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One opportunity that the blog has brought me is the co-authoring of a guidebook, Paddling Southern Maine! It is something in which I take a lot of pride! My writing partner, Sandy Moore, and I have created a book with 54 amazing trips that are within about an hour of Portland! Our motto as we wrote the book was wanting to 'get people to spend the day on the water and not in their cars!'

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Stevens Pond, Liberty Maine

 Body Of Water: Stevens Pond [Maine Gazetteer Map 14 B1]

Directions: From  Portland, Take I -95 north to Exit 113, towards Augusta/Belfast.  Keep Right at the fork to be on Rt. 3 East for just over 28 miles, then turn right onto Rt 220 South for 1.8 miles, turn right onto 173/Stevens Pond Rd. Drive for 0.5 miles and the launch is on the right. 

Parking:There is space for up to 8-10 vehicles depending on vehicles and whether or not they have trailers. 

Bathroom: Porta Potty

Launch: Grooved Cement

Wildlife: Loons, Beaver, turtles, birds

The launch area is right next to a swimming area, complete with a float for people to use.  The launch is also in front of a dam. 

After we got on the water the wind came up, so we didn't get to see all of the pond.  
We started out staying to the right shore, went around the western part of the pond then went over into  the other part of the lake.  Despite how it appears on the map... I could not paddle into the bigger part of the pond without backtracking towards the launch. 

It is a pretty area. 

Another Loon Family!  I was lucky to see a few families while in the Liberty area.  

I liked this picnic table... on a floating dock! 

This looks like it may be  paddle-able if water levels were higher, but there is a road there, so I would guess they try to keep the road dry and control the water levels with the dam...

Paddling back towards the bigger part of the pond... just around this corner...

 We didn't get far into the larger part of the pond because of the wind.  It looks like it would be a lot of fun to explore all of the nooks and crannies.  

Sorry for Gladys's ear getting in the shot! 

One of my favorite photos of my girl! 

Heading back to the launch. 

Sorry this is not as detailed as some of my other posts.  I think this could be a pretty spectacular place to explore.  I will come back here on a day, probably in the morning, where it is less windy. 
Even though I only saw part of this pond, I enjoyed it.  

Happy Paddling!

Lake Pennesseewassee

Waterbody: Lake Pennesseewassee  [Map 10 D5 & Map 11 D1]

Directions: From Portand take 95 north to the Gray Exit (Exit 63) Turn left on Rt. 115 for 0.3 miles, then turn right onto Rt 26.  Stay on Rt. 26  for 26 miles (passing through Poland, Oxford, and into Norway) then turn left onto Main St. (118) Drive for just under 3 miles and the public boat launch will be on the right (not long after the rest area is on your left) 
After turning into the park, take the immediate left for the boat launch... beach area to the right.  

Go through the gate posts... (gateless gate!) 

Launch: grooved cement, with dock

Parking: Lots of parking, a lot of places for trailered boats and other areas where single vehicles could park.  There is also a pull out area a bit up from the launch if there is a need for additional parking. 

Bathroom: Yes, Outhouse

Wildlife: Loons, kingfishers, ducks, turtles, eagles

Notes:  This was my second visit to this beautiful lake!  Last time I paddled I explored the part of the lake that is more north. This time I was on a mission to see if I could find a place to eat that was accessible from the water.  (Spoiler alert... I did!)  For pics of the other end of the lake, refer back to the original post of this lake. 
We headed towards the far shore and towards the lower end of the lake that goes along Rt. 118.  There is some noise from the road, but it is still beautiful! 

We went through a culvert that is under Crocket Ridge Road...

After going through the culvert to the left is a pond like area with a lot of ducks and lilies.  Many white lilies and some light pink ones! 

Opposite that area of the lake is the shore that runs along 118 and this is Boomers Restaurant.  

I am working on something... and wanted to see if I could access the restaurant from the water... and you can... from the docks.  (Confession... I am not skilled at entry/exit from my kayak on docks... so.. we did eat here for lunch.. but we did so by driving there after we were off the water... I think it would be a way better experience to get out on the docks and walk up... how cool is that?! Food is good and service is better! If you go, tell them I sent you! Menu pics at the bottom!)   

Rainclouds were threatening so we paddled back towards the launch.. but got to see this guy take off... 

Back through the culvert... 


As we got back towards the launch the sky looked a bit more clear and I wondered if we could get under this to get to the other side of 118...  we were able to do so! 

And if you wanted to, you could park your kayak along this bank and run into the store to get a snack!

This area was very shallow with a lot of plantlife...

There was also an exotic bird - A flamingo! Someone has a great sense of humor! 

Big frog... who may or may not have been thrilled with the idea of having its photo taken.. and may or may not have hopped across the water in a way that made me scream... MAY... May have... 

I like this picture of Sandy because she is ducking to go under... If I could get through no problem.. she did not need to duck! Ha!  When water levels are higher this may be a lot trickier! 

This is the beach at the park.. nice area for swimming... 

Remember... check your kayak, paddle, cart, and other gear! 

You could spend an entire day here exploring the lake in its entirety. It is beautiful!  
If you don't want lunch at Boomers, there are a lot of other cute places int eh village of Norway that looked good.  Last summer I ate at the cafe and had a sandwich that was delicious! 

Boomers Menu: