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Paul Leeper to talk at Merryspring Tuesday Oct.20 Noon to 1:00PM

Posted on | October 13, 2016 | No Comments

Protecting the Megunticook Watershed with Paul Leeper

Paul Leeper, Executive Director of the Megunticook Watershed Association, will speak about how and why to monitor the water quality of the Megunticook watershed at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, October 18, at noon.

Leeper’s presentation will articulate why monitoring the water quality of the Megunticook watershed is important. With increasing development around the Megunticook river, Megunticook Lake, and Norton Pond, the clear and clean water is at risk of becoming cloudy, murky, and losing its environmental value. Leeper will explain how water quality is related to the health of fish and wildlife, outdoor recreation, and characteristics treasured in Maine waters and how ordinary citizens can protect it.

Leeper is Executive Director of the Megunticook Watershed Association.  He has been a consulting biologist in Maine for more than 30 years working on streams, lakes and wetlands throughout Maine.

This lecture is part of the Summer Talk series at Merryspring, sponsored by The First. Admission to Tuesday talks is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring.

Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program contact Merryspring 207-236-2239 or






Fall Colors

Posted on | October 13, 2016 | No Comments

Warden’s Report August

Posted on | September 2, 2016 | Comments Off on Warden’s Report August

Hello what a great summer, warm temperatures and blue skies!  The lake was busy most of the summer, weekends are the busiest but a couple of Thursdays were very busy also. On  many occasions over the summer the boat ramps  were very busy, cars lining both sides of the roads after the parking lots filled up. Please don’t leave car or truck on the ramp after you launch, move it to the parking lot.  It will be towed away if it’s blocking the operation of the launching area.
The water level on the lake is getting low; rain has been almost non-existent this summer, a few thunder showers now and then, a little bit of fog, but that’s about it. The water level on the lake held strong through most of July but August we have seen a large decline which now measures 18 – 20 inches below the pollen line of June. Hopefully we will catch up quickly this fall with some rainy weather.  The water temperature at the lake got up to 79 degrees and now as dropped to about 75. As the lake water cools the fishing should pick up. Fall is a great time  to fish, some of the best fishing of the year.
The Bay Chamber Concert on the lake was a huge success with everything from rowboats to big party barges. Kids, family, and friends swimming, eating, and just enjoying the show.  Thanks to everyone who came and those who missed it may have an opportunity if it returns next year
Have a great late summer, hope to see you on the water, be safe . Lake Warden Dale

PS Answer to the mystery sound?  Boy we got guesses covering almost all forms of life.  It was juvenile Barred Owls begging for food from Mom and Dad.  They had just learned to fly but still hung together and were receiving food from the parents.  Since then they have started “hooting”, more like caterwauling at each other.  The winner is…. Alleson Bixler!  You get a free MWA hat!

Here’s a link for more info on Barred Owls:

Free Lakefront Concert Aug 19 6PM!!

Posted on | August 13, 2016 | Comments Off on Free Lakefront Concert Aug 19 6PM!!

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Hey folks, now here’s something you don’t see everyday!

Bay Chamber Concerts, as part of their 2016 Screen Door Music Festival, is putting on a free lakefront concert next Friday at 6 PM!

Throbbing funk grooves, fiery Balkan brass, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party! NYC’s official #1 brass band for BalkanSoul GypsyFunk. SSP! has created an acoustic mash-up of Balkan and Gypsy sounds with North American music, weaving the gospel, techno, funk, dub, jazz, and Latin influences of New York’s neighborhoods. This 9-piece band will perform an unprecedented, free musical happening on Megunticook Lake. Put in at Bog Bridge or Gypsy Landing (Rt. 52) and use the following coordinates to locate the dock where the band will be playing.

44°14.71′ N 69° 6.01′ W    (the Battle’s place)

Because the show is WATER ACCESS ONLY, those without a watercraft may rent one via Maine Sport Outfitters; rentals must be arranged by noon by calling the Outdoor Programs Department at 236-8797 for pickup at the Bog Bridge on Route 105. Renters are asked to make arrangements for return of the watercraft at pick up time.

Here’s some links for more info:

So come on down, raft up, and let’s get dancin’!

Hope to see you all there!




Summer 16 Pictures

Posted on | August 4, 2016 | Comments Off on Summer 16 Pictures

Hey folks,

Here’s a few pics from around the watershed.  Have a nice photo you want to share?  Send it to me at!


Goats on Fang Island

Goats on Fang Island


The Big Bug Wade- Tomorrow, Sat. July 30 at 11:00 AM, Bog Bridge Boat Ramp

Posted on | July 29, 2016 | Comments Off on The Big Bug Wade- Tomorrow, Sat. July 30 at 11:00 AM, Bog Bridge Boat Ramp

Come on Down!

Aquatic Bug Wade- Bog Bridge Boat Ramp, Saturday, July 30 11:00 AM to Noon

Posted on | July 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Aquatic Bug Wade- Bog Bridge Boat Ramp, Saturday, July 30 11:00 AM to Noon

Paul Leeper, an aquatic biologist and Executive Director of the Megunticook Watershed Association will lead an Aquatic Bug Wade at the Bog Bridge boat ramp in Camden on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM to Noon.

Prepare to get wet so bring old sneakers or waders to wade in the water.  This is an event for the young and young at heart.  Children should be accompanied by an adult.

When you see a colorful dragonfly flitting through the air, do you realize you’re looking at a voracious killing machine? Did you know that some insects thrive in a lake or a pond for months or years as aquatic larvae, and then live for only a day after they leave the water as adults? How about that many beetles are actually scuba divers, taking their own air stores into the water?

Many insects that we see flying around water actually spend their juvenile stage under the water. Such insects include dragonflies, damselflies, mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, and whirligig beetles. The nymphs and adults often look nothing alike, but each can be identified by unique features such as tails, gills, and overall shape. Join us as Paul discusses the amazing adaptations of aquatic insects that help them survive in still water, low oxygen and drying shorelines.

Directions from Camden: Take Rt.105/Washington Str 2.9 miles west.  Ramp is past the intersection with Molyneaux Rd. Ramp is on left, parking on right

Photos © Jan Hamrsky

Dinner at the Hatchet Mountain Publick House Tomorrow!

Posted on | July 19, 2016 | Comments Off on Dinner at the Hatchet Mountain Publick House Tomorrow!

Evening folks,

Hope to see you tomorrow night at the the Hatchet Mountain Publick House. When you make your reservation mention the MWA and a portion of the proceeds goes to us! It will be a great time, meet your watershed neighbors and Board members.

Call (207) 763-4565 to make a reservation

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Please join us for dinner at the Hatchet Mountain Public House Weds. July 20th

Posted on | July 15, 2016 | Comments Off on Please join us for dinner at the Hatchet Mountain Public House Weds. July 20th

472237_320297974710780_908078986_oThe Hatchet Mountain Publick House Wednesday night fundraisers continue July 20th with a benefit for the Megunticook Watershed Association. Please mention us when making your reservation and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to help conserve the Watershed. Hope to see you there!

Annual Meeting Reminder

Posted on | July 10, 2016 | Comments Off on Annual Meeting Reminder

Don’t forget the Annual Meeting!  Tuesday July 12th at 7:00PM at Bishopswood.  The Public’s invited, see you all there!

Almost forgot, here’s some pics form the 4th of July Norton Pond Boat Parade. What a great time!

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Megunticook Watershed Association
P.O. Box 443, Camden, ME 04843
Paul Leeper
Executive Director


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The Megunticook Watershed Association (MWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of lakes, rivers and estuaries. Our organization and our members play an important role in keeping this wonderful resource available for recreation by locals and visitors to the midcoast region.