Green Lake Ice Yacht Club

08 Jan, 2015

To some, it may be unknown that Green Lake area lakes are seeing much more action than just ice fishing this winter. Have you ever heard of ice boating?

According to, “an ice boat is a hull attached to a perpendicular cross piece called a runner plank. Three skates, or runners, are attached to the boat, one on each end of the plank and at the fore end of the hull. Ice boats are strictly wind powered and need relatively snow-free ice to sail.”


Photo Credit: Green Lake Ice Yacht Club Facebook

Simply put, ice boating looks similar to a sail-boat-like structure gliding across frozen bodies of water.

It just so happens that Green Lake has its very own Green Lake Ice Yacht Club – a club with a 100-year history of iceboating on Green Lake. Club members participate in different classes of ice boating, ranging from DN’s, Skeeters and Renegades to Nites and Sternsteerers. gives a wonderful explanation of ice boat classes as well as a detailed history of ice yachting in Madison, Wisconsin – dating back to the 1800s!

While Big Green Lake itself has yet to freeze over, the Green Lake Ice Yacht Club has been ice boating for almost a month and a half now on Lake Puckaway, located in Montello, Wisconsin, just under 30 minutes from Green Lake.

If you want to catch a glimpse of this “hard water sailing,” photos and videos can be found on the Green Lake Ice Yacht Club Facebook page.

Below, we shared a video by YouTube user Michael Gustavson show captured video of ice boating on Green Lake two winters ago.

Smooth sailing to all!

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