Freedom—January 5, 2023—So far, this has been the warmest fall and winter on the lake since we moved here in the spring of 1997.
The lake level was drawn down to almost 404′ (as planned} by early December, and remained there until mid month. The river flow to the Maine electric generators went dry. Then in mid-December, with mild temperatures, the rain and snow arrived and have continued in 2023.
The lake is full of floating ice but does not have a solid ice cover. On some cold mornings there will be a thin skin of ice between cakes of ice. This skin will melt by 10 a.m.
The lake level got up to almost 409′ by end of December and will come back down to near 404′ before spring. This has allowed the generator in Maine to again produce electricity (there is no legal requirement to do this, but I like to see the additional good coming from our lake).
Think spring and all ice gone by mid-April.