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  Crescent to Sebago Lake Maine
  Posted by: acre on Jul-23-13 12:14 PM (EST)

Crescent Lake to Sebago Lake, Raymond/Windham Maine

Last weekend I did a nice half day trip in southern Maine near Sebago Lake, since folks occasionally ask about canoeing in this area I thought I would do a report.

I put in at the south end of Crescent Lake at the public boat launch. A short quarter mile paddle southeast leads to the outlet and the tunnel under rte 11. A very pleasant mile long stream eventually leads to Panther Pond. The stream is full of wildlife, along with plenty of songbirds, I saw a great blue heron, a loon, and a glimpse of a bittern.

Panther Pond has some boat traffic but if you do the trip early in the morning it shouldnít be an issue, this avoids the afternoon wind as well. The pond is just shy of 3 miles long and itís best to stay to the east side. Itís nice paddling on a pretty typical populated Maine lake. There are plenty of nice old camps and some newer cottages. I did see a group of three loons who seem to be curious about my canoe, they got pretty close.

The outlet is in the south west corner of the lake down a pretty stream that ends at a dam. At the dam, take out on the right and carry over the road, around the gate, and down to the bottom of the outlet pool, this is Panther Run. I lined over 30 feet of shallow water and then put in. If thereís enough water here to float your boat itís an easy but twisting 1.3 mile paddle to the take out. The narrow winding stream eventually leads to another tunnel, this time under Rte 302. On the other side of the tunnel is a small memorial park where I took out. This is at the end of Jordan Bay on Sebago Lake.

Total distance about 5.5 miles. Good wild life viewing, one easy 200ft carry, and some very pleasant paddling.

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  Yup thats my trip to go to the library
  Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-24-13 9:58 PM (EST)
well most of it. I take out at Mill St and walk the block to the library. Walk back to my boat and paddle back up Panther Pond and the Tenney River to my home halfway down Crescent Lake.

We have some eagle problems. They have moved in and are snacking on loon chicks. There is a big eagle aerie on the southernmost island. That's the way Nature operates. Also a HUGE beaver lodge on Bartlett Creek.


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