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Garland Pond Professional Review and Guide
"Set among scenic hillsides, garland Pond offers protected waters to paddle. Look for water marigold among the many aquatic plants. This is a good location for wood duck, great blue heron, and muskrat, and you might see moose, beaver, and otter."
--John Hayes, Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
Garland Pond is relatively small, but beautiful. There are a couple small inlets and you may be able to pick up over a few small dams and go further, but we didn't. We went in the afternoon and there were lots of frogs and dragonflies and Lily pads. If I did it again I'd go in the early morning because it looks like a good animal viewing spot. The path to parking is not well-maintained. Recommend: SUV or 4x4.
Directions are important because we wouldn't find it otherwise. From the junction of routes 109 and 25 at Holland Street in the center of Moultonborough, go west on route 25 for approximately ½ mile. Turn right onto Garland Pond Road (the road is marked, but it looks like you are pulling into a private drive). Follow the dirt road past a house on the left and look for The Nature Conservancy sign and small parking area on the right. Please note that the road into this point is a bit rough but can be passed by a passenger vehicle. For boat access, you will be required to portage your boat from this point a few hundred feet up along the pond shore to a small boat launch. Access to the boat launch by vehicle is currently unavailable due to a washed out culvert. Please do not drive through the field to the boat launch (signs are posted).
We only did lake Tarleton while in the area but plan to come back to do Lake Armingotn. This lake is nice and calm with no current and little waves. Motor boats and other water craft are allowed on the lake which does disturb the peacefulness of the lake. When we visited (on a Friday) we had the luck of seeing a large deer cross the lake right in front of us, and were told by a local police officer checking on the lake when we left, that there is a moose that comes there every morning for a dip in the lake, but you must get there around 6 AM before the crowd. The water in the lake is incredibly clear for one that allows gas powered equipment, it's so clear you would think it's okay to drink. There is only one island to stop on for a break, it is also a popular spot for the birds and is covered in their "leavings". There is also a youth camp on the lake, so there is usually a few other kayakers and canoeurs on the lake, along with a few tubers and water skiers. They do go in for lunch and other activities to allow some peace and quite for other visitors. We canoed around the perimeter of the lake and spent a good afternoon exploring and enjoying the water. Definitely an excellent day trip.
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