I’m planning a couple of short overnight kayak trips for the summer. I’d like to be out for 2-4 days per trip probably including a weekend. I’m open as to destinations but if I’m going alone I’ll revisit a couple of routes I’ve enjoyed in the past. You can trace the routes fairly easily on google maps and I’d love suggestions for these trips or for entirely different itineraries.
My first trip will probably be to Antlers Camp on the Appalachian Trail at Lower Jo-Mary Lake.
- End of Deep Cove Road to White Horse Island via Little Porus Island across Pemadumcook Lake near Millinocket. 3 miles
- White Horse Island to Sweet Potato Island with portage across Tirio Access Rd. to get to Lower Jo Mary Lake. 1 mile
- Sweet Potato Island to Appalachian Trail campsite on Western shore of Jo Mary Lake. 3.5 miles.
- I usually camp there and then explore Middle Jo Mary Lake. Fishing has always been great on these lakes.
- Back the way I came. Last year’s trip: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10208623748663293.1073741838.1597205438&type=1&l=d03340d1d4
My second trip will likely be to Bigelow Preserve. Last year I parked at a campsite on the water off W. Flagstaff Rd. closer to state highway 27 and then kayaked to the end of Flagstaff Lake with a couple day hikes up onto the ridge line that forms the center of the preserve. I found Flagstaff Lake almost idyllic with lots of warm shallow water, islands with sandy beaches and pleasant views but fishing is so-so, a few perch one year nothing at all last year. Flagstaff Lake also isn’t a challenge in any way unless you consider the length of the lake itself a challenge. This trip would be a good route if you were bringing children. I don’t have good pictures of Flagstaff Lake but I did take pictures from the AT section that follows the ridge line above the lake. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10203349856099275.1073741831.1597205438&type=1&l=bbd651b7c8
Open to other trip suggestions and would love to have company. As you can tell I spend, or “waste” as the case may be, a lot of time playing at fishing, cooking, taking day hikes and generally goofing off. I also try to avoid real danger and risk whenever possible although I’ve been know to kayak through a storm when necessary. If are a really dedicated, competitive, or technically inclined kayaker (or fisher) I might drive you nuts.