The century old tradition of harvesting ice from NH lakes has begun. For over a hundred years, ice is cut from the frozen lakes in giant blocks and brought in to insulated houses to be kept throughout the summer. The blocks average 16"x19"x11" and weigh up to 160 pounds each. Over 200 tons of ice are removed from Squam Lake.
The ice is cut according to the weather and temperature each year. This year, the harvest took place on January 9th. Last year it was done in February. A giant circular saw is used to cut through the foot thick ice.