Third and Fourth Roach Ponds

Kokadjo, Maine

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Third and Fourth Roach ponds are a little difficult to get into, but are well worth the effort. These remote, exciting ponds abound in wildlife. If you camp at the southeast end of Third Roach Pond you will likely have the whole place to yourself—along with the moose, deer, otter, eagles, and other wildlife that abounds. During two days on these ponds in late July, we saw four moose, including one very large bull, two somewhat smaller bulls, and a cow; a deer with two fawns; two otters; quite a few loons, including one pair with two chicks; a large family of common mergansers; and an eagle. In the amount and variety of wildlife we have seen, these ponds rank near the top. The woodland extending away from the generally rocky shoreline around most of the two ponds is typical of northern Maine, consisting of spruce, balsam fir, white pine, cedar, and paper birch. On the long point of land extending south into Fourth Roach Pond, however, you will see a very different red-pine forest. Red pine produces open forest cover. You can get out and walk, picnic, or camp under a red-pine canopy very easily, unlike most other forest types in this area. Prominent fish species: brook trout.
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)

Third and Fourth Roach ponds are a little difficult to get into, but are well worth the effort. These remote, exciting ponds abound in wildlife. If you camp at the southeast end of Third Roach Pond you will likely have the whole place to yourself—along with the moose, deer, otter, eagles, and other wildlife that abounds. During two days on these ponds in late July, we saw four moose, including one very large bull, two somewhat smaller bulls, and a cow; a deer with two fawns; two otters; quite a few loons, including one pair with two chicks; a large family of common mergansers; and an eagle. In the amount and variety of wildlife we have seen, these ponds rank near the top.

The woodland extending away from the generally rocky shoreline around most of the two ponds is typical of northern Maine, consisting of spruce, balsam fir, white pine, cedar, and paper birch. On the long point of land extending south into Fourth Roach Pond, however, you will see a very different red-pine forest. Red pine produces open forest cover. You can get out and walk, picnic, or camp under a red-pine canopy very easily, unlike most other forest types in this area. Prominent fish species: brook trout.

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

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Kokadjo
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Backpack or day trip
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Maine Forest Service, Moosehead District
Local Maps: USGS Wadleigh Mountain, Farrar Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Third and Fourth Roach Ponds

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