Mount Desert Island

Acadia National Park, Maine

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Known primarily for its craggy shorelines, deep harbors, sailboats, tide pools, lobsters, and coastal vacationing, Mount Desert Island also offers some surprisingly nice fresh-water lake and pond canoeing. The island extends roughly fifteen miles north to south and twelve miles east to west, and is one of Maine’s most popular vacation spots. Acadia National Park, comprising about half of this rocky island, is the oldest national park east of the Mississippi and the second most visited in the country, with more than four million visitors per year. Nestled among the majestic granite peaks of the island are four fresh-water lakes and ponds that we highly recommend for paddling. Prominent fish species: Long Pond: salmon, smallmouth bass, and chain pickerel. Seal Cove Pond: brook trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, and perch. Eagle Lake: salmon, lake trout, and brook trout. Jordan Pond: salmon, lake trout, and brook trout.
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)

Known primarily for its craggy shorelines, deep harbors, sailboats, tide pools, lobsters, and coastal vacationing, Mount Desert Island also offers some surprisingly nice fresh-water lake and pond canoeing. The island extends roughly fifteen miles north to south and twelve miles east to west, and is one of Maine’s most popular vacation spots. Acadia National Park, comprising about half of this rocky island, is the oldest national park east of the Mississippi and the second most visited in the country, with more than four million visitors per year.

Nestled among the majestic granite peaks of the island are four fresh-water lakes and ponds that we highly recommend for paddling. Prominent fish species: Long Pond: salmon, smallmouth bass, and chain pickerel. Seal Cove Pond: brook trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass, and perch. Eagle Lake: salmon, lake trout, and brook trout. Jordan Pond: salmon, lake trout, and brook trout.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Acadia National Park
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip, camping available
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Acadia National Park
Local Maps: USGS Southwest Harbor, Bartlett Island, Seal Harbor, Salsbury Cove, Bar Harbor
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Desert Island

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