Estes Lake

Sanford, Maine

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Estes Lake is a long, widened section of river, backed up behind a small hydroelectric dam on the Mousam River. The northern three quarters of Estes Lake is actually part of the Middle Branch of the Mousam River, as the main river comes into the lake near the south end. As of this writing, there is no official public boat access on Estes Lake. As a result of the recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing procedure, however, the dam operator must provide public access. Because of pressure from the Estes Lake Association, the dam operator will provide only carry-in access. Prominent fish species: smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and chain pickerel.
Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition

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Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition

by John Hayes & Alex Wilson (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Estes Lake is a long, widened section of river, backed up behind a small hydroelectric dam on the Mousam River. The northern three quarters of Estes Lake is actually part of the Middle Branch of the Mousam River, as the main river comes into the lake near the south end. As of this writing, there is no official public boat access on Estes Lake.

As a result of the recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing procedure, however, the dam operator must provide public access. Because of pressure from the Estes Lake Association, the dam operator will provide only carry-in access. Prominent fish species: smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and chain pickerel.

©  John Hayes & Alex Wilson/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Sanford
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip, camping available
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Apache Campground
Local Maps: USGS Alfred
Driving Directions: Directions to Estes Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

2/28/2009
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Actually Estes Lake is not overcrowded at all. We have just enough room for those of us who live here. There is public boat access but unless you know a property owner you probably won't find it.


8/6/2007
0

like all southern maine lakes it is overcrowded with cabins and mansions. alot of boat traffic on weekends.



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