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It was 13 dollars for a campsite, nice place, clean bathrooms and good showers. We pitched out tent and had supper, pasta and sauce and was it great. It was about 8: pm so we decided to paddle part of the lake. The water was like glass and we practically had the lake to ourselves. We kayaked about half the lake and went around the shore about 20 ft out. Lake Francis is supposed to be the lake with the most boat traffic. I guess if you go on the weekend that's probably the case. During the week it's beautiful. We saw more moose on the shore of that lake than anywhere else, probably because we paddled that lake in the evening. Lake Francis is a great lake to paddle in the evening. We did about half the lake and headed back to the campgrounds. We went for a swim and then hit the hay. I was the first one up (crack of dawn) and coerced my brother up. We then headed to the third lake. We had to drive slowly. Moose were on the sides of the roads and crossing everywhere. They remind me of big cows, I don't know how any body could hunt them, and it would be like shooting a cow. We arrived at the third lake just in time for a thunderstorm. We decided to have breakfast at a local establishment to kill some time; the breakfast was great, a lot of local color and conversation.
We returned to the third lake to find that the storm had passed and left everything vibrant and alive. The water was smooth as glass. The third lake is a very petty lake, but the best part is at the southwest corner where the Ct. River leaves the lake. Follow the river in, it's teaming with wild life, Beavers, loons. Fox and cranes. It's blocked about a half mile in by beaver dams. It was so quiet all you could hear was wildlife. We got out of the third lake about 11am and headed down to the second lake. It's probably the prettiest lake. There were no boats we had the lake to our selves. When you paddle that lake it's like paddling a post card. A lot of islands, coves. Streams to explore, plenty of wild life, deer, eagles, loons. Fox and even an otter. What a relaxing day, it was spectacular, nice paddle. We finished paddling the second lake about 5pm and headed back to the campsite. We made supper, beans and franks, when you're that hungry every thing tastes good. It was still early so we headed on down to Beecher falls to cool off. Beecher falls is located just below Lake Francis. Nice spot make sure you stop there. Cooled off and headed back to Lake Francis to finish our paddle from the previous night. The south end of the lake is built up and Route 3 runs along it from a distance. We paddled to the dam and then paddled down the far side, which was pretty. We cut across the lake and paddled down to where the Ct. River comes in. The water is cold there and it creates a fog in the evening, very cool. The water is fast moving and rapids are just a ¼ mile in. We got back about 10:30pm and hit the sack.
Got up the next morning had breakfast and headed off to the first Ct. Lake. We got there about 7am and no one was there yet. There is a boat launch at the south end of the lake. The first lake has the most boat traffic; we only counted five the whole day. Once you paddle away from shore and go around the first bend it's another world. The lake was like glass, I guess it can get pretty rough when the wind kicks up, its 3 or four miles across at its widest point. I love the first lake especially around the back side, quite, a lot of small coves and islands. We did a lot of exploring in the little inlets, plenty of wildlife and great fishing. On the north side of the lake where the Ct River comes in, look for the bald eagles doing their thing, fishing and hunting. We paddled up the Ct as far as we could, maybe ½ mile or so. We finished our paddle about 3pm; there were a lot of people at the boat launch when we got back. Mostly locals I think. We were lucky had great weather most of the time, went during the week, very few boats (more on weekends).
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles