Several items found

A blue and white paddle boat and a blue canoe are now both turned upside down a couple hundred yards north of the Stow town beach. The other items (paddleboard and floats) are at 33 Hale Road with Red Aylard. Leave a comment to let us know if you are the owner and need help retrieving anything.



Drawdown ends

With the ice gone, the Lake Boon Commission has authorized the Stow highway department to replace all the boards in the dam outfall. The lake level will be gradually going up a foot or so to its normal level over the next few weeks depending on precipitation and any additional ice/snow melt in the watershed. This is the last chance to do any waterfront/dock maintenance at the low winter level.

Register now for boater safety course beginning in April in Stow

The Stow Police Department is sponsoring a Boater Safety Class taught by the Environmental Police on April 3, 5, 10, and 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Stow Community Center, 509 Great Road (Route 117).

This course is open to all Massachusetts residents, and is taught at no charge. The primary purpose of the Boat Massachusetts course is to foster safe operation through increased awareness of required safety equipment, safe boating practices, and legal responsibilities.

All four sessions must be attended, and students must be at least 12 years of age. To register online, visit Look for the Stow Class ID (4174) to sign up.

Passing this course is required for youth 12 through 15 years of age in order to operate a motor boat without adult supervision. This course also satisfies the state requirements for personal watercraft users who are 16 or 17 years of age. All graduates will be issued a Safety Certificate. Taking the class as a family is encouraged and has proven to be highly rewarding.

Click on this link for a downloadable flier: Stow Course Flyer

Lake Boon Commission meets Monday, February 5

Lake Boon Commission Meeting 
Monday, February 5, 2018 – 7:00 PM

The Lake Boon Commission will meet on Monday, February 5, starting at 7 p.m. in the Stow Town Building, 380 Great Road (Route 117), Stow. The posted agenda is as follows:

  • Public Comment
  • Approval of minutes – previous meeting(s)
  • Payment of bills
  • Discussion of lake patrol plans for 2018 boating season
  • Next Steps for By Law Revision Work
  • Weed control and future contracts
  • Ice out schedules for replacing boards in dam
  • Inventory and plans for buoys
  • Discussion of FY ’19 operating and weed control budgets
  • Review/approve LBC 2017 Annual Report
  • New business – next agenda
  • Date of next meeting
  • Adjourn

MA COLAP winter newsletter available

Click here to read the Winter 2018 issue of the MA COLAP newsletter, featuring an announcement of their Spring Conference and preliminary results of a Lake and Pond Issue Survey.  MA COLAP is the Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond Associations, which works to preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the environmental, aesthetic, recreational and economic values of Massachusetts’ lakes & ponds. You can follow them on Facebook here.