Yesterday on my way home from Lewiston I saw a Turkey Vulture, a sure, ‘tho ugly, sign that spring is near. Judging by Warden Dale’s photos our recent warm weather has started the spring melt. Last year at this time we had a similar melt but then winter returned and Ice Out wasn’t until April 12th. In 2016 Ice Out was a month earlier on March 11th. So maybe that vulture knows something I don’t, or maybe it’s just lost. That brings us to our annual contest:
The Megunticook Lake Watershed Association is once again sponsoring our “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 Maine Sport and a year’s subscription to the Camden Herald. The second best guess prize is a $50.00 gift certificate from Viking Lumber with area stores in Lincolnville, Warren, and Belfast.
“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 LakeWarden@Megunticook.org or P.O. Box 443, Camden ME 04843.
When sending your entry please include your full name and contact number. Get your entries in as soon as possible, after our recent warm-up the ice might not last long this year. 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, Dale Dougherty, will call “Ice Out”.
Here’s a list of recent Ice Outs