Clifford Lake and Silver Pug Lake

Calais, Maine

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Clifford Lake is a beautiful spot: remote, undeveloped, and small enough that you don’t feel too exposed in an open canoe. The lake has a horseshoe configuration, with the west arm connected by a stream to Silver Pug Lake. Clifford Lake has many attractive islands and granite boulders along the shore. The surrounding hillsides are covered with a variety of conifers, including spruce, red and white pine, and hemlock. During our first ten minutes on the East Arm, we saw five loons; as we traveled about the two lakes we saw several more. Unfortunately, because of the overcast and rainy weather, we missed the pair of nesting bald eagles that were in the process of fledging one young eagle in the summer of 1993. Eagles routinely return to the same nest year after year, enlarging it each spring. Prominent fish species: smallmouth bass (not many, but trophy size), white 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)

Clifford Lake is a beautiful spot: remote, undeveloped, and small enough that you don’t feel too exposed in an open canoe. The lake has a horseshoe configuration, with the west arm connected by a stream to Silver Pug Lake. Clifford Lake has many attractive islands and granite boulders along the shore. The surrounding hillsides are covered with a variety of conifers, including spruce, red and white pine, and hemlock.

During our first ten minutes on the East Arm, we saw five loons; as we traveled about the two lakes we saw several more. Unfortunately, because of the overcast and rainy weather, we missed the pair of nesting bald eagles that were in the process of fledging one young eagle in the summer of 1993. Eagles routinely return to the same nest year after year, enlarging it each spring. Prominent fish species: smallmouth bass (not many, but trophy size), white perch, and chain pickerel.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Calais
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip, camping available
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Maine Forest Service, St. Croix River District
Local Maps: USGS Clifford Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Clifford Lake and Silver Pug Lake

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