Archives for Announcements

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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Helpful Covid-19 Info for Lake Users

This information is being provided by the Maine Lake Society to help folks plan for their visits to the lake. There are no guidelines specific for our lake – we encourage all lake users to stay informed of Maine and Standish guidelines as we all navigate these unusual times. From the Maine Lakes Society: Welcome Back to the Lake! To protect your safety and ease your move to camp, we’re offering these navigation aids for smooth sailing in this uncommon
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Spring 2020 Dam Closing

This year the dam was closed on March 26 (shortly after ice out). We close the dam to raise the lake to the summer full pond level. Full pond will be reached in about two to three weeks depending on the weather. Ice out occurred on about March 23 this year, a bit earlier than previous years (see all dates). As a reminder, to address seasonal changes, the dam gate is opened to lower the water level on about October
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2019 Water Quality Report Available

During 2019, the water quality of Watchic Lake remains good and is substantially unchanged from data collected over the previous 3 years (2016-2018). While water quality is good today, Watchic Lake remains at risk over the long term. Nutrient laden run-off from storms (especially mega-storms) can enter the watershed and lake causing negative changes in the lake’s water quality. Please click or touch for the Full 2019 Water Quality Report or visit our complete water quality page.
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Reminder Fall 2019 Dam Opening – Columbus Day

Its that time of year again… the dam gate will be opened on about Columbus Day, Monday October 14, 2019 for the winter. Following the opening, the lake level will go down to its winter level (about 18 inches below full pond) over the course of about two to four weeks (depending in part on rainfall). Lowering the lake level protects our shoreline from winter ice damage. Plan your boat and dock removal accordingly. Except in extreme weather situations, we
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Volunteers Monitoring Water Quality 2019

The water quality committee has completed a mid-summer water quality report which you can read here: 2019 mid-summer report. Also more information can be found in the Water Quality section of this website. In summary, the water quality committee has been out on the lake about 10 times this season checking the water quality.  You may have noticed that the water clarity is lower than usual. Water clarity can change for several reasons. This year one big influencer of lower
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Lets Keep Out Invasive Plants!

We are fortunate that Watchic Lake has not experienced invasive plants such as variable leaf milfoil or Eurasian watermilfoil. Lets keep it that way! Always remove all plants from your canoe, kayak, boat, trailer, oars/paddles, fishing gear and anchor when going in and out of a body of water. Dispose of any plants in the trash – not onto the ground. Let your watercraft dry. More details can be found in State of Maine Courtesy Boat Inspector Handbook.  Before bringing your watercraft
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2018 Water Quality Report Available

We have completed our 2018 water quality report for Watchic Lake and its tributaries. This report also includes a summary of water quality over the past three years. In summary, the report states that while water quality is good today, nutrients entering the lake continue to pose long term risks to water quality, and thus quality of life.  The message in the report is clear – as property owners and interested stakeholders, we must work to address increasing runoff into the
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