Passamagamet Lake Paddling

Locally popular flatwater paddle to large lake with sandy beaches and no road access.
Trail Activity
Length
8.4 miles, Round Trip
Difficulty
Moderate
Town
T1 R9 WELS
Surface
River/Stream, Lake/Pond
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

Passamagamet Lake is a large, secluded lake connected to the West Branch Penobscot River near Ambajejus Lake. The lake is about 2.3 miles long, with a wide sandy beach backed by a large marsh on the east end and a narrower west end with a couple of sheltered backwaters. The sandy beach is a popular day-use and overnight destination for motorized and non-motorized watercraft.

For paddlers, Passamagamet Lake is most easily reached from a hand-carry boat launch at the Grant Brook Road Bridge over the Penobscot River. The area can also be reached by paddling across Ambajejus Lake from the Spencer Cove public boat launch. This would add about 7 miles of paddling, round-trip.

Paddlers interested in a longer trip should consider adding Passamagamet Lake to other destinations along the Penobscot River Corridor. See the Maine Trail Finder connector trail posting for the West Branch Penobscot River for more information.

Trail Manager

For more information, contact the Katahdin Area Trails:

Katahdin Area Trails
PO Box 669
Millinocket, ME 04462
katahdinareatrails@gmail.com

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Trailhead Information

From Millinocket travel about 10 miles up the Baxter Park Road and turn left at the junction marked "Allagash." This short connecting road quickly comes to the Golden Road. Turn right, travel less than one mile and turn left onto the unsigned "Grant Brook Road." Continue on this road 2.7 miles to the bridge.

[Warning: the Golden Road is a private logging road, all visitors must yield to log trucks]

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Safety
Be a Safe and Respectful Paddler
Paddling conditions will vary according to the weather and season, so always exercise caution and always wear a lifejacket. With good judgment and proper equipment, the risk associated with paddling can be minimized. Respect the natural world and the rights of landowners, and be considerate of other outdoor enthusiasts. Paddlers should seek to avoid causing erosion, trampling vegetation, disturbing wildlife, and harming water quality.
Roads
Logging Road Access
Access to the trailhead/put-in is on gravel logging roads managed and maintained to transport timber. Be aware that logging trucks have the right of way and be prepared to pull to the side of the road when encountering logging trucks. Do not park in the travel portion of the road or block side roads. Yield to any equipment working on roads.
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