Monday, July 20, 2009

Kayaking MacDowell Lake

Kayaking MacDowell Lake

This past weekend, Eastern Mountain Sports hosted Kayak Demos as one of the 2009 Summer Interpretive Programs at Edward MacDowell Lake. The timing worked out just right for me to get out for about hour in the middle of the afternoon on Sunday to give it a try. The Park Ranger set me up with a life jacket, paddle and kayak and off I went to explore the lake. It was an absolutely beautiful day to be out on the water. And it was so easy and so close! Now I truly understand why so many of the cars we see on the roads around here have kayak carriers on their roofs. There are lakes and ponds all over the Monadnock region just waiting to be explored. And if you don't own your own, Eastern Mountain Sports and other outfitters in the area rent the kayaks and all the necessary equipment you need (including tie-downs and foam blocks for transporting the kayak).

Although it doesn't appear that EMS will be hosting other demo days at MacDowell Lake this summer, the list of other Interpretive Programs at the lake include dam tours, guided nature walks, and even a live night raptor presentation on Sunday, August 16 from 5-7 PM.

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