Body Of Water: Kezar Lake (Lower Basin) Lovell, ME [Maine Gazetteer, Map 10 E1]
Directions: From Portland Take Route 302 (Forest Ave.) through Windham, Raymond, Casco, Naples and into Bridgton. Once in Bridgton stay on Rt. 302 as you turn left onto Main Street. Stay on 302 for just under 2 miles then bear/turn right onto Rt. 93. (Watch for deer! I saw two near twilight!) Stay on Rt. 93 for 6.6 miles, then turn left to stay on 93 and drive for 4.4 miles. Turn Right onto Rt. 5 (There is a small store on the left called Rosie's. It is a store and diner, a very nice place. Chances are they would let you use their bathroom is you buy some snacks for your trip. Would also be a great place to have breakfast!) Stay on Rt. 5 for 2.4 miles, then turn left onto West Lovell Road. Drive for 1.1 miles, after crossing the bridge (which is very loud when cars go over it while you are paddling!), pass the marina and take your immediate right onto Town Beach Road. for 0.1 miles to the public boat launch. Launch will be on the right.
Boat Launch: The boat launch is very nice. There is a nice dock here and there is a ramp that goes deeper into the water. The sand that is to the right of this photo is a bit muddy and I sunk a bit in it when I tried to get out on the sand vs using the ramp. (I was so excited that it was a misty morning!)
Parking: Parking is before the boat launch, on the left hand side of Town Beach Road. Lots of parking on the grass and dirt. I was there solo in the morning, but by the time I was off the water there were several vehicles therewith trailers. ( I forgot to snap a photo of the area. It looks like a large yard. If in doubt about where to park, ask the milfoil inspector.)
Wildlife: heron, ducks, eagle, red tail hawk, songbirds, turtles, beaver, reports of moose and deer
Notes: There is a milfoil inspector on duty here. I learned that this area is so vigilant about preventing milfoil that the inspectors here are paid, not volunteers.
My first teaching job was in Fryeburg, Maine. It is a beautiful part of the state; I like to return to this area a few times each year. When I lived here I did not have my own kayak so I had never paddled in this area...until now!
There are a lot of places up here to choose from. High on my list was Kezar Lake...but since it is getting chillier (it was 38 degrees here this morning!!!) I wanted to paddle in the more protected area. Kezar Lake is really big, but I stuck to the lower basin area. (See image form google earth below.) I put in where the star is and went south, under the bridge and stuck to the shore that was on my right. I made it around the corner and paddled as far back in the stream that goes north as it appeared I could and returned to the starting point. I didn't have enough time to explore the stream at the southern end of this basin, but would love to return there sometime. On my way back the wind had come up and the wind was going from North to South...which, on my paddle back worked to my advantage. Had I been going against the wind, I think I may have been nervous because the wind was strong and there were whitecaps. I was relieved to get back into the more protected area, away from the wind!
You can see that the blue sky is starting to come through a bit here as the temperatures between air and water get closer to one another.