Map screenshot from Google.
Directions: From Bangor, Maine... Take 95 North to the Howland Exit (Exit 217) Bear right off the exit onto route 155. After turning onto Rt 155 stay on it for about 3/4 of a mile. At the traffic circle take the first right to stay on Rt. 155. Cross over the Penobscot River and at the intersection of rt. 155 and Rt. 2, stay straight. Go about 3.8 miles. At the intersection of 155 and 188 (Enfield Road) turn Right. Stay on Rt. 188 for about 9 miles passing Gristmill Pond. You will come to an intersection where you see an old building called 'Old Tavern' Turn right to stay on Rt. 188, for about 2.5 miles passing the Burlington General store, and parking will be on your right. This is Ye Old Tavern... turn right here to stay on Rt. 188.
Boat Launch: In the image above the boat launch is on the route 188 label to the left of the north part of the pond. Right now the launch is just the shoreline, though it appears a boat launch is in the works. The water seemed to be lower than maybe it usually is, but there was still a gradual beach like area here. I am not sure how well used it is, there were a lot of rotting leaves on the bottom. but very easy to launch. (I was glad I had my cart though!)
Parking: There is parking in a small pull out area along the road. There is room for a few vehicles at a time. (Up to 6 or 7 I would say) I didn't get a pic of the parking area but this is a nice picnic table/charcoal grill just in front of it. There were a few other picnic tables/grills as well. Trailers would not be good here. When I parked and unloaded/loaded my kayak the end of the kayak was close to the road, very close. There was nobody else parked here so I could have parked parallel to the road, but that is not good etiquette! If they are putting in a boat launch I wonder if they will add some parking for trailers.
Wildlife: deer, loon, eagle, turtle, various birds
Notes: I am excited to share a body of water that is outside of southern Maine. I am trying to share more places! Now that I have some time off I am hoping to get to some places outside of the Portland area and hope you enjoy!
I got up this morning pretty early and drove from my dad's to Saponac Pond in Burlington. It was not a far drive from his place. I had driven there yesterday to scope it out. I was on the water by about 7 a.m. and only paddled the western half of the pond before it started to get super hot and I decided to return to shore. I hope to explore the rest of the pond at a later date. (I put in and explored the stream under the bridge on Rt. 188 then paddled back under 188 and and stayed to the right hand shore... I went to the outlet of the Passadumkeag River and back.)
When we arrived the morning clouds were below the windmills.
From the shore I went to the left so that I could go under the bridge on Rt. 188, hoping to see some wildlife there.
The stream was very peaceful... makes me very excited to head towards Katahdin soon!
The pond is pretty shallow. I looked up some info on maine.gov and learned that the max depth of this pond is 14 feet. and that it is too warm for trout and salmon. I did notice that the water felt warm when I waded in to get into the kayak. There are a lot of reeds/tall grass like this all around the edges of the pond.
There are a few homes on this part of the pond, but not many.
This was the corner that took me into the Passadumkeag River. I didn't go too far down there because I could hear the water rushing and that was enough for me!