Thursday, February 17, 2011

Things to do in Lake Placid: Skating on Mirror Lake

Public skating on Mirror Lake! 
By Diane Chase 

Ice skating on Mirror Lake is just one option for getting outside, exercising and being in nature.  There is no better experience than being outside and skating on a natural pond looking out at the Adirondack High Peaks. 

There are warnings in place for skating on ponds and lakes. Please heed those warnings, for your own safety. 

According to the Saranac Lake Voluntary Fire Department , "NO ICE IS SAFE ICE."

• Frozen ice is seldom the same at the shore as it is in the center of the pond. 

• Some Adirondack lakes are actually dammed rivers and have a current that seldom freezes (Lake Flower in Saranac Lake) 


•  Good, clear black ice is stronger than snow or slushy ice. 

• According to the DEC, 3" - 4" thickness of good, clear ice for a person to be able to walk out onto it. 

•  8-10" of solid, clear ice is standard for a snowmobile or hockey game. 

• Never go out on a frozen pond, lake, river or ice alone! 

• Warm children of the dangers of skating on a frozen lake or pond


• If the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute is closed for the season , trust that the ice is too thin on Mirror Lake


• Though the public skating area is not lighted, the residual light from the Lake Placid Toboggan Run and the nearby street lights provides another unique skating experience for all.


• The Mirror Lake Municipal Beach restrooms are open during the day but due to vandalism the closest restrooms (for evening) are at the Municipal Parking Lot across from the Lake Placid Post Office. 


• Changing tables are available at both locations for those patrons still in diapers ;-) 

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