Bearce Lake

Meddybemps, Maine

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Bearce Lake is a long way from anywhere, unless you happen to live in Calais on the New Brunswick border. But Bearce Lake provides a great place to paddle for a variety of reasons, and it is worth a trip if you have some time. First, it lies within the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The part of the refuge containing Bearce Lake, 4,680 acres in all, has been designated a Wilderness Area by act of Congress. In practical terms, this means no motors, no roads, and no human development. The refuge was set aside to provide unspoiled habitat for the American woodcock, a strange-looking bird (but perhaps not to other woodcock) with an inordinately long bill, which it uses to probe the mud of alder swamps and other wetlands for whatever wiggles. What are perhaps more interesting to most visitors, however, are the nesting bald eagles. As many as three pairs have nested at a time on the refuge.
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)

Bearce Lake is a long way from anywhere, unless you happen to live in Calais on the New Brunswick border. But Bearce Lake provides a great place to paddle for a variety of reasons, and it is worth a trip if you have some time. First, it lies within the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The part of the refuge containing Bearce Lake, 4,680 acres in all, has been designated a Wilderness Area by act of Congress. In practical terms, this means no motors, no roads, and no human development. The refuge was set aside to provide unspoiled habitat for the American woodcock, a strange-looking bird (but perhaps not to other woodcock) with an inordinately long bill, which it uses to probe the mud of alder swamps and other wetlands for whatever wiggles. What are perhaps more interesting to most visitors, however, are the nesting bald eagles. As many as three pairs have nested at a time on the refuge.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Meddybemps
Distance: 3
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Meddybemps Lake East
Driving Directions: Directions to Bearce Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2006
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This was a great paddling experience, we were the only two people on the entire lake the day we went, a Tuesday. We saw bald eagles but not much other wildlife, although a huge beaver dam is present. This was an incredibly peaceful lake to explore and a completely relaxing experience, highly recommended.



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