2016 Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick Competition



Based on a wildly successful Alaskan tradition, the Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick is a fundraiser to support the Chautauqua Lake Association.  This fundraiser asks you to predict when a quadripod, placed on the ice at the Lawson Center in Bemus Point, NY, will fall into the lake in the spring. The winners with the closest guesses win cash prizes!

    1. The Grand Prize Winner will receive 25% of the entire jackpot! This could be $1000.00 to $5000.00 or more!
    2. The next five closest guesses will each receive 5% of the entire jackpot! This could be $100.00 to $1000.00 or more!
    3. The Chautauqua Lake Association will receive 50% of the entire jackpot to go towards lake maintenance and clean-up.


Whoever guesses the closest date and time (to the minute) when the ice pick falls through the ice will be declared the winner.  Each guess requires a $5 donation and can be made via credit card or by sending a check. Multiple guesses are encouraged to increase your odds of winning!

ice-pick-upThe Ice Pick itself consists of four stabilizer feet and a center pole or “pick.” For the Ice Pick to be officially declared sunken, the clock must stop or all four feet of the quadripod will be fully submerged. The Ice Pick will not be declared having fallen through the ice until the moment the clock stops or the fourth foot is through the ice and in the lake. For a list of past winners, click here.

If you are not interested in participating in the guessing, donations to the cause are very much appreciated.

The Chautauqua Lake Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to initiating and implementing in-lake management activities to protect and improve the quality of Chautauqua Lake. The CLA’s primary goal is to ensure the natural beauty, safety and utility of the lake as a recreational resource.

The contest begins when the CLA staff and volunteers place the ice pick onto the ice mid-winter.

Chautauqua Lake Ice Pick is now CLOSED. Thank you all for participating, good luck!

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