The Ice Lakes in Rice Township is now a public recreation area for boaters and anglers where the search for the endangered northern cricket frog is delaying work to repair a pipe beneath the spillway of the upper lake. A century ago, however, the lakes were newly formed by businessmen who dammed a creek so they could harvest ice. In those days before refrigerators, horses plowed snow off the ice and then workmen scored and sawed ice into blocks, which they loaded into ice houses packed with sawdust and hay for insulation.
Philip Ruth wrote “A Look of Back at the Ice lakes of Rice Township” for the Cultural Heritage Research Services. To read more about the history of the Ice lakes, visit:

For more a look at people enjoying the Ice Lakes, the search for the frog and plans to replace the pipe, read the article in the WildLife Page of the Scranton Times, The Citizens’ Voice and the Standard-Speaker on Sunday.