoma NY 11779
40.8321  -73.1291    
Nicholl Bay / Connequot River 

 

     
Otsego Lake
Glimmerglass State Park
1527 County Highway 31
Cooperstown NY 13326
42.7906  -74.8687    

Three Mile Point Park

Otsego Lake
Lake Front Park / Pioneer Park
1 Pioneer Street
Cooperstown NY 13326
42.7030 -74.9230    
Otsego Lake
 Public Landing Road
Cooperstown NY 13326
42.8069 -74.8827    
Peach Lake 

 

     
Round Lake 
Route 9
Round Lake NY  12151
42.9371  -73.7904

Saratoga Lake Ice Report

MapTech ROUND.GPX
Saratoga Lake
Saratoga Lake Marine Park
Route 9P
Saratoga Springs NY 12866
43.0528  -73.7201    
       
Schroon Lake
Dock Street
Schroon Lake NY 12870
43.7255  -73.8095    
Schroon Lake
County Route 62
Pottersville NY 12860
43.8349  -73.7602    
       
Sodus Bay 
7410 State Route 14
Sodus Point NY 14555
43.2667  -76.9902

Sodus Bay Ice Boat Club 585-234-2030

Commodore Bill VanGee DN US 4835

  SODUS.GPX
White Lake 
State Boat Launch, Route 55
Bethel NY 12786
41.6858  -74.8317    
       
Young(s) Lake
Hoke Road at Route 20
Warren NY 13439
42.8433  -74.9152    


 
 
 

Pennsylvania

Name Launch Coordinates & Street Map Link 

Contact person

Topographic Map GPS Download File (GPX)
Pecks Pond 
Route 402
Pecks Pond PA 18328
41.2842   -75.0810

MapTech

PECKS.GPX
Lake Wallenpaupack 
Wilsonville Boat Launch
Hawley PA 18428
41.4493   -75.1825

MapTech

WALLEN.GPX
Lake Wallenpaupack 
Caffrey Recreation Area /  Capri Marina
Lakeville PA 18438
41.4313   -75.2315

 

WALLEN.GPX
Presque Isle Bay 
Erie Yacht Club
Erie PA
42.1211  -80.1299

Private Property

Chris Wolford  814-833-1960

MapTech ERIE.GPX
Presque Isle Bay 
Presque Isle State Park
Erie PA
42.1144  -80.1534

814-833-7424

MapTech ERIE.GPX
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Maps      


 

Quebec

Name Launch Coordinates & Street Map Link 

Contact person

Topographic Map GPS Download File (GPX)
Lac Saint-Louis 
Beaconsfield Boulevard
Beaconsfield QC
45.4433   -73.8617

André Baby

 

 


 

Rhode Island

Name Launch Coordinates & Street Map Link 

Contact person

Topographic Map GPS Download File (GPX)
Ninigret Pond 
East Beach Road
Charleston RI
41.3447  -71.6905 MapTech NINIGRET.GPX


 

Vermont

Lake Champlain at Crown Point
photo Copyright John Sperr


 

Name Launch Coordinates & Street Map Link 

Contact person

Topographic Map GPS Download File (GPX)

Lake Champlain
Burlington USCG Station
Lake Street
Burlington VT

44.4805 -73.2230

   
Lake Champlain 
Button Bay
Button Bay Road Boat Ramp
Vergennes VT 05491

44.1772 -73.3514

   

Lake Champlain
Converse Bay
Charlotte VT  05445

44.2952  -73.2918

MapTech

CONVERSE.GPX

Lake Champlain
Keeler Bay
South Hero VT  05486
44.6677 -73.3207    
Lake Champlain 
Malletts Bay Public Boat Ramp
980 West Lakeshore Drive
Colchester VT  05446

44.5526  -73.2313

MALLETTS.GPX

       
Lake Champlain
Van Everest Road
Milton VT  05468

44.7060 -73.2087

Lake Morey
Lake Morey Road
Fairlee VT 05045

43.9212  -72.1598

MapTech

Shelburne Pond 
297 Pond Access Road
Shelburne VT 05482
44.3771  -73.1622 MapTech

TopoZone

SHELBURNE.GPX


 

Barrytown NY Post Office at sunset
photo Copyright John Sperr

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Disclaimer

HRIYC.ORG is neither the official website, nor am I the webmaster, of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club. I am a long standing member of the Club and during the sailing season  I frequently post photographs and information on this, my own personal website, about current iceboating activity in the Hudson Valley and beyond. I am the sole person responsible for the presentation of content and the opinions expressed herein. Interesting photographic contributions are welcome and appreciated -- I spend most of my time on the ice skippering and far too often fail to capture the best images the day has to offer.

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