Found: floating dock

Update: The 8′ x 8′ dock, along with a paddle board, has now drifted to 76 North Shore Drive. Owners, please reclaim there

An 8′ x 8′ dock in the second basin has floated into the tree line at 126 North Shore Drive.


This week: MA COLAP conference in Westborough

MA COLAP (Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond Associations) 2018 Conference will focus on “Invasive Species and Lake Management in Massachusetts.” This 31st annual workshop will be a full day conference with speakers from several disciplines. We will discuss invasive species and how they affect lakes and lake management in Massachusetts. There will be presenters, vendors, and posters.

[Although registration (which would have included breakfast and lunch) is now closed, you can still attend  the sessions.]

The event takes place Friday, April 13, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the 
MA Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Richard Cronin Building, Westborough, MA 01581. 

For event registration, visit   For more info on MA COLAP, visit their website.

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