Low's Lower Dam to Low's Upper Dam/ Hitchins Pond
Puma and I set out to explore the section of river between the dams on October 8th, 2019.
Initially the river remains narrow above the dam. Nice cliff formations and rocks line the banks in the narrows. Soon the channel widens with numerous sections of marshy shoreline. The route seems to have several passages, and may not seem obvious. After paddling upstream the correct line usually stands out. The water remains quite shallow with the weedy bottom usually visible.
|Puma leading the way|
|The narrow start above the Lower Dam|
|Cliffs and rocks in the narrows|
|Ledges above Hitchins Pond|
|The shoreline reflecting|
While paddling through the pond, I commented to Puma how the habitat seemed appropriate for moose. Minutes later, I saw something large and dark on the right shore. It moved, and sure enough it was a moose. We remained at a distance so it didn't return to the woods.
|Moose on far shore|
After looking toward us, it entered the pond. It must have been on a mission because it kept going. We watched for about five minutes as the moose swam across the pond to the opposite shore. As it exited the water, it shook itself off. It stopped and looked at us, almost posing for one last photo. It casually wandered out of sight into the woods. Living in Maine, we have both seen moose in the wild. This encounter was a truly unique experience however. We never saw a moose take to the water and swim. It's difficult to see in the photos, but the moose had small antlers and was likely a year old bull. The next series of photos captures the moose from shore to shore. Click on the photos to enlarge them. Also notice the foliage in the background on the fourth photo.
After enjoying our moose encounter, we continued to the Upper Dam. We explored the area around the dam on foot. Numerous old stone foundations stand around the dam site. A hiking trail also climbs to the ledges above offering a view of the lake and surrounding area. It's possible to continue above the dam on Low's Lake. The lake features dozens of campsites and makes a great extended paddling destination.
|Ledges above Hitchins Pond|
|Old chimney near Upper Dam|
On our return, we visited the north end of Hitchins Pond. We casually paddled back to the lower dam covering about 6 miles roundtrip. Our early October paddle came just in time for colorful foliage.
|Entering the north bay of Hitchins Pond|
|Color along the shore|
|Map of the area, the moose was spotted along campsite 5|
Bog River above Bog River Falls
The Bog River offers flat water paddling above its outflow into Tupper Lake. Above Bog River Falls, flat water allows paddlers to navigate upstream about 2.5 miles. At this point the river hits rapids and upstream paddling becomes too difficult for a leisurely outing. For a casual river paddle one can cover 5 miles roundtrip from the falls. A light current allows for an easy return trip.
|Heading up the Bog River|
|Rocks add some feature|
The river in this stretch remains mellow. A few sections of rocks give the otherwise placid water a little bit of feature. Despite the rocks, the current remains calm. The river travels through a mixed forest with the occasional marshland along the shoreline. We hit this section of river as the leaves were starting to get some color.
|Tomcat working his way down the river|
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