Donnell Pond

Franklin, Maine

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Don’t be too discouraged by the development along the western arm of Donnell Pond. Past Little Island, Donnell Pond is largely undeveloped and a superb paddling spot on all but the busiest summer weekends—when motorboats, jet skis, and water skiers can be oppressive. To enjoy fully the beauty of Donnell Pond, paddle here on weekdays, or after Labor Day the autumn is our favorite time for canoeing—when the bugs and most of the people are gone. A deep, rocky pond covering more than a thousand acres, Donnell Pond is not very productive biologically (which keeps the water exceptionally clear). Granite boulders, bedrock, and sand beaches define much of the shoreline, with thick woodland extending back from the shore. The pond nestles beneath several mountains that rise up a thousand feet from the water’s surface. About a mile east of the boat access you will come to a cluster of islands. Great slabs of exposed granite bedrock extending down into the water dominate the largest of these, which is appropriately named Mile Island. This is a superb picnic spot. Prominent fish species: salmon, lake trout, brook trout, 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)

Don’t be too discouraged by the development along the western arm of Donnell Pond. Past Little Island, Donnell Pond is largely undeveloped and a superb paddling spot on all but the busiest summer weekends—when motorboats, jet skis, and water skiers can be oppressive. To enjoy fully the beauty of Donnell Pond, paddle here on weekdays, or after Labor Day the autumn is our favorite time for canoeing—when the bugs and most of the people are gone.

A deep, rocky pond covering more than a thousand acres, Donnell Pond is not very productive biologically (which keeps the water exceptionally clear). Granite boulders, bedrock, and sand beaches define much of the shoreline, with thick woodland extending back from the shore. The pond nestles beneath several mountains that rise up a thousand feet from the water’s surface. About a mile east of the boat access you will come to a cluster of islands. Great slabs of exposed granite bedrock extending down into the water dominate the largest of these, which is appropriately named Mile Island. This is a superb picnic spot. Prominent fish species: salmon, lake trout, brook trout, 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: Franklin
Distance: 4
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip, camping available
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Maine Forest Service, Down East District
Local Maps: USGS Sullivan
Driving Directions: Directions to Donnell Pond

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