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KEOKA LAKE:  History of Our Life on Our Lake

 

It's almost here!  Over the past year we have put together a 400-page book of photos and stories of Keoka Lake.  We will be printing soon.  We will have the book available for pick at various locations starting in May.  To help us understand how many to order we hope you will pre-order.

The book is being sold at cost.  The price is $35 per copy.  If you would like to use a credit card we have added a payment option using PayPal.  We have added a $1.00 charge per book to cover the credit card fees (total of $36 per copy).  If you want to use the credit card option click the button below.  If you would like to send in a check (no $1.00 fee) please print this form to send with your check.  We are not offering shipping options at this time but will hold your books for pickup until Labor Day.

To read more about the making of the book and its contents click here.

Summer is coming!

Scroll for memories of past summers...

(Want to see your photo on the website?  Share it on our Instagram (@Keoka.Lake.Association) or Facebook (@Keoka-Lake-Association) sites.)

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Yoga Paddleboard

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14-6 Winding Trail Dogs

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Mick & NIck

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May Events

May 28 at 7:00 pm:  KLA Spring Board Meeting via Zoom

May 29 at 1:00 pm:  Installation of dock at Boat Ramp.  Volunteers requested.

Reminders
  • Boats registered out of state need to get a Lake & River Protection (Milfoil) Sticker from the Town Hall or online.

  • Buy KLA50 Seasons of Keoka Quilt raffle tickets.

  • Bridge work has begun on the Pennesseewassee Bridge (routes 117 & 118) in Norway.  Traffic will be restricted to one lane through October.

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June Events

June 1 at 6:30 pm:  Waterford Library All About Books Zoom event.  For more info go to WaterfordMaineLibrary.org.

Reminders
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July Events

July 10 at 8:30 am:  KLA Annual Meeting.  Details to follow.

Reminders
  • KLA50 celebration events have been postponed until next year.

  • Check the Waterford website for information on fireworks and Fourth of July events.

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Exciting News: Maine Fish Hatcheries

Governor Mills announced today that Maine’s hatcheries will be the recipient of nearly $20 million from the American Rescue Plan. The funds will be used to modernize two hatcheries, and install upgrades at all eight of the Department’s hatcheries.  Click here to read more about Maine's fish hatchery program.

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Maine Boater Safety Act

Local Representative Jessica Fay is sponsoring a bill (LD1663) that would increase safety on our lakes by requiring boater safety courses for anyone born after January 2002.

 

With the number of people on the water increasing, boater safety and education is becoming more and more important. Our neighbor to the west, New Hampshire, has long required that all boaters operating watercraft over 25 horsepower pass a boater safety course before going out on the water. We believe Representative Fay's bill is a step in the right direction, and LEA supports this bill. We will keep you informed as it moves through the legislature.

For more information on Maine boating safety click here.

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KLA50 Summer Event Postponed

Stay tuned for new dates and other KLA50 activities.

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Keoka Lake Book

The virtual Introduction to the new book - Keoka Lake -A History of Life on our Lake was a big success with over 70 participants.  Join the library's All About Books the first Tuesday of every month.  Check here to preview the topics.

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2021 Ice Out is Officially April 9

In the 80+ years that ice out records have been compiled (1938-2020) the midway point between the earliest Ice Out (March 23) and the latest (May 7) is April 15.  Our average Ice Out date is April 20.

 

This year there were six correct guesses and the winning ticket was from John Pendergast who donated his winnings back to the library. 

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KLA50 Quilt Raffle

This beautiful, queen-size quilt shows the seasons we enjoy on Keoka Lake.  It is being raffled off with the proceeds going to support our 50th anniversary events.  Click for the flyer describing the raffle and tickets that can be sent in along with your check.

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Loon Nest is Deployed

Andy Tabor reports: "I  deployed the loon nesting platform and the five loon warning buoys today.  I had a loon providing close supervision, after he harangued me all afternoon while I waited for the wind to die down slightly.  He was quite impatient about getting his place ready for occupancy; I told him “Two Weeks” but he wasn’t buying it…  Yikes, the water is COLD!"

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Invasive Species Alert!

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries sent out a new alert to home aquarium owners:

Invasive zebra mussels have been found in "moss balls,” an aquarium plant product sold in Maine. Moss balls are commonly sold under trade names such as “Betta Buddy.” Zebra mussels, which so far have not become established in Maine, are one of the most destructive invasive species in North America.


If you recently purchased moss balls, immediately destroy them using one of these methods:

  • Freeze - Place the moss ball into a sealable plastic bag and freeze for at least 24 hours.

  • Boil - Place the moss ball in boiling water for at least 1 full minute.

  • Bleach - Submerge the moss ball in chlorine bleach for 20 minutes.

  • After destroying the moss ball, DISPOSE of the moss ball and any of its packaging in a sealed plastic bag in the trash. Do not dump moss balls down drains or in waterways or gardens.

For more information go to:  Fish and Aquatic Conservation.  Keep our lakes safe!

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About

Keoka Lake Association (KLA) is a volunteer organization supported by those who love Keoka Lake, whether they be landowners along its shores, citizens/taxpayers in Waterford who use and treasure the lake or some for whom Keoka Lake holds a special place In their hearts. 

KLA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Why?

KLA is committed to keeping our lake beautiful for generations to come.  We need your help to educate and engage all who have the chance to enjoy it through programs, communication, and activities on water quality, wildlife, and invasives.

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Get Involved

Supported primarily by member dues, KLA is committed to maintaining the health and safety of Keoka Lake, especially in the face of the threat of invasives, both flora and fauna, and naturally-occurring and man-made environmental threats.  Join us and become a member and a volunteer.