admin on June 17th, 2011

View the pdf here: Newsletter for June 2011

In this issue:

  • Are you planning for the July 4th Boat Parade!? See parade details.
  • The Essex Music Festival will be held August 27 at Centennial Grove.
  • President Sue McLaughlin traces the rise and decline of the cabomba weed in the lake, noting mitigation steps residents can take.
  • Robyn Kanter’s Designing with Nature column discusses the tree problem caused by winter moth catapillars.
  • The Eastern Railroad was an amazing driver of the local economy a century ago. Loaded with photos, Keith Symmes’ history appears in the Yesteryear section.
  • Also: Water level monitoring goes hi-tech. Another disappointing alewife season. Fresh water mussels keep the water clean. And more.

These two diagnostic studies have provided extensive information on Chebacco Lake and lake managements issues. They are vital historical and technical references for anyone involved with current lake issues. They cover lake geology and hydrology, land and lake use,  water quality and water level, septic systems and excessive nutrients, wildlife and aquatic weeds, among other issues.

We have created pdfs of both reports (a shoutout to Joe Brain!) which you can download here:

Lycott (1985): Chebacco Lake Diagnostic/ Feasibility Study

Salem State College (1998): Chebacco Lake Diagnostic Report

admin on March 17th, 2011

This boating survey of lake residents was conducted in 1990 by the Lake Assocation. Have you ever wondered about the resident boat population on Chebacco Lake?  Two CLA members (one the owner of a canoe and party barge; the other of a motorboat w/125 hp engine) decided to find out.  On Saturday, June 22, 1990 they cruised the lake between 8 and 9 a.m. and came up with the following count. Canoes: 45 at private residences, plus 7 at Gordon College and 5 at Camp Menorah.  Total: 57. Skiffs/Rowboats w/o motor: 43 at private residences plus 2 at Gordon College and 3 at camp Menorah.  Total: 48. Sailing craft (including boats and sailboards): 15 at private residences plus 4 at Camp Menorah.  Total: 19. Sculls: Total: 2. Kayaks: Total: 1. Inflatable boats: Total: 7. Paddleboats: Total: 6. Jet skis/personal watercraft: Total: 4. (Banned since 1992) “Party barges”: 1-90hp, 1-75hp, 1 w/o motor, 1-60hp, 1-55hp  1-50hp, 3-40hp, 6-35hp, 2-30hp.  Total: 17. Motorboats: *15-inboard motors 120-350hp, 1-200hp, 1-150hp, 6-140hp, 1-125hp, 3-115hp, 1-100hp, 5-90hp, 4-70hp, 1-65hp, 3-60hp, 1-40hp, 1-35hp, 1-30hp, 3-25hp, 1-20hp, 5-10hp, 3-9.9hp, 2-6hp, 2-5hp, 1-4.4hp.  Total: 61. *We designated the first category “inboard motors 120-350hp” because many of these engine sizes are not visible from the outside.  It is likely that the size ranges between 120-350hp. Note: (1) We did our best to include every type of water craft, but present this survey recognizing the possibility of minor errors or omissions.  (2) We sighted 3 additional boats on shore covered and could not determine hp.  (3) There was one motorboat w/o a motor.  (4) Some of the smaller hp boats may be electric. — submitted by Dave Lash (not sure who conducted the survey)

admin on February 21st, 2011

View the pdf here: CLA Newsletter – February 2011

In this issue:

  • President Sue McLaughlin summarizes the anniversaries and activities on the lake in the past year.
  • Arthur Crosbie, president of the Hamilton Historical Society, was the keynote speaker at the CLA Annual Meeting wowing the audience with a slide show on Lake Area History featuring the trolleys, hotels, and industries that populated the lake area in earlier days.
  • Robyn Kanter’s Designing with Nature column offers some good news and tips about the heavy snow this winter.
  • Robyn is also the CLA rep on the Centennial Grove Committee studying options for the ‘cottage property.’ Learn the latest.