Douglas Pond

Palmyra, Maine

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Douglas Pond is a natural pond enhanced by a small dam on the Sebasticook River. Much of the pond is part of the Madawaska Marsh Game Management Area, set aside primarily as duck and fish breeding habitat. Because this water is popular with fishermen, you will not paddle alone here, but few people actually paddle back into the marsh itself, where you will find acres of solitude. There are acres and acres of cattails, rushes, and pickerelweed as the channel broadens out into the shallow pond. Except perhaps in late summer, you should be able to paddle way back into the marsh, where you are likely to see wood duck, muskrat, pickerelweed, arrowhead, great blue heron, and red-winged blackbirds—to mention only a few.
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)

Douglas Pond is a natural pond enhanced by a small dam on the Sebasticook River. Much of the pond is part of the Madawaska Marsh Game Management Area, set aside primarily as duck and fish breeding habitat. Because this water is popular with fishermen, you will not paddle alone here, but few people actually paddle back into the marsh itself, where you will find acres of solitude.

There are acres and acres of cattails, rushes, and pickerelweed as the channel broadens out into the shallow pond. Except perhaps in late summer, you should be able to paddle way back into the marsh, where you are likely to see wood duck, muskrat, pickerelweed, arrowhead, great blue heron, and red-winged blackbirds—to mention only a few.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Palmyra
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip, camping available
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Ringwood Campground
Local Maps: USGS Pittsfield
Driving Directions: Directions to Douglas Pond

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