West Grand Lake

West Grand Lake near Lincoln, ME

This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
10 miles
Sea Kayaking
Lincoln, ME
User starfox86

West Grand Lake in Eastern Maine is perhaps, one of the most serene areas for kayaking I have ever been to. Located less than twenty miles from the border with Canada, this series of interconnected lakes offers unspoiled vacationland, with almost no motor traffic and minimal cottages. There are several camping areas throughout the lake region and are all in good condition, often with firepits and picnic tables. Beware however of squirrels, as they will ravenously chew through dry-bags to get to your food. Depending on how far you go, you can kayak anywhere from two to five days. The lakes can get choppy if the wind picks up, so if you are inexperienced, try to stay close to shore. Best place to put in: Grand Lake Stream, where there is also great camping. Fire permits are required and can be obtained through rangers office's.


Take I-95 from Bangor north to exit 227 and head into Lincoln. Follow highway 6 out of Lincoln east to Topsfield. Turn south onto US-1 and follow it to Waite. There is a sign that points to Grand Lake Stream, turn right and follow the road. The road will become dirt, but keep on following until you see a sign (quite small, so keep a sharp eye out) for Grand Lake Stream and Dam, follow this road (4WD recommended) until you come to the dam, drive over the dam and park in the clearing. You can put in on either side of the dam, depending which way you want to go. On the road from Waite, there is a small general store that makes good sandwiches and sells the basics. Have Fun!


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