Body of Water: Lovewell Pond, Fryeburg, ME [Maine Gazetteer Map 4]
Directions (from Portland, ME): Follow Rt 25 through Gorham and Standish. Turn right onto Rt 113 through Hiram and Baldwin into Brownfield and then into Fryeburg. Not far after the Fryeburg town line you will see the Fryeburg airport on your left, the boat launch will be shortly there after on your right.
Parking: There is room for quite a few vehicles/ I think any kind of trailer system would work. It is accessible to large boats as well as kayaks/canoes.
Wildlife: Birds, saw a heron and many other small birds, but the wind was so strong, I didn't see much!
Notes: There was a portable toilet here.
I put in at the boat launch intending to spend a lot of time here, but it was really windy, with really large waves and I was nervous. I think the water was higher than normal too, as I felt like I was kayaking through a forest, which was kind of cool! I didn't stay on the water long because I was afraid of the bigger waves and moved on to the Brownfield Bog, which was close by. Here are some pictures though:
Body of Water: Brownfield Bog, Brownfield, ME [Maine Gazetteer Map 4, B2 ]
Directions (from Portland, ME): Follow Rt 25 through Gorham and Standish. Turn right onto Rt 113 through Hiram and Baldwin into Brownfield. Once the speed limit decreases you will be approaching an intersection, of 113 and 160. Take Rt. 160 on the right. Go over a bridge and 160 turns right, you need to stay straight onto Lord Hill Rd. Just after transitioning to Lords Hill Road take an immediate left onto a dirt road, Bog Road, that looks like a driveway. The dirt road is very narrow with lots of ruts and bumps.
Here is a picture of the signs... It is not far after you cross the bridge, go slowly!
After you are on Lords Hill Road take the left onto an newly marked dirt road that looks like a driveway. (This was NOT here last year!! Makes it Much easier!)
The dirt road is very narrow with lots of ruts and bumps. (There were some small cars parked there once we got in, but I think I would have been nervous about bottoming out in a small
Boat Launch: The put in spots are a bit narrow. It's easy to get in to the water's edge. I get into my kayak by wading into the water and sitting into my kayak as if it were a chair. This spot was a little hard for that because the bottom was mucky, but I faced the fear of what would be in the muck and it was well worth it!
Parking: There is room for 8-9 vehicles, in a little loop/turnout area. I think any kind of trailer system would be hard to navigate. Much better for people who transport their kayaks on top of their vehicles.
Wildlife: Birds (many songbirds, red winged black birds, & blue heron), turtles (snapping and painted), and we got lucky last time I was here and saw a moose.
Notes: Other than the great outdoors, there are no bathroom facilities, and since this is a spot that is a bit off the beaten path, you may have to become one with nature. IMPORTANT: the put in and take out spots are pretty well blended into the rest of the trees. It is important to give yourself a frame of reference so you can find your way back. (Or hang something bright in the trees to find.) I would suggest staying to the left once you put in. Going to the left takes you out of the open bog area and into more of a channel with trees on either side. (Follow the duck houses!)
Here are some pictures from today 5/27/2013: