New Ice

While everyone is focused on the Pushaw Fantasia…..

Everything else at home is freezing up.

Chickawaukee closed over New Year’s Eve with one or two holes toward SE corner as usual. 2 1/2 inches of lovely ice at Lloyd’s end for about 1/4 mile then thinning out to 1 1/2 with thinner 1 inch spots. Skated New Year’s morning out to the 1 inch stuff, marked with spruce branch.

Went on an ice drive by New Year”s afternoon. South Pond looks closed in, nice surface. Ditto Pemaquid Pond both at Rte 1 end and at launch ramp.

Damariscotta from several views up East Pond Rd. looked all closed in. From Damariscotta Farm road an open area could be seen off toward the state park.

Photo of Great Bay, Damariscotta courtesy of Dave Lampton.

Clary Pond has been mostly frozen for some time with a large open area west of the usual pressure ridge at the end of the narrow bay the ramp is on. This looked a bit messy from the road, probably now frozen.

Ice fishermen reported on ice at Bog Bridge on Megunticook.

Being forever optimistic, perhaps the snow forecast Saturday will get watered down by the forecast Sunday rain on these near coastal ice sheets to be firmed up and thickened by forecast cold weather early next week.

In the meantime we push off for Pushaw first thing tomorrow, Friday.

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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