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.
The dam gates are closed, the water level is rising, and black flies are back. It’s almost summer.
Ice-out was Saturday, April 21, at 9 p.m., according to Bob Smart, who enlisted seven observers from around the lake this year to help pinpoint the date. It’s the fourth latest ice-out date since records have been kept for our lake. While Danforth Pond and other bodies of water in the area remain ice-covered, spring and warm temperatures are well on the way.