Lower Range Pond

Poland, Maine

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On the right day, with the weather just threatening enough to keep most people away, Lower Range Pond is a real treat. The pond boasts crystal-clear water with sandy shores—superb for swimming— and the marshy coves teem with wildlife. We visited on a late afternoon midweek in August and had the place to ourselves. But you won’t find much solitude here on a nice summer weekend! Judging from the size of the parking lots and restroom facilities, this place can be a real zoo. During our visit, we saw quite a variety of wildlife: a pair of loons with a well-developed chick, osprey, great blue herons, black ducks, kingfishers, kingbirds, spotted sandpipers, numerous fish, fresh-water mussels, and some fascinating invertebrates: bryozoa. Prominent fish species: smallmouth bass, white perch, yellow perch, 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)

On the right day, with the weather just threatening enough to keep most people away, Lower Range Pond is a real treat. The pond boasts crystal-clear water with sandy shores—superb for swimming— and the marshy coves teem with wildlife. We visited on a late afternoon midweek in August and had the place to ourselves. But you won’t find much solitude here on a nice summer weekend!

Judging from the size of the parking lots and restroom facilities, this place can be a real zoo. During our visit, we saw quite a variety of wildlife: a pair of loons with a well-developed chick, osprey, great blue herons, black ducks, kingfishers, kingbirds, spotted sandpipers, numerous fish, fresh-water mussels, and some fascinating invertebrates: bryozoa. Prominent fish species: smallmouth bass, white perch, yellow perch, and chain pickerel.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Poland
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip, camping available
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Range Pond State Park
Local Maps: USGS Minot, Mechanic Falls
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Range Pond

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