Ice-out contest on Washington Pond

Posted Jan. 27, 2013, at 6:28 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 28, 2013, at 3:23 p.m.
$50 prize for one correct guess on when the ice will open on Washington Pond, off Rt. 17.
$50 prize for one correct guess on when the ice will open on Washington Pond, off Rt. 17.

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 2 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Hill And Gully Ice Fishing Derby and Snow Fest, 15 Razorville Road, Washington, Maine

For more information: Washington Lakes Watershed Association; 207-845-6677;

The Washington Lakes Watershed Association (WLWA) is holding its first Ice Out Contest to raise awareness of the community’s waterways. A $50 cash prize will be awarded to the person who selects the correct date for the ice out on Washington Pond. Washington Pond is in the town of Washington, 2 miles off of Route 17 between Augusta and Rockland.

Tickets are free and will be available at the February 9 Hill and Gully Snowmobile Club’s 26th Annual Snow Fest and Ice Fishing Derby. The WLWA will have a table near the public boat launch area on the Razorville Road, Washington which is 2 miles off of Rt. 17. Tickets for the contest and brochures about protecting the waterways of Washington will be available.

Tickets will be limited to one per person. Participants will choose a month and day when they believe the ice on Washington Pond will be open enough to allow a small boat to travel from the public boat launch on the southern end of the lake to a selected spot on the north side. If more than one person chooses the correct date, the tickets will be pooled and one ticket will be drawn as the winner.

For more information about the Washington Lakes Watershed Association go to