Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will be tracking “Ice-Out” dates on Maine’s lakes again this spring — http://maine.gov/dacf/parks/water_activities/boating/ice_out_dates.shtml.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry invites residents to send in an email when the ice goes out in their area: include the name of the water body, town(s) and the ice-out date and the report will be posted on the Ice-Out site as soon as possible.

How to define Ice-Out? For the purposes of the department’s web page, “ice-out” has occurred when you can navigate unimpeded from one end of the water body to the other. There may still be ice in coves or along the shoreline in some areas, but when a person can traverse the entire water body without being stopped by ice floes, the ice is considered to be out.