Freedom—November 20, 2020—Ossipee Lake should be about five weeks from total ice cover, and about five months from total ice-out in early April, 2021.
The good news is that there is no ice so far this year, except the dog’s outside water bowl has been ice-covered each morning for the last two days. My grandson beached and flipped over his rowboat for the last time earlier this week. He could no longer power through to the big lake because of low water.
I talked with the people in Concord this morning. Work continues on the removal of the old north side dam and sand bank level of 405′. The lake level has been down to about 404.2′ for the past several weeks, but jumped up a few inches because of recent rain.
The winter level plan is 404.2′, and for now is being regulated by the old south side dam with manual gates constructed by the Maine Power Company in the late 1800s. This is the same procedure used for final winter drawdown ever since.
The north side “Berry Bay” dam on the “Great Ossipee River” has a shore height of 405′ that will be lowered as part of the new dam project.