This is a wonderful place for an easy after work paddle or freshwater fishing trip. Public access with good parking is at Stevenson Park off West Front Street. There is a dirt boat ramp (for lack of a better term) in a wooded area just past the first parking spots.
The beginning of the paddle (about 100 yards) is through a small tributary to the lake. Stay to the left or you'll find the shallows quickly! It quickly opens up, but you'll want to stay to the left until you pass the floating fishing dock as the area to the right is quite shallow and is home to a family of swans. A word of warning, during breeding and brooding season, they can be very territorial, so give them a wide berth if you see the family on the water.
The lake quickly opens up and you'll paddle about 1/4 mile through a wide channel surrounded by lily pads. Past the pads, it's deep water all the way to the bulkhead at the far end of the lake at Hubbard Road. There is a dam and spillway on the right end of the bulkhead, so stay clear of the hazard.
Shadow Lake has trout stocked waters and also has an abundance of pan fish and largemouth bass. I've pulled quite a few in near the lily pads on the west end of the lake. The lake is also home to many birds, including Great Blue Heron, Egrets, the usual ducks and geese, and on the Eastern half we often see Osprey diving for fish.
From Red Bank, go West on West Front Street, under the railroad bridge. Stevenson Park is about a mile out of town on the right. It's a dirt road into the park, but the parking areas are paved.
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