Upcoming and Recent Events

This listing includes events happening on Watchic Lake or in Standish. Many other regional events can found at the Maine Public Calendar of Events site. Some events are WLA sponsored, and others appear for the benefit of Watchic Lake users.

2024 Events

  • 5/18/2024 to 5/19/2024. PropSnapper RC airplane event at Kiwanis Beach. Questions contact Kiwanis at standishkiwanis@gmail.com. or Peter Pappas at PropSnappers. Not a WLA sponsored event.
  • 6/3/2024. Veterans Fishing Derby Fund Raiser. The Kiwanis is hosting Operation Ray of Light for a fishing derby on Watchic Lake Friday June 3. Boats should enter at the Hi-Vu boat launch and will be inspected by certified Maine Boat Inspectors for invasive plants. Not a WLA sponsored event.
  • 6/19/2024. WLA Social Event. Join us at Carr’s Family Restaurant (380 Pequawket Trail, Standish), for a chance to get to know your Watchic Lake neighbors Wednesday June 19 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to socialize with others on the lake, share experiences, and share a drink. Cash bar for full range of drinks. Non-alcoholic drinks available. This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • 6/21/2024. Maine Lakes and Lake Stewards of Maine Conference. The board and staff of Lake Stewards of Maine and Maine Lakes invite you to join them on the beautiful University of Maine Farmington campus for a full day of learning about the legacy and value of Maine’s lakes and ponds. Speakers and panels throughout the day will address a variety of topics around lake value and legacy, with many opportunities for networking with fellow lake advocates and connecting with those both near and far who share your passion for lake protection. Click here to register: https://lakeconferencemaine.org/ 
  • 7/6/2024. Watchic Lake Association Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on Saturday July 6 at 9:00 am to about 11:00 am. At the Standish Municipal Center (Town Hall). This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • 7/20/2024. The Annual Audubon Loon Count. Volunteers gather at 6:45 am to count the loons on the lake. If you have an hour to spare and would like to help with the count and meet your neighbors, please contact Kim Lajoie at kimj03229@aol.com..
  • 8/10/2024 (morning).  WLA Plant Inventory Day. Paddle with a Certified Invasive Plant Patroller to help gather and evaluate native and invasive plants in the lake. Learn more by contacting Stephanie Parker parker.stephanie@gmail.com
  • 8/11/2024. The Ice Cream Boat returns the afternoon of Sunday August 11. Listen for that lovely jingle! This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • August WLA Social Event – TBD
  • 9/6/2024 to 9/8/2024. South Shore Outboard Powerboat Races. [SSOPR Website notes as Tentative] Off Kiwanis Beach. Generally Friday is test runs. Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Contact 978 692 5224. Not a WLA sponsored event.
  • 9/15/2024. PropSnapper RC airplane event at Kiwanis Beach. Questions contact Kiwanis at standishkiwanis@gmail.com. or Peter Pappas at PropSnappers. Not a WLA sponsored event.

2023 Events

  • 9/16/2023 to 9/17/2023. PropSnapper RC airplane event at Kiwanis Beach. Questions contact Kiwanis at standishkiwanis@gmail.com. or Peter Pappas at PropSnappers. Not a WLA sponsored event.
  • 8/30/2023. Social Event – Outpost Bar and Grill. Join us at the Outpost Bar and Grill for a chance to get to know your Watchic Lake neighbors Wednesday August 30 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to socialize with others on the lake, share experiences, and share a drink. Cash bar for full range of drinks. Pizza’a will be provided. Non-alcoholic drinks available. This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • 8/20/2023. The Ice Cream Boat returns the afternoon of Sunday August 20. Listen for that lovely jingle! This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • 8/5/2023 (morning).  WLA Plant Inventory Day. Paddle with a Certified Invasive Plant Patroller to help gather and evaluate native and invasive plants in the lake. Learn more by contacting Steve Lajoie at steve03229@aol.com
  • 7/22/2023. Watchic Lake Dam Tour. Learn about the history of the dam, how it was rebuilt in 2007, and ongoing operations. The tour will be held on Saturday July 22 at 10:00 am. If coming by boat, please tie up on the shore (not at the dam). Please contact Owen Smith at omacsmith58@gmail.com to confirm your attendance. Owen can also provide pickup by boat or driving instructions to the dam.
  • 7/19/2023. Social Event – Outpost Bar and Grill. Join us at the Outpost Bar and Grill for a chance to get to know your Watchic Lake neighbors Wednesday July 19 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • 7/15/2023. The Annual Audubon Loon Count. Volunteers gather at 6:45 am to count the loons on the lake. If you have an hour to spare and would like to help with the count and meet your neighbors, please contact Kim Lajoie at kimj03229@aol.com..
  • 7/8/2023. Watchic Lake Association Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on Saturday July 8 at 9:00 am to about 11:00 am. Location Standish Town Hall. More details to follow. This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • July to September Camp Garden Tours – Tentative. Learn how properties around the lake have helped reduce runoff by proper plantings along the shoreline. Plus a chance to see other camps from the shore (not from the lake). Fill in our Contact Us page to sign up. WLA sponsored event.
  • 6/23/2023. Veterans Fishing Derby Fund Raiser. The Kiwanis is hosting Operation Ray of Light for a fishing derby on Watchic Lake Friday June 23. Boats should enter at the Hi-Vu boat launch and will be inspected by certified Maine Boat Inspectors for invasive plants. Not a WLA sponsored Event 
  • 6/14/2023. Social Event – Outpost Bar and Grill. Join us at the Outpost Bar and Grill for a chance to get to know your Watchic Lake neighbors Wednesday June 14 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to socialize with others on the lake, share experiences, and share a drink. Cash bar for full range of drinks. Pizza’a will be provided. Non-alcoholic drinks available. This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • 5/19/2023 to 5/21/2023. South Shore Outboard Powerboat Races. Off Kiwanis Beach. Generally Friday is test runs. Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Contact 978 692 5224. Not a WLA sponsored event.

2022 Events

  • 9/17/2022 to 9/18/2022. PropSnapper RC airplane event at Kiwanis Beach. Held jointly with Propsnappers of Portland ME. Questions contact Kiwanis at standishkiwanis@gmail.comNot a WLA sponsored event.
  • 9/9/2022 to 9/11/2022. South Shore Outboard Powerboat Races in conjunction with American Powerboat Association Races. Kiwanis Beach. Friday test runs. Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Questions contact Kiwanis at standishkiwanis@gmail.com. Not a WLA sponsored event.
  • 8/27/2022. Annual Watchic Lake Tie-Up. On the afternoon of August 27 at about 3:00 pm, keep eye out for a “tie-up” on the lake. Bring out your boat, kayak, canoe or giant unicorn and hang out with others on the lake. This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • 8/24/2022. Social Event. Join us Wednesday August 24 at 5:30 pm for our second gathering with Watchic Lake friends and neighbors at the newly reopened Outpost Bar and Grill (380 PequawketTrail). Cash bar. This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • 8/21/2022. The Ice Cream Boat returns the afternoon of Sunday August 21. Listen for that lovely jingle! This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • 8/20/2022 (morning).  WLA Plant Inventory Day. Paddle with a Certified Invasive Plant Patroller to help gather and evaluate native and invasive plants in the lake. Learn more by contacting Steve Lajoie at steve03229@aol.com
  • 8/13/2022. Camp Garden Tours and Shoreline Vegetation Workshops. Learn how properties around the lake have helped reduce runoff by proper plantings along the shoreline. Plus a chance to see other camps from the shore (not from the lake). Fill in our Contact Us page to sign up. WLA sponsored event.
  • 8/5/2022 to 8/6/2022. Town of Standish Summer Spectacular 2022, includes Party in the Park with fireworks, food, games and music on Friday evening, and full set of family friendly events all day Saturday. More info from Standish Rec here.
  • 7/20/2022. Social Event. Join us Wednesday July 20 at 5:30 pm for an informal gathering with Watchic Lake friends and neighbors at the newly reopened Outpost Bar and Grill (380 PequawketTrail). Cash bar. This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • 7/16/2022. The Annual Audubon Loon Count. Volunteers gather at 6:45 am to count the loons on the lake. If you have an hour to spare and would like to help with the count and meet your neighbors, please contact Kim Lajoie at kimj03229@aol.com..
  • 7/9/2022. Watchic Lake Association Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on Saturday July 9 at 9:00 am to about 11:00 am. At the Standish Municipal Center (Town Hall). More details to follow. This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • April to July 2022. Boating Safety Courses.  The WLA encourages you to attend one of the Maine State Approved Boating Courses. More information and how to register for these events can be found here: State of Maine Boating Safety Course.
  • 5/20/2022 to 5/22/2022. South Shore Outboard Powerboat Races. Off Kiwanis Beach. Generally Friday is test runs. Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Contact 978 692 5224. Not a WLA sponsored event.

2021 Events

  • 9/17/2021 to 9/19/2021. PropSnapper RC airplane event at Kiwanis Beach. Held jointly with Propsnappers of Portland ME. Questions contact Sarah at standishkiwanis@gmail.comNot a WLA sponsored event.
  • 9/10/2021 to 9/12/2021. South Shore Outboard Powerboat Races in conjunction with American Powerboat Association Races. Kiwanis Beach. Friday test runs. Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Questions contact Sarah at standishkiwanis@gmail.com. Not a WLA sponsored event.
  • 8/21/2021 (morning).  WLA Plant Inventory Day. Paddle with a Certified Invasive Plant Patroller to help gather and evaluate native and invasive plants in the lake. Learn more by contacting Steve Lajoie at steve03229@aol.com
  • 8/21/2021 (afternoon). Annual Watchic Lake Tie-Up. On the afternoon of August 21, keep eye out for a “tie-up” on the lake. Bring out your boat, kayak, canoe or giant unicorn and hang out with others on the lake. This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • 8/4/2021. WLA social event at the Outpost Restaurant, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Click or touch for event details. This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • 7/17/2021. The Annual Audubon Loon Count. Volunteers gather at 6:45 am to count the loons on the lake. If you have a hour to spare and would like help with the count and meet your neighbors, please contact Kim Lajoie at kimj03229@aol.com..
  • 7/10/2021. Watchic Lake Association Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on Saturday July 10, 2021 at 10:00 am via Zoom. Participation details will be posted here a few weeks before the event. This is a WLA sponsored event.
  • 6/19/2021. Boating Safety Course.  The WLA and the Town of Standish have partnered with the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to bring the Maine State Approved Boating Course to Standish. This is a WLA sponsored event. More and how to register can be found here: State of Maine Boating Safety Course.
  • 5/21/2021 to 5/23/2019. South Shore Outboard Powerboat Races. Off Kiwanis Beach. Generally Friday is test runs. Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Contact 978 692 5224. Not a WLA sponsored event.

2020 Events

  • August to November 2020. Route 113 Culvert Replacement and Road Closure.  Maine DOT contractors will remove the existing concrete structure on Rt 113 near Watchic Rd 19 and replace it with a new precast concrete wildlife-friendly culvert box. This section of Rt 113 will be closed/restricted during this period. More here.
  • 7/11/2020. Watchic Lake Association Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on Saturday July 11, 2020 at 10:00 am. Due to Covid-19 restrictions in the state of Maine, and for the safety of our members, the WLA will hold its annual meeting online.  More details will be provided here.
  • Cancelled Spring South Shore Outboard Powerboat Races at Kiwanis Beach. Not a WLA sponsored event.
  • Cancelled Spring PropSnapper RC airplane event at Kiwanis Beach. Not a WLA sponsored event.

2019 Events

  • 9/6/2019 to 9/8/2019. South Shore Outboard Powerboat Races in conjunction with American Powerboat Association Races. Kiwanis Beach. Friday test runs. Saturday 12:00 – 5:0o pm. Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Contact 978 692 5224. Not a WLA supported event.
  • 8/31/2019 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Watchic Lake Tie Up. Hook up your boat, canoe or yourself and meet your neighbors on the lake. Tie up location will be somewhere in the middle of the lake off Big Island. For more info contact Rick Wiggin at rcwiggin@earthlink.net
  • 8/10/2019 (morning).  WLA Plant Inventory Day. Paddle with a Certified Invasive Plant Patroller to help gather and evaluate native and invasive plants in the lake. Learn more by contacting Steve Lajoie at steve03229@aol.com
  • 8/2/2019 to 8/3/2019. Town of Standish Summer Spectacular 2019, includes Party in the Park with fireworks, food, games and music on Friday evening, and full set of family friendly events all day Saturday. More info from Standish Rec here.
  • 7/27/2019 about 1:00 pm. WLA Ice Cream Boat. The WLA will cruise the lake delivering free ice cream and answer any questions people have on the lake.
  • 7/6/2019. Watchic Lake Association Annual Meeting, Saturday July 6 starting at 9:00 am to about 11:00 am. At the Standish Municipal Center (Town Hall). More details to follow.
  • 5/17/2019 to 5/19/2019. South Shore Outboard Powerboat Races. Off Kiwanis Beach. Friday test runs. Saturday 12:00 – 5:0o pm. Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Contact 978 692 5224. Not a WLA supported event.
  • 5/4/2019 to 5/5/2019. PropSnapper RC airplane “Spring Fly Float event at Kiwanis Beach. Held jointly with Propsnappers of Portland ME. Not a WLA supported event.

2018 Events

  • 9/7/2018 to 9/9/2018. American Powerboat Association Races. Off Kiwanis Beach. Friday test runs. Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Contact 978 692 5224. Not WLA sponsored.
  • 8/18/2018 (morning).  WLA Plant Inventory Day. Paddle with a Certified Invasive Plant Patroller to help gather and evaluate native and invasive plants in the lake. Learn more by contacting Steve Lajoie at steve03229@aol.com
  • 8/11/2018 10:30 am to 12:00 pm “Loons of Maine and Watchic Lake”. Love the loons? Want to learn more about them and how you can protect them on your lake? Then please join us for a family friendly presentation and discussion led by Lee Attix, Director of the Loon Conservancy. Location Standish Town Hall, 175 Northeast Rd Standish, ME 04084. This event is free for Watchic Lake Association members, and $5 per family for non-members. For more information contact Steve Lajoie at steve03229@aol.com
  • 8/11/2018 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Watchic Lake Tie Up. Hook up your boat, canoe or yourself and meet your neighbors on the lake. Tie up location will be somewhere in the middle of the lake off Big Island. For more info contact Rick Wiggin at rcwiggin@earthlink.net
  • 7/21/2018 about 1:00 pm. WLA Ice Cream Boat. The WLA will cruise the lake delivering free ice cream and answer any questions people have on the lake.
  • 7/7/2018. Watchic Lake Association Annual Meeting, Morning of Saturday July 7 at the Standish Municipal Center (Town Hall). More details to follow.
  • 6/21/2018  to 6/23/2018. Standish Summer Spectacular 2018, Save the date info from the Town of Standish here. Rockin’ Lakeside Launch on June 21 (food trucks, games, rock wall and live music) 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Sebago Lake Public Boat Launch. Fireworks to be held at Standish Memorial Park on Friday June 2 and can be seen from the lake. Not WLA sponsored.
  • 5/18/2018 to 5/20/2018. American Powerboat Association Races. Off Kiwanis Beach. Friday test runs. Saturday 12:00 – 5:0o pm. Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Contact 978 692 5224. Not WLA sponsored.
  • 4/28/2018 to 4/29/2018. PropSnapper RC airplane “Spring Fly Float event at Kiwanis Beach. Held jointly with Propsnappers of Portland ME. Not WLA sponsored