Around the Watershed

Loon count finds two chicks

More than a dozen volunteers set out on July 15 for the annual Loon Census, coordinated by the Loon Preservation Committee.

For the survey, Lake Wentworth is divided into nine sections, while Crescent Lake is a separate area. For the first time, however, there was not 100% participation from those who had volunteered. This left one section unchecked. Even so there were loons observed in every section, probably for the first time.

Observers reported 20 adult loons and two chicks, as well as  one loon on a nest. A couple of days after the census, a single loon chick hatched from the nest on Brummet Island. Also one adult loon was observed in Crescent Lake. Maybe some year we will have a nesting there.

The final count and tally sheets have been forwarded to the Loon Preservation Committee, to be incorporated in the statewide count.

Annual Camp Dinner nears


It's just abut time for the annual Camp Dinner at Camp Bernadette on the shore of Lake Wentworth. Long a joint effort of the Lake Wentworth Association and the Lake Wentworth Foundation, the event is being carried on by the newly formed Wentworth Watershed Association.

The event, which features a buffet-style meal, is open to everyone.

Price of admission is $33 per person, with attendees bringing their own beverages.

For reservations, email Susan Goodwin at and mail  a check to Wentworth Watershed Association, Box 2235, Wolfeboro New Hampshire 03894.

Deadline is Monday, August 21.

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Paddlers visit Crescent Lake dam for a little history

Following up on a very successful paddle through the Warren Brook complex last year, some 20 kayakers and canoeists make the trek from Albee Beach on Lake Wentworth to the Crescent Lake dam on Saturday, July 29, for a brief discourse on the history of dams on the two lakes. Wentworth Watershed Association Vice President Bob Spear used the platform afforded by Hugh Crawford's pontoon boat to acquaint the voyagers with the various iterations of water works on the two lakes, starting in the 18th century. Spear related the origins of the current dam in the 1850s, when the lakes were used as power sources for mills in Wolfeboro Falls. He noted that the Town of Wolfeboro took over management of the structure in the late 1950s, when the local industries faltered, and that the last reconstruction took place in 2000. Rich Masse added information about the functioning of the current dam.