Our area offers lots of paddling opportunities from flat water ponds and lakes to challenging swift water rocky rides. Kayaking and canoeing is a great way to see the woods and waterways of the Great North Woods. For a calm flat water experience, try East Inlet. Moose often wade out into the water and graze on the aquatic grasses which line the shores of this 60 acre pond. Another wilderness pond to try is Scott’s Bog. Located in the Connecticut Lakes Natural area, this 100 acre pond is incredibly scenic.
Bring your fly rod and fish for native brook trout. To access these ponds, travel north of Pittsburg village approximately 18 miles to East Inlet Road on your right. Cross the bridge and take a right to go a mile to East Inlet boat launch or take a left and follow the low road 2 miles to the Scott Bog boat launch. Another great spot to launch a kayak is on East Inlet Road, turn to the right headed toward East Inlet but go only a short distance and there will be a turn out on the right. The small Connecticut River is there. Follow the river out into the lake. Moose are often seen on this shore line and at the river’s mouth.
Our lakes are great places to kayak, canoe or boat as well. Access is best from all the boat launches. The larger lakes can suddenly kick up large waves on windy days so caution is advised.
To kayak the river, a great place to put in is in Canaan VT by the 114 bridge that separates NH and VT. From there paddle to Colebrook NH and take out across from the Rest Area on US Rte 3.