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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! Out 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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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Casco, Maine: Coffee Pond

Body of Water: Coffee Pond (Maine’s cleanest body of water)  Casco, Maine [Maine Gazetteer, Map 5 B1.5]

Directions (from Portland, ME): Take Rt. 302 through North Windham, into Raymond. Take Rt. 121 (along Panther Pond) until it intersects with Rt. 11. Turn Right onto Rt. 11. Drive for just over a mile, turn right onto Coffee Pond Rd. (You may miss the road sign coming from this direction, if you get to Rt. 85, turn around and look for it on your left.) Follow Coffee Pond Rd. down a hill and the launch site does not look like an official boat landing, it looks like a clearing on the right (pond-side) with a short parking spot directly across from it. 

Boat Launch:  Very small, just put in at the edge of the pond. 

Parking: Free. Very limited, 2-3 vehicles.  On the side of a dirt road.

Wildlife: Loons, ducks

Notes: If you get there and there is no parking, you are very close to the boat landing for Tenny Stream/Crescent Lake, on Rt. 85.  (From Coffee Pond Road, turn right onto Rt. 11, then turn right onto 85, boat launch will be on your left.)  There is a small island in the pond, where you can stop and go for a swim.  You may want to take a short rope or bungee cord to secure the kayak to the island while you swim.  This is a very quick paddle, a great pond to do after work or if you wanted to do multiple bodies of water in the same day.  Boat size restrictions are in place on this pond.  This would be a great place to take beginner paddlers!

This is the boat launch.  Again, very small, but worth it to get on this cute pond! 



The view when you first start paddling:
A view from the other end of the pond as some clouds rolled in:
 This is a small island in the pond, a great place to stop for a swim!
 The pond... I believe that is loonking towards Rattlesnake Mountain, but I am not sure.
 A Maine Loon.  Please remember to be respectful of all wildlife. 
 This is a loon family.  Typically loons have two offspring, but this family had one. 




 Loons are very interesting birds, their environment is very important for their survival.  Treat them well, treat the waterways well. 




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