We are now at 34.0 which is considered “full lake” and the spillway (built by the town who owns the dam) has 2 inches of water flowing over it. I believe that everyone who likes high water should be happy because it is as high as it can go. The dam operator and Mother Nature have done their job!During Memorial Day Weekend, it rained quite a bit and then it was cool (which doesn’t make for much evaporation) and then there has been a “wet spell”. Temperatures again in the 50s and 60s with rain, not hard but rather constant. It has totaled an inch or so thus far and it is still coming down. There was more rain on the 12th and this put us “over the top” of the dam. If you were waiting to pay your Lake Wentworth Association dues until the lake was full, you should send in your money now. Those dues don’t pay Mother Nature to rain and fill the lake but your dues do help pay for a lot of work to protect our lake from Milfoil and other invasives. While the milfoil is only found in small areas, it expands quickly if not dealt with and it is not something you want on your shore! Likewise, LWA, through the Lake Host program, helps keep milfoil and other invasives out such as Zebra mussels and Asian clams. The Lake Host program educates and supervises boaters and helps to preserve our lake.
As you go out on the lake, realize that the buoys may have shifted during the winter with the ice pulling them off their normal spots so you need to be careful as you navigate even with a nearly full lake. One rock hit by a prop is one rock too many. The state water level schedule is given below:
The state of New Hampshire requires the town of Wolfeboro to operate the dam in accordance with the following schedule and it seems to be working:
- From June 15 to Labor Day, the water level is to be at 34.20 on the gauge but not below 32.70 on the gauge, with the variation being permissible to allow for evaporation and/or below average rainfall.
- By Columbus Day the water level is to have been decreased to 33.20 on the gauge, and by December 15 is to have been further decreased to 32.20 on the gauge.
- From December 15 to April 15, the water level is to be maintained at 32.20 on the gauge.
- From April 15 to June 15, the water level is to be increased from 32.20 on the gauge to 34.20 on the gauge, with frequent inspections by the owner to control discharge to prevent damage due to high water.
- At all times care is to be exercised to prevent water from flowing over the permanent crest of the dam.
- Once every five years beginning on September 10, 1993, the water level is to be drawn down to 30.70 on the gauge by the following October 10 and held at that level until the following November 10 to permit repairs to lake shore properties and installations.
- During periods of drought or flooding, the level of Lake Wentworth/Crescent Lake may fall below or extend above the limits set forth in the state order. These conditions are considered to be natural occurrences and are not to be attributed to the dam owner.