PLEASE ARRIVE AROUND 9:30 SO EVERYONE HAS TIME TO UNLOAD AT THE LAUNCH AND RETURN THEIR VEHICLE TO THE PARKING AREA.
Located just over the New Hampshire border in southern Maine. this paddle was suggested this past weekend while up at Davids lake house, I hope you'll find it worth the drive.
This is a wonderful lake for a few hours of paddling with birds, ducks, and few power boats. There are many coves, a marsh, and a couple of streams. If the weather is calm, and people want to explore more, we can pass under the causeway and expand our trip into Big Mousam. Both have wonderful views of mountains and fall foliage.
After paddling we can go just a ¼ mile down Rte. 109 to eat at Ted’s Fried Clams. Don’t worry if you don’t eat fried food, they have a wide selection of meals. This is open to all levels and all boats.
Access the public boat ramp off Rte. 109 in Shapleigh, Maine. Going west on Rte. 109, pass Ted’s Fried Clams on the right, then a marina on the left, then enter where the boat launch sign is immediately following on the left. You can drive down to the ramp and quickly unload your kayak on the grass and return your vehicle to the upper parking lot. Please do not block the boat ramp. There are toilets at the ramp site and a store at the causeway.
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AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of the Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. Kayaking, camping, hiking, bicycling, and other activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. As organizers we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour. In the interest of safety, consuming alcohol before or during any Casual Kayakers event is not allowed. Wearing of Lifejackets (PFD's) is required when paddling with this group.
Rental kayaks are available for this event
Please arrive early (around 9:30) as we have increased the attendee limit for what will likely be the last Casual Kayakers paddle of the season, thank you.The access is an upper parking lot with a one lane circular drive down to the ramp and back to the parking lot. This creates a traffic jam right at the ramp and will make it take longer to unload than some of our other sites. Let’s remind people to take the time to pack their gear in their boats while in the upper parking lot before they come down the drive to drop off their boats, to move them quickly to the grass beyond the ramp itself near the map board, and bring their cars back up to the upper lot. (It is only a 2 minute walk back.) There is plenty of parking this late in the season if we encourage folks to park behind each other because many of the spaces are set up for, but don’t have to be trailer spaces. This will keep us out of the way of any power boats for as long as possible.