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#1 gardenstatepkwy

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:01 PM

Not sure if this is the appropriate forum, although it is kind of hockey related...

It's been below freezing for a little while now, has anyone investigated their local retaining pond, small lake, etc for ice? Looks like its going to continue to be freezing for at least 3-5 days longer. May be able to get some quality pond time in.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

Not sure if this is the appropriate forum, although it is kind of hockey related...

It's been below freezing for a little while now, has anyone investigated their local retaining pond, small lake, etc for ice? Looks like its going to continue to be freezing for at least 3-5 days longer. May be able to get some quality pond time in.


I was just talking about this with a friend yesterday...

I am going to investigate tonight, I think they should be almost ready to go
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:43 PM

I thought the rule of thumb was 10 straight days below freezing.. Could be wrong though
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:47 PM

Just got invited to play this Sat but idk if I will want to. I am not Canadian enough for these temperatures and am spoiled having played in a rink so much. :yucky:
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:33 PM

the ponds by me in Rockland, NY aren't thick enough. They're frozen but its a thin layer.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:53 PM

I love skating on Carnegie :wub: Pines Lake too at my Brother-in-laws - but that's cute because of all the kids.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:54 PM

How about you guys in Central NJ, Shore Points? I'm talking Turkey Swamp Park and Shark River Park. Anyone down for it?
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

I thought the rule of thumb was 10 straight days below freezing.. Could be wrong though


A couple of days as cold as today should be sufficient. I think the park in Madison near the Florham Park border was flooded and is open. Also, the roller hockey rinks in East Hanover and Parsippany are usually flooded and could have ice this week as well. Plus, they have boards, benches and full sized nets. I'm going to check out Parsippany tonight after work. Gotta take advantage of the free ice while you can around here.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:10 PM

The Passaic River by my house hasn't been iced over for pond hockey in quite some time. I may have to go check it out. Brings back great memories, the first time I ever played ice hockey was on the river.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:04 PM

Make sure to check carefully. I know it's crazy cold out right now but there's A LOT of other factors on how thick the ice is. How big of a body of water it is, current, etc.

This happened just over 2 weeks ago down the road from me...there were people on the ice all day before hand. I passed by the lake last Thursday and almost the whole lake was thawed out. One week with only 1/2 that time being really cold isn't enough time.

Both the kids bodies have since been recovered but here's the original article.

http://www.huffingto..._n_2431652.html

Budd Lake Search For Missing Teens, Thought To Have Fallen Through Ice, Continues


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:08 PM

Make sure to check carefully. I know it's crazy cold out right now but there's A LOT of other factors on how thick the ice is. How big of a body of water it is, current, etc.

This happened just over 2 weeks ago down the road from me...there were people on the ice all day before hand. I passed by the lake last Thursday and almost the whole lake was thawed out. One week with only 1/2 that time being really cold isn't enough time.

Both the kids bodies have since been recovered but here's the original article.

http://www.huffingto..._n_2431652.html


That hits close to me because I'm right around the corner from Budd Lake. (If you consider Rockaway "around the corner") Absolutely shocked when I heard that news.

The closest pond to me is Parks Lake in Rockaway Boro and I've never in my 23 years have seen that lake completely frozen to the point that it would be suitable for hockey. I don't think you are allowed to skate on it regardless. Haha.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:12 PM

That hits close to me because I'm right around the corner from Budd Lake. (If you consider Rockaway "around the corner") Absolutely shocked when I heard that news.

The closest pond to me is Parks Lake in Rockaway Boro and I've never in my 23 years have seen that lake completely frozen to the point that it would be suitable for hockey. I don't think you are allowed to skate on it regardless. Haha.


Yup I could see the police helicopters the first night and the news the next morning from where I live. Scary stuff.

I lived on a lake growing up and rarely worried about the consequences "IF" the ice wasn't thick enough. Hell I could see open water and would walk toward it like an idiot. Anyway back to the orig topic. I'm pretty sure a lot of the really small ponds probably are fine. Just larger bodies of water I wouldn't trust for another week. That and I'm more worried since all that happened.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:22 PM

Yup I could see the police helicopters the first night and the news the next morning from where I live. Scary stuff.

I lived on a lake growing up and rarely worried about the consequences "IF" the ice wasn't thick enough. Hell I could see open water and would walk toward it like an idiot. Anyway back to the orig topic. I'm pretty sure a lot of the really small ponds probably are fine. Just larger bodies of water I wouldn't trust for another week. That and I'm more worried since all that happened.

I'm in Budd Lake as well, less than a mile from the lake. I couldn't believe when that happened. Terrible.


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:31 PM

I'm in Budd Lake as well, less than a mile from the lake. I couldn't believe when that happened. Terrible.


Yeah...sorry guys for bringing down the thread. My bad.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:22 PM

I wouldn't go out to a big lake or river yet, but tomorrow morning I'm going to check a couple small ponds I know of. Another important thing to consider is that snow insulates the ice, so it might not be a good idea to go out after tomorrow if it snows.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

For those of you in Bergen County, when I used to go we would go to The Celery Farm off Franklin Turnpike in Allendale.

I'm in MI now with plenty of ponds.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:29 PM

a friend of mine said a shallow pond in demarest froze over....talking about getting a game together but their arent nets
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:56 PM

a friend of mine said a shallow pond in demarest froze over....talking about getting a game together but their arent nets

You don't need to lug heavy nets out there, you can just make a pond hockey goal like this one: Posted Image
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:54 PM

Just flood your backyard.

There's a really great doc about pond hockey (called Pond Hockey). I watched on hulu, not sure where else its available. But it's definitely worth watching.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:38 PM

haworth skating rink is frozen, but full of leaves ARRRGGGHHHH. will check the Demarest pond tonight
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