Directions (from Portland, ME): Follow Rt. 77 into South Portland. Once in South Portland Rt. 77 merges with Broadway. Stay in the right lane and turn Right to stay on Rt. 77. (Across from Mill Creek Park) Stay on Rt. 77 until you pass by Cape Elizabeth High School then turn right onto Fowler Road. Drive down Fowler Road until Fenway Road, on the left. (About a mile down.) Follow Fenway to its end and park in the cal de sac. Look for the trail to get to the launch site.
Boat Launch: To get to the place to put in your kayak, you are going to have to walk a bit. Of the places I have kayaked this is the longest walk. I would HIGHLY recommend having a cart of some kind to move your kayak if you are doing this spot solo. (I was with a friend and we walked into the pond first to see how far we had to walk. I am terrible at estimating distances I walk, but it probably was a 5-10 minute walk, depending on how many times you stop to rest your arms!) Once you get to the place to put in the kayaks, the launch site is great. Sandy and gradual slope into the pond. Here are some pictures of the walk and launch site:
Parking: There is not a parking area specific for using this area. I read online that people are expected to park on the sides of the street, respecting the homeowners, and walk into the pond. (There was only one other vehicle parked on the street when I was there.)
Wildlife: blue heron, painted turtles, cormorant, hawk, many other birds, probably frogs, and I was told this is a great bass fishing spot.
Notes: I had heard about Great Pond. I had heard that only Cape Elizabeth residents were supposed to access it, but I did not find any such signs and figured as long as we were respectful we would be fine. (And I was right!) To be honest, I underestimated this pond. I had chosen it because a friend of mine, who I have taken kayaking a couple of times, has decided to buy a kayak. One of her friends was selling one and my friend wanted to try it out. She asked if I could help her transport the kayak and go with her for safety sake and it was close to where her friend lived. Since I had to work during the day I figured it would be a quick test paddle and would call it good. Even when we arrived I was pretty neutral about it. After seeing we had to walk in a ways and I was doing most of the heavy lifting on both kayaks (my friend's back was bothering her) I was not sure it would be worth the effort. But it was! (I do love sharing my love of kayaking with people, so I am happy to help people, just like a good payoff of great kayaking for the hard work!) Where we put in I could tell that the pond was a decent size, but as we paddled we found lots of nooks and crannies to explore. I like places where you paddle around a corner and you can't tell if it is a dead end, so you paddle in and sometimes, if you get lucky, you find a whole other area to explore. The scenery here is unique, compared to other places I have been. The pond is surrounded by cattails and reeds. (At first I thought it would bore me, but it was pretty!) It was a great place, especially if you want a place to go after work! I also think this would be a great place for beginners and for families. One unique feature was being able to hear the foghorn from the Fort Williams lighthouse nearby. As we were paddling we could hear its tone and it was cool. Here are some pictures:
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