Nicatous Lake

Howland, Maine

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Nicatous Lake is much more accessible than many of the other large lakes in this region of eastern Maine. But it suffers from the same drawback: because the glaciers crept down out of the north in this region, most large lakes point north-south, meaning that none is paddlable when the wind is blowing strongly from the north or south. The northern and middle sections of Nicatous Lake are the most interesting. There are many, many islands, several campsites, and little development away from the boat access. In contrast, the southern end below the Narrows widens out and consequently has more open water—and more development. In all, the lake is more than nine miles long. It would take several days to explore the entire shoreline and all of the islands. One gets the feeling that this lake does not get much motorboat traffic, especially on the north end. It is in a beautiful setting, with forested hillsides all around. Prominent fish species: smallmouth bass, 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)

Nicatous Lake is much more accessible than many of the other large lakes in this region of eastern Maine. But it suffers from the same drawback: because the glaciers crept down out of the north in this region, most large lakes point north-south, meaning that none is paddlable when the wind is blowing strongly from the north or south. The northern and middle sections of Nicatous Lake are the most interesting. There are many, many islands, several campsites, and little development away from the boat access.

In contrast, the southern end below the Narrows widens out and consequently has more open water—and more development. In all, the lake is more than nine miles long. It would take several days to explore the entire shoreline and all of the islands. One gets the feeling that this lake does not get much motorboat traffic, especially on the north end. It is in a beautiful setting, with forested hillsides all around. Prominent fish species: smallmouth bass, white perch, and chain pickerel.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Howland
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 Gassabias Lake, Spring Lake, West Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Nicatous Lake

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