Pocomoonshine, Mud, and Crawford Lakes

Calais, Maine

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We recommend that you not try this entire trip in the late summer or anytime when water is low. Below Crawford Lake, we had to walk our boats for about three miles through boulder-laden riffles, seriously scratching our shins and boats to about the same degree. In the spring during higher water, you supposedly can sail right through this stretch. According to the AMC River Guide, the modest rapids are suitable for people with limited whitewater experience. Prominent fish species: smallmouth bass, white perch, and chain pickerel; largemouth bass in the river; eel at the outlet dam on Crawford Lake. These two lakes are considered among the best smallmouth bass lakes in Maine.
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)

We recommend that you not try this entire trip in the late summer or anytime when water is low. Below Crawford Lake, we had to walk our boats for about three miles through boulder-laden riffles, seriously scratching our shins and boats to about the same degree.

In the spring during higher water, you supposedly can sail right through this stretch. According to the AMC River Guide, the modest rapids are suitable for people with limited whitewater experience. Prominent fish species: smallmouth bass, white perch, and chain pickerel; largemouth bass in the river; eel at the outlet dam on Crawford Lake. These two lakes are considered among the best smallmouth bass lakes in Maine.

©  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 Princeton, Crawford Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Pocomoonshine, Mud, and Crawford Lakes

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