Mother Nature Delivers For Great Ice In Grand Isle Event

By Kristen Tripodi

Published 02/08 2014 05:09PM

Updated 02/08 2014 05:31PM

GRAND ISLE, Vt.- Lake Champlain hasn't completely frozen over since 2007 but as we told you last night this year it’s getting pretty close! And that's good news for one event in particular at the 8th annual 'Great Ice In Grand Isle'!  

For many people the event is a yearly tradition.

“It’s a good excuse to get out and do something different and it’s a whole other little world on the ice out here,” said Catherine Suiter, of Burlington.

“It’s fun, it's great to see everybody out especially in the winter,” said Monika Jaeckre, of North Hero.

Now in its 8th year, the event boasts a weekend full of winter fun for the whole family.

“All these little kids come in with their snow outfits and they can barely walk. It’s wonderful,” said Robert Camp, or Hero’s Welcome and the event organizer.

Camp says the activities include ice skating, sledding, and dog sled racing- to name a few.
But one event has been noticeably absent the last two years; the trek to Knight Island.

“Everybody walks over to Knight Island which is the island furthest behind me. Has a cup of hot chocolate with a park ranger in the park ranger’s cabin and then comes back,” said Camp.

Camp says in the past they've had to cancel the trek across the lake because the ice was just not thick enough.
But this year is different.

“It couldn't have been better this week because the ice is so very strong. People don't realize it. On a thickness this thick you could easily transport a house right across the lake,” said Camp.

So thanks to Mother Nature Camp says this year people can enjoy the almost three mile round trip trek across the lake.

“Get out on a solid two feet of ice and just come have fun,” said Camp.

And that's just what friends Monika and Catherine plan to do.

“We're going to have a competition, between us,” joked Jaeckre.

“We might skate out to Knights Island that would be the goal. At least until the ankles give out,” joked Suiter.

All the proceeds from the event go to local organizations in Grand Isle including the fire department and rescue squad.

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