Past Meetup

Massabesic Lake (South Section)


Ive been interested in exploring this section of Massabesic Lake for some time now. I hear it's the best part of the lake for paddling.

AMC Quiet Water 2nd edition says:

Because of it's smaller size and great shoreline variations, we prefer paddling the lakes southern section. The generally rocky shoreline gives way to dense woods farther inland. White Pines, Red Pines, Red Maples, White Birch, and Red Oak dominate but you can also see some Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica) growing along the water's edge. One of the first trees to turn red in the fall, Black Gum's brilliant foliage r4eally stands out. A few surviving American Chestnut trees also grow here.

The Grape Islands near the southern end of the lake offer superb paddling, as does the deep cove called the Fang at the southern tip. Near the inlet from the upper section of Massabesic, close to route 28 bypass, a small marshy section usually can be paddled. Watch for Great Blue Herons, Wood Ducks, other assorted water birds, and possibly Beaver here.

Getting there:

The best access to the southern section is from a channel connecting the lakes two halves. From the junction of Rt 28 bypass and Rt 101 (exit 1), drive south on Rt 28 bypass for 1.7 miles. The pullout is on the left, just after crossing the bridge over the channel. You can quickly paddle under the bridge to reach the quieter southern section.

approximate address is: 342 Londonderry Turnpike, Auburn, NH

I do have kayaks available to rent for this paddle

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