Five Kezar Ponds

Waterford, Maine

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Mud Pond is a splendid example of a peatland minerotrophic fen. Scientists recently decided to distinguish between raised peatlands with no streams flowing through, calling them bogs, and peatlands on slopes with water flowing through, calling them fens. The shrubby environment of Mud Pond is a haven for beaver, which have opened watery paths to higher ground in order to drag succulent branches of alder, paper birch, and red maple back to their submerged food caches to gnaw on during the winter. You are sure to see them at work if you paddle quietly here in the evening. Pitcher plants and sundews, as well as many species of marshland shrubs, abound on the raised clumps of sphagnum. It is so rare that one can paddle back into such a beautiful, unspoiled peatland that this alone makes a trip to Five Kezar ponds worthwhile. Prominent fish species: brook trout, smallmouth 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)

Mud Pond is a splendid example of a peatland minerotrophic fen. Scientists recently decided to distinguish between raised peatlands with no streams flowing through, calling them bogs, and peatlands on slopes with water flowing through, calling them fens. The shrubby environment of Mud Pond is a haven for beaver, which have opened watery paths to higher ground in order to drag succulent branches of alder, paper birch, and red maple back to their submerged food caches to gnaw on during the winter.

You are sure to see them at work if you paddle quietly here in the evening. Pitcher plants and sundews, as well as many species of marshland shrubs, abound on the raised clumps of sphagnum. It is so rare that one can paddle back into such a beautiful, unspoiled peatland that this alone makes a trip to Five Kezar ponds worthwhile. Prominent fish species: brook trout, smallmouth bass, and chain pickerel.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Waterford
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS North Waterford
Driving Directions: Directions to Five Kezar Ponds

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