Guided Paddle on Lake Wicwas

Join us for a scenic guided paddle on Lake Wicwas in Meredith offered in partnership with the Lake Wicwas Association. Participants will tour the eastern shore and center of the lake, viewing a number of properties conserved by LRCT and other organizations.

Lake Wicwas covers 328 acres bordered by forested conservation lands, marshes and residences.  The irregular shape and many islands contribute to its beauty and popularity with canoes, kayaks and sail craft.

The lake and its shores provides a rich habitat for loons, deer, herons, moose, cormorants, bear, ducks, beaver, mink, muskrat, bobcat, bass, pickerel, perch, horn pout, and crappies.  During the paddle, participants will explore the shoreline of LRCT’s Roger W. Harris Natural Area and Roger W. Harris Natural Area Conservation Easement, totaling approximately 61 acres with 3,600 feet of pristine shoreline, as well as the recently conserved Emmons-Cohen property, Smith Island, and the Marion Family Trust Preserve totaling about 35 acres with nearly one mile of shoreline.  Finally, we will enjoy the view west across the lake to the 305-acre Hamlin Forest and other land conserved by the Town of Meredith.

The round trip distance of this paddle will be approximately 4 miles. The level of difficulty is moderate, but please keep in mind that weather conditions on that day may affect the difficulty.

Details: Guides and participants will meet at 8:30 am to unload and prepare for the paddle; the paddle will begin at 9:00 am and expected to return by 11 am. Launching and parking information is described in the directions below.

Registration: Participation is limited and registration is required. Please contact our trip leader, Scott Powell at or by calling 603-279-7449 to register and if you have any questions about the trip.

Canoes/Kayaks: Participants are expected to bring their own canoes/kayaks and personal flotation devices.

Bring/Wear: Canoe/kayak and paddle(s); personal flotation device (life jacket); plenty of water; snacks/lunch.  Dress appropriately for the weather; bring raingear/warm layers if needed. You may also consider bringing sunscreen; a whistle, bug repellent, and a waterproof bag for your supplies.

Note: Participants on LRCT paddling excursions are required to wear a life jacket during the excursion.

Cancellation/Rain Date: In the event of inclement weather, you will be contacted if we’ve decided to postpone the event. We have a rain date set for the following Sunday, August 13 at the same time.

Dog Policy: To ensure the safety and comfort of participants, we are not able to accommodate dogs on our trips.

Launching (and Return) Point and Directions: The boat launch and parking area for this trip is located at the South Eastern point of the lake on Chemung Rd.

GPS Coordinates (43°36’17.3″N 71°33’02.2″W  43.604796, -71.550605)

From Rt. 3 in Meredith take NH- 104 West for 3.1 miles. Turn left onto Dow Rd. for .2 miles, turn left on to Meredith Center Rd. for .6 miles, and turn right on to Chemung Rd. for 1.1 miles. The launch will be on your right.