During the summer, WLA members raised concerns about wakesurfing on the lake, and the potential risk to lake users, wildlife (e.g. swamping loon nests), and shoreland property from the large waves (over 3 feet). Although the wakesurfing is generally happening at slow speeds near the center of the lake, waves created have disrupted kayakers and damaged docks. In response to these comments, the WLA contacted the Maine Lakes Society and found that wakesurfing is a growing concern on many Maine lakes as the large waves not only disrupt surface activities, but also scour up lake bottom sediment increasing phosphorus release into the water (thus creating more algal blooms). See Maine Lakes Society Wake Surfing Webinar. And with assistance from the Kezar Lake Association, we created this “Watchic Lake Wake Wise” brochure.
To reduce bottom sediment scouring, ensure kayaker/canoer safety, protect wildlife, and protect shoreland, the Maine Lake Society recommends:
- In general, the no wake zone on Watchic and all Maine lakes is 200 feet from shore.
- For wakesurfing (generally over 3 foot waves) – operate 500 or more feet from shore
- For wakeboarding and slow tubing (generally 2-3 foot waves) – operate 300 or more feet from the shore
- For the above activities, operate in waters over 20 feet deep
For the health of the lake and the safety of lake users, please understand and do your best to follow to the MLS guidelines.