WHOA Winter Activities

We have a number of activities that are focused on taking advantage of what winter has to offer. Snow shoeing is a great way to see the camp during the winter months and don't let ice on the lake stop you from catching some fish.

Please keep in mind that all of these activities will be subject to the weather and may need to be cancelled or replaced with another activity at the last minute due to unsafe conditions or lack of snow.

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is a long-standing winter activity, especially in the Northern parts of the continent. You may have heard about the annual Iditarod race each year that covers 1,000 miles of the Alaskan wilderness. Well, you don't need to go to Alaska to learn about this great activity. Join us to meet some local dog sledding experts and hear about how they prepare their teams for these races. 

Ice Climbing

Now this one is a real challenge! We will introduce you to the basics of this exciting sport, both the equipment necessary as well as the techniques needed to be successful. The availability of this activity will be very weather dependant.

Ice Fishing

Are you an avid fisherman? Are you discouraged because your favorite fishing holes are covered in ice? Well, come join us on our beautiful lake and learn how to fish all year round. Learn the proper techniques for luring those elusive fish hiding under the ice. Be sure to dress warmly since it can be very cold out on the lake, especially when the wind is blowing.

Ice Harvesting

“Crystal Products of the Frost King:” Ice Harvesting and the Natural Ice Industry in New England

The commercial harvesting of ice from New England’s ponds and lakes for export began in the first decade of the 19th century.  By the end of that century ice harvesting was the 9th largest industry in the United States employing tens of thousands of workers in New England alone and producing hundreds of thousands of tons of block ice annually.

Dennis Picard has been demonstrating the ice harvesting trade for more than twenty years at museums and environmental education centers.  He is also a frequent speaker on the ice industry for libraries, museums and universities. He will display some of his antique tools of that trade including several invented in Massachusetts.  He will share the interesting tale of this once massive enterprise that is now fading from our collective memory.  Picard also invites would-be ice harvesters to handle some of his antique implements, including a “pond saw” and the breaker bar.

Snow Shelters

While we generally think of snow as being cold, it actually provides some excellent insulation when constructed properly. Join us for this session which will teach you how to properly build a snow shelter so you can see exactly how warm this simple structure can keep you.

Snow Shoeing

With miles of trails available on the reservation, don't let the snow stop you from exploring the back portions of camp. If you have your own snow shoes, bring them along but if not, we will have shoes available for you to use at no extra cost. This is a great way to learn about this excellent winter activity that provides plenty of exercise.