Archives for Announcements

New – WLA Online Store – Support the Lake!

The WLA has begun an online store filled with Watchic Lake (and other Maine Lake) gifts, clothing, and memorabilia. This site is hosted by the well known and trusted Etsy online retail site. Profits are exclusively for the benefit of the Watchic Lake Association. A sampling of products can be found here at the WLA Online Store. Find all our products here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lakelifemarket
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Route 113 Closure – New Date Starts September 8

New Date – starting September 8 (day after Labor Day) Route 113 (Pequawket Trail) will be closed for 28 days as contractors remove the existing concrete structure near Watchic Rd 19 and replace it with a new precast concrete wildlife-friendly culvert box. They will also replace the guardrail on the approaches. As of July 24, detour signs are installed and covered. They will be uncovered prior to closing the road on September 8. Message boards are in place notifying the
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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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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. 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
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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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Hannaford Helps the WLA – Again!

The Watchic Lake Association has been selected again to be a part of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program during the month of January 2020. We hope we can count on you to buy your first, or a few more of the Hannaford Community Reusable Bags during the month of January at the Hannaford store located in Standish. For each environmentally friendly bag sold during January the WLA will receive $1. Thank you so much for your continued support of
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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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