Fortunately, this year we saw a return to an old-fashioned Maine winter here at Moosehead Lake. At the start of the season, we were buried with snow and had storm after storm, making for excellent trail riding, skiing, snowshoeing. The lake froze in early January and the ice quickly grew to two feet! What a big change from 2016!
Last year we had a brown Christmas and the lake didn’t freeze until mid-January. There were some serious pressure ridges on the ice that blocked access to a great deal of lake for those on sleds and ATVs. In February the ice was only about 12” thick. The lake began to open up in mid-March and the official ice out date was April 23, 2016.
2017 has been a completely different winter experience. After a great start to the winter this year, our calendar filled up quickly! We had many more snowshoers and winter hikers visit than ever before! By mid-February we had nearly 3 feet of snow on the ground! In late February we had a week of unseasonably warm weather in the 40ºs that started to melt the snow, but the ice remained stayed strong and thick. The first two Saturdays in March saw crazy windchills that brought temperatures down to -33ºF! With this weather and two feet of solid ice, we knew ice out was going to most likely stretch into May. The spring weather never quite came with temperatures staying in the 40s and low 50s, With the help of lots of wind, the lake quickly began to ice out on April 29th. The official ice out for the 2017 winter was May 1st at 5:30AM, much earlier than many predicted.
As the seasons change, the Tomhegan calendar is filling up quickly. Book your summer stay today! The lake will be ready for swimming in no time!