Join us in partnership with NH Audubon and the Newfound Lake Region Association (NLRA) on a guided paddle on Newfound Lake. This paddling excursion will provide participants with the opportunity to view conserved lands by water and to explore dramatic aquatic landscapes first-hand. Learn about the natural history of this beautiful area and the recent conservation efforts of all three organizations.
LRCT’s Sugarloaf Ridge – Goose Pond Conservation Area, overlooking Newfound Lake, includes 400 magnificent acres and encompasses the landmark ridgelines of Big and Little Sugarloaf and much of the shoreline of pristine Goose Pond. Because of the extraordinary generosity of two exceptional donors, Chris Keppelman and Andy McLane, both of Bridgewater, it was possible to acquire the property for conservation. NLRA holds a conservation easement on this property.
We’ll also explore Grey Rocks Conservation Area, a 29.38-acre property which was donated to NLRA with a conservation easement donated to LRCT in 2011 by Andy and Linda McLane. This conservation area preserves thousands of feet of shoreline on the Cockermouth River, conserves significant wildlife habitat, and protects water quality.
NH Audubon’s Paradise Point Nature Center and Wildlife sanctuary, located on the north shore of Newfound Lake, includes 43 acres with 3,500 feet of rocky, unspoiled lakeshore. In the early 1960s, Colonel and Mrs. Alcott Elwell gave this property to the New Hampshire Charitable Fund, who donated it to the Audubon Society of New Hampshire in 1966. Through a challenge grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Fund, contributors, and volunteers, Paradise Point Nature Center was constructed in 1969 to offer environmental education services to people of all ages.
Newfound Lake is a glacial lake that is noted for its depth, clarity, and purity. A deep river valley before the glaciers, the ice sheet scoured it deeper and then filled the valley with glacial debris. The debris dammed that water to form a very deep lake – even deeper than it is now – and presently it reaches a depth of 180 feet.
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 return at approximately 11 am. Launching and parking information is described in the directions below.
Canoes/Kayaks: Participants are welcome to bring their own canoes/kayaks and personal flotation devices, however, rentals are available through NH Audubon. Please contact them for additional details.
Cost: All LRCT guided excursions are free to all.
Bring/Wear: Canoe/kayak and paddles (Unless renting); personal flotation device (life jacket); plenty of water; snacks. Dress appropriately for the weather; bring raingear/warm layers if needed. You may also consider bringing sunscreen, whistle, flashlight, bug repellent, waterproof bag for your supplies.
Note: Participants on LRCT paddling excursions are required to wear a life jacket during the excursion.
Cancellation/Postponement: In the event of inclement weather, notice of cancellation will be posted on our website and Facebook page.
Dog Policy: To ensure the safety and comfort of participants, we are not able to accommodate dogs on our trips.
Launching (and Return) Point: We will be launching from Paradise Point at Newfound Audubon Center in Hebron. Participants with their own boats can drive past the parking lot and up to the building to unload their gear and then return their vehicle to the parking lot for the duration of the paddle. Assistance will be provided for carrying boats down to the waterfront (approximately 300 ft. downhill via trail).
From Bristol: Go north on Route 3A for nine miles through East Hebron. Turn left onto North Shore Road. Paradise Point sign is on left after one mile, at the head of driveway.
From Plymouth: Take Route 25 West to Route 3A South. Travel five miles south, turn right onto North Shore Road. Paradise Point sign is on left after one mile, at the head of driveway.
See Google Maps for directions.