OUTDOORS

Munson Island Ice Cutting Hike

Posted Dec. 09, 2013, at 1 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Location: Town Building, Water St, Grand Lake Stream, ME

For more information: Tanya Rucosky; 207-796-2100; downeastlakes.org/events/munson-island-ice-cutting-hike-february-1st-or-2nd/

Join DLLT for a guided snowshoe/ski/hike on West Grand Lake to Munson Island for the traditional ice harvest. Dave Tobey, Maine Guide, and Munson caretaker, will demonstrate how he cuts blocks of ice and carefully packs the ice house, providing refrigeration for the island that lasts all summer long. He is continuing a tradition that was once big business in Maine, with clear Maine ice shipped down the eastern seaboard and into the Caribbean.

Maine Guide Dale Tobey will lead the trip. Participants will meet at the Grand Lake Stream Town Building on Water St. and carpool from there to access the lake from Whitely’s private camp partway up the shore on the Bonney Brook Rd.

Round trip over the ice to Munson Island and back is a little over 1 mile. Come prepared for the weather, and bring snacks, water or a thermos with a warm drink. After the hike, Lee and Sue Whitely invite everyone to their camp for a cup of hot cocoa to warm up.

PLEASE CONTACT THE DLLT FOR CONFIRMATION OF DATE. ALL OUTDOOR WINTER ACTIVITIES ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT – TIMING OF THE ICE HARVEST DEPENDS ON ICE CONDITIONS.

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