Lobster Lake

Millinocket, Maine

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Lobster Lake is a gem, certainly one of the finest canoeing and camping lakes in Maine. Lobster Lake is large (more than 3,000 acres) and shaped like the two parts of a lobster claw. The first section you reach when paddling up Lobster Stream is a large round cirque more than a mile across. This part of the lake is shallow, with a sandy bottom. Its perimeter is lined with alder swamp and sandy beaches—an odd combination because alders are more common in swampy areas with mucky soils. Prominent fish species: salmon, lake trout, brook trout, white perch, and yellow perch. Lobster lake, shaped like the two parts of a lobster claw, is certainly one of the finest paddling and camping lakes in Maine. To reach the lake, paddle up Lobster Stream from the confluence of Lobster Stream and the Penobscot River West Branch. The 2-mile paddle traverses a wide, deep stream with barely perceptible current.
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)

Lobster Lake is a gem, certainly one of the finest canoeing and camping lakes in Maine. Lobster Lake is large (more than 3,000 acres) and shaped like the two parts of a lobster claw. The first section you reach when paddling up Lobster Stream is a large round cirque more than a mile across. This part of the lake is shallow, with a sandy bottom. Its perimeter is lined with alder swamp and sandy beaches—an odd combination because alders are more common in swampy areas with mucky soils. Prominent fish species: salmon, lake trout, brook trout, white perch, and yellow perch.

Lobster lake, shaped like the two parts of a lobster claw, is certainly one of the finest paddling and camping lakes in Maine. To reach the lake, paddle up Lobster Stream from the confluence of Lobster Stream and the Penobscot River West Branch. The 2-mile paddle traverses a wide, deep stream with barely perceptible current.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Millinocket
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip, camping available
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Maine Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Lobster Mountain, Penobscot Pond, Big Spencer Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Lobster Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

7/26/2007
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Awesome getaway. Very private if you go down into Little Claw. We saw several canoes at the top end of the lake, but no one ventured down into our little hideaway. No boat motors allowed (except for the Ranger). Very easy paddling in Little Claw. Plenty of springs on the lake for fresh water. Enjoy!



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