As of 10 minutes ago, Ossipee Lake is back to the summer level of 407.25, just as scheduled.
This year’s ice-out was at 7 p.m. last night, April 26. This the second year I have established the date after Ossipee’s Parks and Recreation Department discontinued the long-standing practice. Winter is over. Black fly season is in the wings.
Looking for signs of spring? Keep looking. There’s still a lot of snow on the ground and a solid ice sheet on the lake. But that could change quickly.
October typically has good weather for boating, and the state has slightly delayed the start of the drawdown process for this year. But keep your eye on the water level. By the end of the month it may be difficult to remove boats and docks in some places.
Bob Smart has written often about the Ossipee River Dam, including this newsletter article from 2004 about the dam’s history and how it’s operated. This is one of a number of articles we’ll be reposting in advance of the state’s presentation on how it plans to rebuild the dam next year. That public presentation will be August 25 in Freedom Town Hall at 10 a.m.