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Little Mousam Lake, Shapleigh Maine

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.

 (Latitude[masked] Longitude [masked] GeoCode 31240)

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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.

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  • Cindy H.

    Thank you for a great day of paddling everyone!

    October 12, 2013

    • Todd

      Nope, but there's a bunch of us going.

      1 · October 16, 2013

    • Mary H

      Have fun, I wish I could join you.

      October 16, 2013

  • Cindy H.

    Yes, the moonlight paddle is being hosted by another group. Gretchen told me the name of the group, but I cannot now remember it. You could probably search the meet up website and find it, however. Maybe see you there?

    October 16, 2013

  • Deb W.

    Thank you everyone for making this such a fun paddle. It was great to see so many people come from so far away to get a little taste of Maine's crisp fall air, still warm water, and pretty colors! And the seafood was pretty good too! Not to mention the stories! See you again soon.

    October 13, 2013

  • Barbara (Auntie B.

    Thank you Deb for a great new location to paddle !

    October 13, 2013

    • Deb W.

      You are welcome Bubbles! Thanks for coming and spreading good your cheer!

      October 13, 2013

  • Patricia

    so sorry - i had a health emergency (i'm ok) while driving and had to pull over. friends coming to fetch me. was looking forward so much..

    October 12, 2013

    • Todd

      Hi Tricia, I'm sorry you couldn't make it, I hope everything is okay.

      October 12, 2013

    • Barbara (Auntie B.

      Tricia - I hope you are doing better. Sending you lots of well wishes !

      October 13, 2013

  • Todd

    Also thank you to my friends for the special treatment I received today, it really means a lot to me.

    October 12, 2013

  • Richard B

    Very nice day on the water with great guides!!!!

    October 12, 2013

  • Gretchen

    Thanks Todd+Deb had a great time today..also thanks to everyone for their advice/ help- very welcoming group for a newcomer :)

    October 12, 2013

  • barbara k.

    Awesome - now I am sooo looking forward to a hot shower and some rest !!

    October 12, 2013

  • Barbara (Auntie B.

    To EVERYONE who is new or fairly new to kayaking you'll need to dress appropriately for this time of year ( water + air temp is between 110 - 115). On the top of this page under More > Files there is a CK Safety and Equipment presentation - in it you'll find a suggested clothing section. Also remember to bring plenty of fluids and snacks - try to avoid anything caffeinated as it increases the chance of dehydration. Email or post questions to any one of the organizers if you have questions.

    October 11, 2013

    • aRLENE T.

      Great meeting you again, Bubbles!

      October 12, 2013

    • Todd

      I like to thank everybody for coming up to Maine for today's paddle. It was great to see everyone, and to meet those who are new to the group. And a big thank you to Deb for putting this together and leading us on our way. I hope to see you all again.

      October 12, 2013

  • john b.

    A really great paddle . Had a wonderful time.

    October 12, 2013

  • aRLENE T.

    Lots of fun meeting new people and seeing some from other meet ups. Great job, Debbie and Todd!

    October 12, 2013

  • Deb W.

    *DIRECTIONS*
    I hope this helps.

    Coming from the *South*
    Rte 95/Maine Turnpike exit 19 for Wells/Berwicks; turn right onto Rte 109; it is another 35 minutes or so straight down Rte 109 to the boat launch on the left. Look for Ted’s Fried Clams on the right, then look for the launch sign immediately after Lakeside Marine & Sports on the left.

    Coming from *North of Wells,, ME*
    Rte 95/Maine Turnpike exit 32 Biddeford; turn right onto Rte 111; turn right at the light at the intersection of Rte 224 (You will see the tractor store.) Follow Rte 224 about 4 minutes to the intersection of Rte 109. Turn right onto Rte 109; it is another 6-8 minutes or so straight down Rte 109 to the boat launch on the left. Look for Ted’s Fried Clams on the right, then look for the launch sign immediately after Lakeside Marine & Sports on the left.
    For GPS use Latitude[masked] Longitude [masked] GeoCode 31240
    or
    Lakeside Marine & Sports, 143 Emery Mills Rd, Shapleigh, ME 04076

    October 11, 2013

    • Patricia

      Thank you, Deb! the Marine store address was perfect for my googled directions. See you soon.

      1 · October 11, 2013

  • Molly

    Any word on rentals?

    October 9, 2013

    • Molly

      Gretchen, I'm going to use Todd's rental kayak, so I'm all set. Thanks so much for offering yours!

      October 11, 2013

    • Gretchen

      No problem see you tomorrow :)

      October 11, 2013

  • Shevawn

    I have a bad cold so I need to cancel. Disappointed since I was really looking forward to tomorrow's paddle. Looks like I wil have to wait until spring.

    October 11, 2013

  • barbara k.

    I am having trouble GPSing this without a street address for the launch, i don't know how ttip search by latitude or geocode,, advice ?

    October 8, 2013

    • Todd

      Also I'm fairly certain it's route 95 north to route 109 towards Sanford, straight through Sanford the put in is about a half mile past Teds Fried Clams on the other side of the road.

      October 10, 2013

    • barbara k.

      Thanks Lyon, i did Find out about the + - ° costs for navigation

      October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My weekend plans have changed -- sorry to miss this fun paddle, and look forward to joining the group next season.

    October 9, 2013

  • Cindy H.

    Hi All: Can anyone advise me as to how long a drive it is to this location from the Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, MA area? In addition, I have two kayak carriers on top of my car. Is there anyone who lives in the Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield area who would be interested in carpooling with me and sharing gas and toll costs? Please let me know.

    October 8, 2013

    • Cindy H.

      Hi Gretchen: Thank you for your response. 1 hour, 39 minutes from Andover. Very doable for a day trip, but looking at a map that seems very quick to me. You are absolutely right. Because of the 3 day weekend I would imagine traffic will be heavy especially if the weather forecast is for a mild sunny weekend.

      October 8, 2013

    • Deb W.

      Hi Cindy. Just add 15 minutes to the times I gave for David.

      October 8, 2013

  • David

    I'd like to carpool with someone going up to Maine. I am going to be renting a kayak so I do not need any room on the roof but I do need a ride and I would be happy to split the gas. I can easily meet you either in Salem MA or at the Centennial Park Exit off of 128 in Peabody.

    September 25, 2013

    • Deb W.

      Hi David & Cindy,

      1 · October 8, 2013

    • Deb W.

      Hi David & Cindy, I frequently drive to the Centennial Park exit to visit my mother. From there to Rte 95/Maine Turnpike exit 19 for Wells/Berwicks will take no more than 75 minutes on a normal day, then it is another 35 minutes or so straight down Rte 109 to the boat launch. This second leg should not have traffic issues. I'm looking forward to you joining us in Maine!

      October 8, 2013

  • Mary H

    Todd, are there any kayaks available to rent?

    October 8, 2013

    • Melissa B.

      Same here!

      October 8, 2013

    • Todd

      As of right now I have one left, it has been requested but not yet paid for. I'm trying to contact her. I'm also seeing if there's anything I can arrange to help you out...stay tuned.

      1 · October 8, 2013

  • David

    I got a ride, I will see you all on Saturday

    October 6, 2013

    • barbara k.

      David, maps says 1 hour 37 minutes. Todd says cone at 930, so that would mean leaving at 745a. I would like to leave 715 to allow extra time for grabbing a coffee for the drive and assembling my boat. Location for pick up ? North Beverly station? Or Starbucks? Let me know.

      October 8, 2013

  • Mary H

    Todd, do you have a kayak I can rent?

    October 8, 2013

  • barbara k.

    So I took my new folding PAKBOAT out for a test run. It took longer to assemble than I had hoped - about 35 minutes, but it was the first time I did it. I expect I will become more proficient at assembly with practice. I didn't think it felt much faster, but when I looked back over my shoulder, I was surprised at my distance from the launch. still, I am a beginner and expect to be slower than some others. the Keel of the boat is 11 and 1/2 feet, so the whole boat is approx 12 feet. Really looking forward to paddling out in Maine.
    Disassembling was very fast - lol.

    October 7, 2013

    • Todd

      Okay Barbara, just be sure to arrive in time to get all assembled for a 10:00 launch. I think you'll do just fine, I'm not familiar with Pakboat but have read some good reviews on them. And thank you for helping David out.

      October 7, 2013

  • Dave

    Great! We're sure looking forward to a great day with new friends, and beautiful Fall colors.

    October 5, 2013

  • Mary H

    I would love to join you all. If I get the chance to go I will need to rent a Kayak if there are any available.
    I hope to join you all someday.

    October 3, 2013

    • Todd

      Hi Mary, I believe all my kayaks are rented for this event but will let you know if that changes.

      October 3, 2013

  • Patricia

    Todd, I would love to rent one of your kayaks if you have one. Let me know. Thanks! Looking forward to seeing you all!

    October 2, 2013

  • Mary Ann N.

    Dave and I hope to get a spot...we are on the wait list under Dave +1.

    October 2, 2013

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