from Norton Pond
|Paddle Trip(A Level 1 Trip)|
|Norton Pond to Lake Megunticook
The Road Trip:
From the South: Take Route 1 to Camden, turn left on Route 52, and continue north about 6 miles, and then turn left onto Norton Pond Road. The boat launch is just a few hundred feet down the road from here.
From the North: Take Route 1 to Belfast, turn right onto Route 52, and continue south for 10 miles to Lincolnville Center. Turn left, and look for Norton Pond Road (the second right). The boat launch is just a few hundred feet down the road from here.
|The Paddle Trip:
Trip Summary: An easy paddle along the settled shoreline of Norton Pond and down a narrow, green, shady channel between the two lakes, which then opens out into Lake Megunticook and a spectacular view of the Camden Hills.
Distance: 2 -3 nautical miles (round trip). Plenty of options to do more.
Paddling time: 1 hour or more..
The Route: Follow the western shore of Norton Pond down to the narrow channel that leads into Lake Megunticook. Pass under the bridge and out into the lake.
Tips: Norton Pond warms up quickly in the spring. Last year it was warm enough for a swim by late May. Megunticook is great for exploring but be sure you have proper equipment if you venture far from shore.
Watch Out For: Power boats and jet-skis in both the pond and the lake. Strong winds can come up in a hurry, especially on Lake Megunticook
Natural Features: Maiden Cliffs and Mount Megunticook presents a spectacular panorama as you enter the lake. The lake itself has many "boulder islands," coves, and inlets to explore. Fernald's Neck, a nature preserve complete with pine-carpeted walking trails is about halfway down the lake.
Other Landmarks: There is a boat launch area near the southeastern end of the lake.
Stretch Your Legs: On any of the small "boulder islands" that dot the lake, or on Fernald's Neck.
One Paddler's Story: Ray Wirth can sometimes be seen in his sea kayak, practicing his roll in Norton Pond during the summer months.
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