Date(s) - Wed, May 30, 2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
CANOE-KAYAK GULF ISLAND POND (dog-free)
A small flotilla of dog-free midweek paddlers will enjoy Gulf Island Pond, a large, scenic lake north of Lewiston-Auburn. Picnic on an island!
One of a series of Paddle-n-Picnic trips. Suitable for either canoes and kayaks of any sort. (Possible exception: Inflatables might have a tough time.) Great for Vermont Dories!
Easy paddling at a relaxed pace. Total mileage will be between four and eight.
See note below on new forum on midweek paddling.
Gulf Island Pond is one of the largest waterbodies in central Maine. It was created in the 1920s by the construction of Gulf Island Dam, the second-largest hydropower generating station on the Androscoggin River. The shoreline is mostly undeveloped and the lake is dotted with dozens of attractive islands. Likely wildlife sightings included ducks, geese, ospreys, loons, eagles, little painted turtles and large snapping turtles.
One year we saw a porcupine — up in a tree.
Depending on the number of paddlers and the weather, we’ll do either a point-to-point route — setting up the necessary car shuttle — or make a circuit amongst the islands that returns to the put-in.
Excellent introduction to MOAC for new and/or prospective members, but all members are welcome. This has been popular in prior years.
Bring canoe or kayak plus paddles, PFDs, drinking water, sunscreen, bug spray and lunch. Dress suitably for late May in central Maine. Spray skirts and wetsuits not needed (but bring if you wish).
Meet and greet at 9:30 a.m. at the Irving-mini mart gas station/convenience store/truck stop complex on Route 4 in Turner, located a few hundred yards north of the Auburn-Turner town line. (If you’re driving from the south, it’s immediately before Twitchell’s airport.) Location is on DeLorme Gazetteer Map 11 Sector D-5. It’s about an hour’s drive north of Portland.
Please note: This trip starts at the above gathering point. Further details will be announced at that time. Please don’t contact me for the put-in location. There are several options on this trip and I don’t want to foreclose any.
Trip is show-n-go. No reservations needed. No quota. No vetting. No mothering. No whining. No dogs.
Don’t be left high and dry! Leader has a canoe and kayak (plus all accessory gear) and can accommodate two boat-less paddlers, but must make arrangements in advance. Call 773-9609 or 776-4273. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
After take-out, the trip will finish at a local ice cream stand.
NEW FORUM FOR MIDWEEK PADDLING:
There’s a group of MOACers who are either retired, semi-retired or who simply have very flexible summer schedules who are organizing a series of midweek paddling trips. The trip above is one of them. Cobbosseecontee on May 24 was the first.
Scott Andrews is one of the ringleaders. Betsy Hanscom has set up a special sub-forum within the Canoe-Kayak forum on the club’s new website which we will use to exchange info and thoughts about this group.
If you’re interested in participating in the midweek paddle trips please go to the forum and identify yourself. Tell us what days are best for you and maybe suggest a trip you’d like us to plan.
This will be helpful to us, but it is not necessary to participate. Midweek paddlers is NOT an underground group. All activities will be posted to the calendar in the usual MOAC fashion and will welcome all members.
Event Creator Details
- Name : Scott