Sunday, July 31, 2011
Raymond/Casco Maine: Tenny Stream
Body of Water: Tenny River/Tenny Stream, connects Crescent Lake to Panther Pond, Raymond/Casco [Maine Gazetteer, Map 5 B2]
Directions (From Portland, Maine): Take Rt. 302 North through North Windham into Raymond. At the intersection of Rt. 302 and Rt. 85, turn right onto Rt. 85. (You will notice a rest area on your left.) Stay on Rt. 85 for about 6+ miles. After going over a small bridge (which is Tenny Stream) the boat landing will be on your right.
Boat launch: Located on Rt. 85, close to the intersection of 85 and Plains Road. This is a small, concrete boat landing, plenty big for kayaks! People do launch bigger boats from this boat landing. The boat landing is right next to the road.
Parking: Free. There is no parking lot. Vehicles park on the sides of the road along Rt. 85. There is a small beach area that is fenced off, private for residents I believe, and there is some parking there, not muckhwider than the length of your vehicle. As with most areas in the Sebago Lake Region, this spot is busier on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Wildlife: Turtles, ducks, maybe a loon or a Canada goose, and you may see some fish and snails if you look in the water. There are a lot of plants, and depending on when you go, water lilies.
Notes: Once you get on the water, to get to Tenny Stream, You will want to paddle to the right, along the shore. You will turn into a smaller area and it may look like it is a dead end, but keep paddling. You will go through a culvert to enter the stream. You can, of course, spend additional time paddling around Crescent Lake and/or Panther Pond, both are decent size bodies of water. The lakes can be pretty choppy, but the stream is well protected, the water is calmer.
Here are some pictures I have taken along Tenny Stream/River.
Canada Goose on its nest. Taken in early May.
Looking up at a beautiful blue sky:
On the Panther Pond end of the stream there is a summer camp.
This is a foot bridge that connects two parts of the camp:
Ferns, early May:
Turtles, early May.
This is the culverty that is under Rt. 85, leaving Crescent Lake, entering the stream.
Tenny Stream is nice because it is fairly narrow so it ir protected from the wind.
Another painted Turtle, late May.
A late day picture at the beginning of the stream... very inviting!