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Long Pond Professional Review and Guide
"Long Pond personifies quietwater paddling: it is remote, filled with wildlife, completely undeveloped, and surrounded by mountains. Despite its relatively small size (124 acres), Long Pond has plenty of shoreline to cover, since it is almost 1.0-mile long and has several spruce-covered islands. You easily can spend an entire morning or afternoon here exploring the coves, watching wildlife, and taking in the views of Mount Moosilauke. Backcountry camping is allowed in the surrounding forest, but not on the islands in the pond."
--Jerry & Marcy Monkman, Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
Very quite pond, must take a short uphill dirt road to access, plenty of parking area, and a restroom is available on site, didn't inspect the quality of it though. Also there are picnic tables and grills to cook lunch on. We went on a Tuesday afternoon which may be why it was not so crowded. The lake has about 10 islands that are perfect for stopping for a break. Camping is not allowed on any of them but there are remnants of campfires on some of the islands. When we where there we saw a family of ducks, and two loons with a baby, also we found 3 separate beaver dens, but did not actually see any beavers. Definitely is an excellent afternoon lake to explore, you can spend an hour or an entire day exploring the quiet waters.
The pristine waters of Long Pond in Benton, N.H. in the New Hampshire National Forest is one of the finest places to put in a kayak. It is peaceful, read NO power boats to mar the peacefulness of the paddling experience. The pond is about two and one half miles around the perimeter with coves and offshoots to explore. The many islands add to the interest of the trip. Though I only saw a few ducks and two loons, the birds and animals are numerous.
On Monday, September 17th the air was a bit chilly, 56 degrees, but the sun and calm water made me forget the temperature and enjoy the scenery. In an other three weeks when the foliage turns to it’s bright colors, that pond would be a wonderland to paddle.
Long Pond is one mile in length and shallow, four to eight feet deep. I have been told that there are trout in spite of the shallow water.
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