Freedom—March 29, 2020—The lake level has been unusually high all winter and took a jump to just a few inches under the summer level of 407.25 feet ten days ago.
There continues to be a solid sheet of snow-covered ice on Broad Bay. The level today is down about 10 inches and continues to drop.
We have 3-5′ snow banks on both sides of most roads, and new snow about once a week. If history repeats, there should be a slow melt and discharge into the lake for another two weeks.
Looking back over the last ten years, “ice-out” has been in mid- to late-April, with last year being April 26.
Note: Ossipee Lake’s ice-out is declared when no ice remains on the lake or bays, while Winnipesaukee’s ice-out is when the Mt. Washington can go through the ice to reach all five docks of its normal travel. Usually that’s a week before Ossipee’s ice-out.
Bob Smart (and family)