Third Machias Lake

Machias, Maine

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Paddling out from the boat access and indeed throughout most of the southwest arm of Third Machias Lake, one is taken by the number of beautiful, enormous granite boulders deposited at random by retreating glaciers. Many of them protrude well out into the lake, making this a very picturesque spot. Most of the shoreline is covered with conifers that retreat up the hillsides into the distance, although there is a well-developed understory right at the water’s edge, consisting of small paper birches, red maples, and a variety of shrubs. Prominent fish species: smallmouth bass, white perch, and chain pickerel; eel in the fall at the outlet.
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)

Paddling out from the boat access and indeed throughout most of the southwest arm of Third Machias Lake, one is taken by the number of beautiful, enormous granite boulders deposited at random by retreating glaciers. Many of them protrude well out into the lake, making this a very picturesque spot.

Most of the shoreline is covered with conifers that retreat up the hillsides into the distance, although there is a well-developed understory right at the water’s edge, consisting of small paper birches, red maples, and a variety of shrubs. Prominent fish species: smallmouth bass, white perch, and chain pickerel; eel in the fall at the outlet.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Machias
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 Dark Cove Mountain, Fletcher Peak, Monroe Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Third Machias Lake

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