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Otis Reservoir 
Property Owners Association, Inc.

P.O.Box 1325, East Otis, Massachusetts 01029
(O.R.P.O.A) Incorporated 1956

Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions...

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Q1: What is the draw down and fill schedule?

A1: "WE" (ORPOA) do not control the water level. DCR does and their actions are actually governed by "Orders of Condition" issued by the three Conservation Commissions towns which boarder the lake.

Draw down starts mid-October, typically the week-end after Columbus Day.

Draw down is normally completed by mid-to-late November at the lowest level supported by the dam.

The water level is held at the lowest level until January 1st at which time the level is allowed to rise one to two feet. The water level is then maintained at that level until the ice is substantially dissipated in the main body of the lake or until April 1st, whichever occurs first. The dam & gate valve are then closed to allow the lake to fill until full.

Q2: When are the ORPOA fireworks?

A2: Based on recent history, the fireworks are scheduled for the first weekend after the National Independence Day Celebration on July 4th.

Q3: When is ORPOA the annual meeting?

A3: Based on recent history, we try to hold the meeting on the weekend most closely related to the National Independence Day Celebration on July 4th. This seems to provide an opportunity to create the best attendance.

Q4: How do I become a member of ORPOA?

A4: Drop us a note at the email address below and we'll send you an application form. You may also join by signing up at the annual meeting or online. The exact dates for events will be published on the web site calendar as soon as available. 

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