For the past 6 years we have been going up on small Fish Lake above New-Denver to harvest ice for a great German style event called Christmas by the Lake. We usually hope for 6 to 9 inches thickness. Its a bit early in the season but the best time to harvest is before there is snow on the ice, as the weight pushes the ice down and water comes back on top and its a big mess. This year was a great cold sunny day and the ice is fantastic. It makes for a great workout and good times with friends.The fellow beside me in the group photo is Armand Lange..vibrant organizer.