Late Ice Damariscotta/Chickawaukee

Don’t worry about Chicky ice, you can’t get on it. The lake rose 10 inches with last 1 inch rain and snow melt and the main plate of ice is further than a plank off shore, some of it stuck to the bottom at the near edge. I was told that the lake was covered with water this morning, that has all gone, down through the ice, bad sign.

However spy Scott Woodman reports at noon Wednesday that he was able to get on the ice at the Farm launch ramp. He walked out a way and found 2-3 inches of loose pencil ice on top and more than a foot of punky ice under that. He did not chop through as the hole kept filling up from underneath. The texture did change as he went down to somewhat firmer but not transparent old black ice any more.
Will this hold until cold nights starting Thursday through Sunday keep things stiff enough to sail on? The end is near and we should be very careful, we had a great second week of March, the third week may be a stretch.


About Lloyd Roberts

Long time ice boater. Creator of the Gambit and Cheapskate boats. Author of the first definitive book on ice boating "Think Ice"One of the original members of the Chickawaukie ice boat club in Maine. Lloyd also lives on Chickawaukie and has played launch host to countless ice boaters over the years.
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