Lakes, Ponds & Rivers


Firstly let’s just clarify that what we are about to discuss regarding the resurfacing of your lake rink, river rink or pond rink will be your decision and solely your decision and we take no responsibility for your actions to resurface your rink at any time or any place. The following is guidance based on ice that is 1 foot thick and based on weather conditions at the time of your flood resurfacing project that would support your travel to your ice rink site on pond, river or lake.

Basic water supplies on ponds, rivers and lakes are usually from below the ice. This can create a problem. The problems arises when the water temps below the ice are the same temps as the ice itself and are qualified below.

Air temperatures at single digit Fahrenheit or minus teen Centigrade is very very cold.

When you flood with this very cold water pumped from below the ice it sits on top of your ice rink surface and does not bond to the ice itself due to ultra cold temps. YES it will freeze but you need a bond to the existing ice surface to prevent shaling. Shaling is a separation of the new thin flood layer on top of the existing 1 foot thick ice. Shaling is caused by the skating action on your ice surface that has not bonded and ruts and grooves create a dangerous skating surface and becomes a major problem.  In our opinion it is not worth doing. There are 2 answers however. What do you do then? See below!

Answer 1. Wait till temps become mild if you are pumping your ice resurfacing water from below the skating surface. The cold water pumped from below will likely now bond to the existing ice surface. When the sun is shining the power to melt and warm is exceptional and the bond becomes real.

Answer 2. Use a hose and water supply from a well or from a tap in your cottage or home as most water drawn from below ground have temps above zero therefore allowing a natural bond to exist. Please note that if your are drawing water from the lake or river to the home and back to the rink this may not be ideal temps for proper ice resurfacing.


Regardless of your rink size the basic pond, river and lake resurfacing techniques are the same.


Air temperatures at single digit Fahrenheit or minus teen Centigrade is very cold and may not be conducive to successful ice rink resurfacing when using ultra cold water on ultra cold ice.



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