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Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Posted on | March 17, 2015 | Comments Off

If for nothing else, I like St. Paddy’s Day because of the Kelly Green.

There’s not a whole lot of green happening around the watershed in March.

However, Lake Warden Justin reports some open water around the Little Fang Islands, so please be cautious if you venture in that direction. The water levels are low which causes the rocks to be exposed. The sun beats down on them they warm up and melt the ice around them. So be careful out there and let’s take it as a sign of spring!

A few other items:

Go to our website for a list of upcoming events: These include the Penobscot Bay Stewards program offered by Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition. deadline for applications are April 1. the application and more info are on our website.

We also posted some more critter cam shots on the website!

We measured the amount of water in the snowpack last week and relayed that info to the United States Geologic survey and the town of Camden’s Dam Agent. The watershed is averaging 7.4″ of water in the snowpack. We haven’t had that much at this time of the year in over a decade. To put that in perspective, imagine we had a 3 day rain storm during the summer with a total of 7″ of rain. That would be one heck of a gully washer! So, to reduce the chance of flooding, let’s hope for a nice gradual snowmelt with no warm rainstorms.

Finally, don’t forget to put an entry in for this year’s “Ice Out Contest”. Send your educated guesses to or P.O. Box 443, Camden ME 04843. It could be a tough year to call. So far Justin has received guesses ranging from April 18th to May 1st.



Critter Cam Pics

Posted on | March 5, 2015 | Comments Off


Posted on | March 5, 2015 | Comments Off

Warden’s Report

Heat Wave!

Yesterday’s temperatures really started to get the blood pumping, kinda makes me think that there is such a thing as Spring and that it might actually make it’s way here at some point.  I have moved more snow and logged more hours behind a shovel this year then any year I can remember.  BUT….there are only 16 more days until Spring is here (so my calender says) and this week-end Daylight Saving Time begins.

     Keeping the snowmobile dug out and ready to go at a moments notice has proven to be a full time job as well but I have been able to get out and put a few miles on.  I have been working with Warden Merrifield this year in an attempt to buckle down on ice shacks that are not properly posted with the owner’s name and address.  To date, there is one on Megunticook and one on Norton that are in violation, each of these have been photographed and I have even left a nice friendly reminder note in each one advising the owner of the violation.  I am in hopes that the owners will comply on their own and hope even more that the shacks will not need to be removed with the boat.
     The “Critter Cam” is more active then ever and I think the deer can feel the change in the air.   Just about every time I am out on the sled I can see deer moving across the lake or around the shore lines.  Last weeks “Critter Cam” pictures provided 1,818 pictures in just six days, I think I have it in a good spot.
     Tuesday night’s storm left us with a small amount of snow but that snow was heavy and wet. With warmer weather (hopefully) coming our way, existing snow will be getting heavier and more packed.  For any of you who have not had the time or the means to clean the snow off your camp/cottage yet, now may be the time to try to make arrangements to get this done.  Luckily most of our storms have brought light fluffy snow, but a bunch of it. If we start to put some of this heavy wet snow on top of that it might be the “straw that breaks that camel’s back”.
     The “Ice Out” contest is out and is posted on our web page,  on our Facebook page, and in the paper as well.  The entries have already started to pour in with guesses ranging from March to May……This year there is a very generous prize for both first and second place so don’t forget to post your guess to “” , pick the day AND the time ice will go out and win a prize.  I will also be calling the date for “Ice Out” on Chickie as well, where there will be a prize given  (offered by the newspaper).
     On Sunday, March 8th the Knox County Fish And Game Association will be hosting their annual Ice Fishing Derby.  This will be held at Beaver Lodge in Hope.  For more information check out their web page.
Start preparing yourself for mud.


Ice- Out Contest!

Posted on | February 27, 2015 | Comments Off

Megunticook Lake Ice-Out Contest
The Megunticook Lake Watershed Association is once again sponsoring an “Ice Out” contest. The person who guesses closest to date and time the ice goes out on Megunticook Lake will win a $100.00 gift certificate from The Hatchet Mountain Publick House restaurant in Hope and a year’s subscription to the Camden Herald. The Second best guess prize is a $50.00 gift certificate from Maine Sport. “Ice Out” is called when a boat can navigate in open water from the outlet dams to the Ken Bailey Bridge where Norton Pond empties into the lake. Contestants can send their entries to or P.O. Box 443, Camden ME 04843. It is suggested that entries be in before midnight March 22, 2015; but if you are a gambling sort we will accept entries up to 24 hours from the Ice-Out time. Please, one entry per person. Our Lake Warden, Justin Twitchell, will call “Ice Out”. When sending your entry please include your full name and contact number. Good Luck!

Here’s a list of Ice-Out dates and times and a few pics from Maiden’s Cliff in 2013 just before the big day.

19808-Apr199720-Apr(11:20 a.m.)
198130-Mar199831-Mar(12:30 p.m.)
198220-Apr199930-Mar(4:22 p.m.)
19836-Apr20001-Apr(6:25 p.m.)
198420-Apr200125-Apr(5:38 a.m.)
19854-Apr200229-Mar(10:45 a.m.)
19866-Apr200320-Apr(3:00 p.m.)
198713-Apr200417-Apr(12:35 p.m.)
19889-Apr200514-Apr(4:00 p.m.)
198913-Apr200628-Mar(5:30 p.m.)
19907-Apr200724-Apr(11:45 a.m.)
19916-Apr200817-Apr(6:34 p.m.)
199221-Apr(4:30 p.m.)200913-Apr(2:40 p.m.)
199323-Apr(8:15 a.m.)201019-Mar(5:02 p.m.)
199416-Apr(10:44 a.m.)201114-Apr(9:50 a.m.)
19953-Apr(6:05 p.m.)201219-Mar(1:25 p.m.)
199612-Apr(7:50 p.m.)201310-Apr(4:55 P.M.)
201415-Apr(9:55 A.M.)

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Posted on | February 19, 2015 | Comments Off

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Warden’s Report Feb.18, 2015

Posted on | February 19, 2015 | Comments Off

On Saturday I placed the “Critter Cam” back out, new location, same area. I checked it on Monday and found that I had 591 pictures. I checked it again this morning (02/18) to find that I had an additional 531 pictures. In these pictures you can see some of the aggression the deer are showing towards each other just trying to survive the winter.

Snow, snow, and more snow

Posted on | February 6, 2015 | Comments Off

Here’s a bunch of pics from around the watershed during our current snowy stretch. The Lincolnville FD training in the river…Brrrr! Some critter cam pics from before the snow got so deep it covered the camera, and some great pics out on Megunticook after the storm (Thanks Wendy W.!)

More Critter Cam!

Posted on | January 27, 2015 | Comments Off

Here’s some more critter cam pics for your viewing pleasure!

Lions & Tigers & Bears? Nope..Coons, Coyotes, Deer, and Fox!

Posted on | January 3, 2015 | Comments Off

Coon’s, Coyotes, Fox and Deer bringing in the new year.
I reset this camera on December 28th, on January 1st I had 525 pictures.  Attached are just a few, enjoy


Posted on | January 3, 2015 | Comments Off

Warden’s Report from Justin:

Yesterday marked the last day of 2014, I want to thank all of you for your continued support throughout the past year.  There were many great memories and friendships made and I look forward to another great year ahead in 2015.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families and will ha a safe and happy New Year.  December’s weather made it hard to get into the Christmas spirit but the last couple of days have made me realize that maybe the weather wasn’t really that bad.
This recent cold snap has finally started to make some ice that just might decide to stick around for a little bit.  January 1st marks the first day of ice fishing in Megunticook and Norton and I pray that everyone uses their judgment when thinking about venturing out on to any ice that we may have.  Yesterday morning Norton pond was completely frozen over and I was able to walk out onto the ice a couple feet off shore.  This made me more worried then happy as I suspect there will be a few brave hearts out there that will take this inch and stretch it a mile to get out there and try their hand at some ice fishing.  Please, Please be safe and check the ice before making any attempt on going out.
Most of the northern end of Megunticook has a thin layer of ice but the southern end is still open in many areas; Hobbs pond still has some open water, along with Hosmer.  Moody pond was completely frozen over as was Norton.  I suspect in the near future I will be posting the official “ice in” dates for all local bodies of water.
Attached is a picture of a couple of brave souls that were out fishing on Monday (12/29), getting that last action in before the open water season ended.  It is legal to open water fish Megunticook and Norton until December 31st as long as you are using artificial bait and release any trout caught.  Attached is another image from the following day……..these guys just barely got it in.
I will keep you updated on our ice conditions, please understand that the ice is not yet safe and I am recommending that you do not try to venture out on it just yet.  Be patient……it will be here very soon.
Happy New Year


P.S. Here are some more Critter Cam pics, enjoy!

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


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