Posts by Paul McNulty

Are you missing a paddleboat?

On June 18th, this paddleboat washed up on shore on the northeast end of the lake, well down the Page Brook inlet. Let us know via our Contact Us form if the boat is yours and we’ll arrange for you to pick it up.
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New Loon Nesting Raft at Paine Brook

As many Watchic Lake residents are aware there have not been any loon chicks at the Paine Brook (south) end of the lake since 2018. The WLA Environmental Committee and Lee Attix of Loon Conservation Associates believes this is because the traditional nesting site in the Paine Brook inlet was washed out a few years back.  Working with Lee Attix, the WLA was able to secure one of the prototypes for a new loon nesting raft design developed by volunteers
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Boating Safety Course June 19

June 19, 2021, 8am – 3pm, Kiwanis Beach Club (outside, under canopies) State of Maine Boating Safety Course – Sponsored by the WLA With ever increasing numbers of boaters on Maine lakes in everything from canoes to paddle boats to outboards, understanding safe and courteous watercraft use helps make all lakes, including Watchic Lake a safer and more environmentally friendly place to be. The WLA and the Town of Standish have partnered with the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to
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Upcoming and Recent Events

This listing includes events and happening on Watchic Lake. Many other regional events can found at the Maine Today calendar site. Some events are WLA sponsored, and others appear for the benefit of Watchic Lake users. 2021 Events 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. 
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Living with Loons… Back after Ice-out

Watchic Lake is fortunate to have one or two loon families on the lake each year (specifically “Common Loons”). After spending the winter on the Maine coast, they have already arrived shortly after ice out, They generally nest on one of the islands or in the swamp. Each year they parade their chicks for us to enjoy. Maine Audubon provides a wonderful poster on how to live with loons. You can find it here: Living in Loon Territory. Check it
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Dam closed March 27… Spring and summer is on the way!

The dam functioned flawlessly over the past winter. This year the dam was closed March 27, 2021 shortly after ice out on March 27 (which is one of the earlier ice-out dates we have seen). There has been little rain recently, and little is forecast for the middle of April, so the raising the lake to the summer full pond level may take two to four weeks, depending on the weather. As a reminder, to address seasonal changes the dam
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URGENT – Attention Maine Aquarium Owners

Invasive zebra mussels – Destroy! Do Not Dump. Zebra mussels have been found in “moss balls,” an aquarium plant product sold in Maine. Moss balls are commonly sold under trade names such as “Betta Buddy.” Zebra mussels, which so far have not become established in Maine, are one of the most destructive invasive species in North America. Zebra mussels can quickly take over once they get established in a waterbody and cause significant damage including disrupting the food chain, changing
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Winter Time on Watchic Lake – from the Sky

Many of us do not have a chance to experience Watchic Lake during the winter, and certainly not from thousands of feet in the air. The photos below give sense of how precious our lake is, and how life continues on the lake…even in the winter time. Click on any image to start the slide show. Compliments and thanks to Kyle Damon of Damon Aerial Imagery for these beautiful photos of Watchic Lake.
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Latest Info from Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

2021 Fishing Laws Available Online Being a responsible user of the Maine outdoors means staying informed of, and complying with, the current laws and rules. It’s easy, just touch or click 2021 Maine Inland Fishing Laws to download the booklet. New ways to find the special fishing laws Want to check to see if a waterbody has special fishing laws? Check the Maine IFW website for an easy to use searchable database of special fishing laws. You can search for
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Watchic Lake Assoc. Secures Large Grant from Maine DEP and US EPA

In late 2020, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency approved our application for funds to improve Watchic Lake water quality by reducing polluted runoff into the lake. This is great news for the lake and for property owners wishing to leverage federal funds to improve their property. This matching grant is designed to support two town culvert improvements, three road association improvements, and about six residential property improvements. This grant encompasses work totaling $124,434,
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