*Note: you could use these same directions to access Wadleigh (Also seen in places as Wadley) Pond. There is a culvert that connects the two, but it was a bit too short/narrow for my liking. It appeared it was passable, but If I was going to access both, I think I would portage. (Which is saying something, because I never portage!)
Directions: From Portland go south on the turnpike. Take Exit 32 (Biddeford) After coming off the exit turn right onto Rt 111 for 3.5 miles then turn Right onto Hill Road for 2.1 miles. At the stop sign, turn left for 1.7 miles onto South St. which becomes South Waterboro Rd. Turn right onto Clarkswoods Rd for 2.7 miles then turn right onto Frye's Bridge Road for about 0.5 miles.
Boat Launch: The launch area I chose to access was closest to the north end of the bridge. It is a fairly steep bank with loose rocks. To the left in this photo there was a bit of the path that was a bit more 'solid.' The rocks made me a bit nervous, but I managed fine. I did use my cart to get my kayak from the parking area to the launch as it is a short walk. It would be easy with two people without a cart, but I would say launch one at a time is probably best given the width of the launch area and the loose rocks.
Here are pictures of the launches to Wadleigh Pond. I did not paddle on Wadleigh, but since I was there and plan to go back to paddle Wadleigh I will include them here. The first is taken from the launch closer to the southern end of the bridge, close to the parking area you will see before the bridge, and the second is taken at the southern end of the bridge, which to me, looks like an easier launch site. (But again, I didn't use either.)
Parking: Roadside, along Frye's Bridge Road. There are two areas for parking along the road. One is before the bridge on the right (coming from south) the other is after the bridge on the left. To access Roberts Pond, I think it is easier to park in the area after the bridge on the Roberts Pond side of the road. If I was going to access Wadleigh Pond I think I would park in the same spot.
Wildlife: Blue heron, red tail hawks, wood ducks, mallard ducks, turtles, beaver (signs of them at least!), I would suspect deer visit here as well as eagles
Notes: Roberts Pond was a really nice surprise! I usually prefer to get up early to paddle, but I had spent the day in Boston on Friday and let myself sleep in and have a lazy Saturday morning. So as I looked for a place to paddle, I wanted to go someplace I had not been, someplace within an hour of where I live, and a place that could offer a little protection from the wind as it was a bit breezy. So, between my Gazetteer and google, I chose Roberts & Wadleigh Ponds. In looking at the map on google it looked like this:
So When I first arrived I parked at the parking area on the south side of the bridge. I got out and walked across the bridge and I saw this to my right (Wadleigh Pond):
and this to my left (Roberts Pond):
Since Roberts Pond looked less populated and the water looked a bit more calm, I decided I would go with Roberts and would return to do Wadleigh on another day.
A lot of my summer was spent finishing the book and I didn't take many nights to sit by the fire, but... ending a paddling day with a fire continues to be one of my favorite things!