Alton Bay Ice Runway

Once the ice is thick enough in Alton Boy on Lake Winnipesaukee, they plow a runway for small private planes to land. I went up on Sunday of last weekend. With good weather, there were landings every few minutes. Alton Bay is surrounded by local restaurants. The pilots fly in, have a good meal, socialize, and then fly back home. It’s something to see.

21 thoughts on “Alton Bay Ice Runway

  1. photobyjohnbo

    This is right up my alley! In our neck of the woods, there isn’t much winter flying, but those Minnesota lakes are pretty busy on the weekends with float planes. Always fun to watch, and occasionally I get to fly a friend’s Piper Cub on floats.

  2. Kirt D Tisdale

    Great captures and I am blown away with the whole thing. I would freak as a passenger on them as I would visualize the ice breaking. Guess that comes from living away from a real 4 season climate for so many years:)…..great post!!

  3. dunelight

    omg..I LOVE this. It puts me in mind of the iceboats of Muskegon.
    We have one local float plane. I’d like more but we do have a major airport close to the lake so that may be a factor. I really don’t know.

    I love places that accept and celebrate winter.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you. It was a thrill to go and see this. They get float planes in summer but not nearly the volume. You have to embrace winter or else it’s just a chore.


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