ICE OUT 2020 – TIMES AND DATES FOR GUESS ARE NOW PUBLISHED

The deadline for submitting guesses officially closed on Sunday, March 8th at 11:59pm.

Want to guess the day and time the ice on the lake goes out? Now is your chance. The Ice Out Contest will be in last year’s format. The exact time and date of guesses won’t be published but just the “ranges” of the guesses. This will be closer to the model for the Ice Out Contest on the Tanana River, that flows through Fairbanks, Alaska. (The prize for guessing ice-out for that contest averages over $250,000 and we are sorry the prize for the Lake Wentworth Ice Out won’t be that large, not even close- think coffee mug or hat). The Tanana ice out is all blind guessing, you put your guess in an envelope (with money) and the envelopes are opened after the ice goes out.

The guesses will be recorded in two ways this year, one with the exact time and date and the other will be a general time frame. The time frames will be Early March, Mid March, Late March, Early April, Mid April, Late April and May. (The ice better be out by May!) The general time frames for the guesses will be reported on the website but not the exact times and dates. This will mean that people can just guess the date and time that they want and not worry about stepping on other people’s toes by guessing too close to someone else’s guess. The existing guesses will be updated regularly.

Dates of previous Ice Outs are given at the bottom of this article. Guessing will close on Sunday, March 8th at 11:59 PM. (There is little chance that the ice will be out by March 8th.) If you win, you get bragging rights and maybe even a prize.

Ice Out is declared when “all the shores are free of ice” so that people could launch boats if they desired. This means that there are no “icebergs” floating around that would be dangerous for navigation. The winner is the person with the closest guess to the official Ice Out date and time. A committee of Association volunteers make the declaration. All committee members are certified by the International Commission for Exactness (ICE).

Current Guesses for 2020

Early March
Middle March Julie Brown
John Goodwin
3/16
3/17
2:00pm
2:00pm
Late March Eric Ouhrabka
Howie Hoyt
Karen Ouhrabka
Susan Goodwin
Brian Ellis
Kathryn Shea
Shane Arnold
Lisa Arnold
John Lydeard
William Durfee
Brook Arnold
Oliver Heimiller
3/23
3/23
3/24
3/25
3/26
3/28
3/28
3/28
3/29
3/30
3/31
3/31
2:00pm
4:00pm
1:00pm
1:30pm
6:45pm
10:18am
3:31pm
11:11pm
3:00pm
11:30am
11:11am
11:30am
Early April Lukas Heimiller
Piper Ouhrabka
Rosemary Lounsbury
Lee Arnold
Nancy Gilbert
Susan Ouhrabka
Peter Galanis
Thomas Ouhrabka
Ethan Arnold
Brian Ouhrabka
Annie Arnold
Carl Crosley
Steve Arnold
Mary Ellen Galanis
4/1
4/1
4/2
4/2
4/3
4/3
4/4
4/5
4/8
4/8
4/8
4/8
4/8
4/9
8:15am
4:00pm
2:05pm
2:30pm
1:23pm
3:00pm
2:00pm
2:00pm
7:11am
3:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
4:00pm
11:30am
Middle April Peter Goodwin
Becky Arnold
Daniel Ross
Jean Erwin
Bruce Gifford
Katie Ellis
Lauren Poster
Jill Heimiller
Joe Erwin
Debbie Bayne
4/10
4/10
4/13
4/15
4/15
4/15
4/15
4/17
4/20
4/20
9:00am
3:00pm
3:00pm
1:00pm
3:00pm
3:00pm
3:15pm
8:15am
11:00am
4:00pm
Late April Debbie Crane
E. James Smith
Dauson Bere
Jeff Heimiller
4/22
4/23
4/24
4/24
4:30pm
4:33pm
9:00am
12:35pm
May Isla Arnold 5/8 3:00pm

Previous Ice Out Dates

1972 May 2      1973   April 26     1974  April 14    1975 April 24    1976  April 8    1977  April 18

1978  April 28   1979  April 23    1980  April 10    1981  March 31  1982  April 24   1983  April 4

1984  April 16   1985  March 31   1986  April 5    1987  April 12    1988  April 17    1989  April 17

1990  April 10   1991  April 6     1992  April 9     1993  April 20     1994  April 22     1995  April 1

1996  April 12    1997  April 20   1998  April 7    1999 April 8       2000   April 5     2001   April 28

2002   April 4    2003  April 24    2004   April 17   2005   Apr 17   5:30 PM    2006   Apr. 1  12:00 PM

2007   Apr. 23    6:00 AM    2008   Apr. 23    8:00 AM    2009   Apr. 12    6:00 AM    2010  Mar. 23     3:00 PM
2011 Apr. 20       2:30 PM    2012   March 22 12:00 PM    2013 Apr. 14   3:15 PM   2014 Apr. 19    3:00 PM

2015 Apr. 20     7:45 PM   2016 March 18    9:00 AM  2017 Apr. 16      7:00 PM    2018 April 24   8:15 AM

2019   Apr. 20   7:45 PM