Paddle around the bog mats at the center of this biologically rich reservoir. This 226-acre reservoir in the George Washington Management Area used to be all bog, but these days it’s much more paddler-friendly. A few bog mats remain, anchored to the bottom of the reservoir by tree roots, in the middle of the reservoir. They make for an interesting exploration as long as you don’t try to walk on them. Growing on the bog mats are a collection of unique bog plants such as laurel, rosemary, and dwarf mistletoe, which sprouts from black spruce trees.
The waters are rich for fishing here—bass, perch, pickerel, and catfish can all be found; in winter, otters have been spotted scrambling across the ice of the reservoir. The reservoir has rocky shores, with large swaths of granite jutting out into the water. Flora growing along the shore includes oak, birch, pine, and mountain laurel as well as blueberry bushes and pepperbush. This flooded bog promotes rich water-plant growth; fanwort and bladderwort grow underwater, while lilies float on the surface. Hiking trails meander through the woods that surround much of the reservoir to the west and north, and birds that visit these woodlands include warblers, thrushes, hawks, and owls.
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