Stevens Pond

Liberty, Maine

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Very tall white pines dominate the shorelines of both the mainland and the large island. They seem to thrive on the thin soil above the hard granite outcroppings. In contrast, hardwoods need more soil for their taproots, which generally go straight down. This explains, at least in part, the dearth of very large hardwoods along most of these granite-laden shorelines, while at the same time the white pines and other conifers can grow to great size there. One wonders, however, how such a thin layer of soil can support such towering trees. Perhaps they wedge their roots into the fissures in the underlying rocks. Prominent fish species: smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, white perch, and chain pickerel (brown trout have been introduced recently).
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)

Very tall white pines dominate the shorelines of both the mainland and the large island. They seem to thrive on the thin soil above the hard granite outcroppings. In contrast, hardwoods need more soil for their taproots, which generally go straight down.

This explains, at least in part, the dearth of very large hardwoods along most of these granite-laden shorelines, while at the same time the white pines and other conifers can grow to great size there. One wonders, however, how such a thin layer of soil can support such towering trees. Perhaps they wedge their roots into the fissures in the underlying rocks. Prominent fish species: smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, white perch, and chain pickerel (brown trout have been introduced recently).

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Liberty
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Washington, Liberty
Driving Directions: Directions to Stevens Pond

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