Guided Excursion: Paddle to Stonedam Island

LRCT Guided Excursions

Lake Winnipesaukee Paddle to Stonedam Island with Rick Van De Poll

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Join us on Tuesday, July 21, at 8:30 AM for a scenic and enjoyable guided paddle with Rick Van de Poll and LRCT’s Land and Stewardship Director, Dave Mallard. This paddle will take you from Meredith Neck to LRCT’s Stonedam Island Conservation Area, a 112-acre property with 2.7 miles of undeveloped shoreline acquired by LRCT in 1982. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about one of the most significant undeveloped island parcels on the Lake.

Dr. Rick Van de Poll is the principal of Ecosystem Management Consultants (EMC) of Sandwich, NH, and has completed field-based biological inventories on over 200,000 acres of land.  He was a core faculty member of the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch New England from 1985 to 2001 and an adjunct faculty member for Plymouth State University from 2003 – 2008, and he has assisted the LRCT with land conservation projects since 1998.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Rick Pierce Memorial Fund.  This fund honors Mr. Pierce, who died in 1987 and whose family has for many years had a summer camp on Meredith Neck.  The Pierce family has long been dedicated supporters of conservation and educational efforts involving Lake Winnipesaukee and particularly Stonedam Island, and Mr. Pierce’s father and sister both served as members of the LRCT Board of Trustees.  LRCT is extremely grateful for the family’s support and commitment to conservation over many years.

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. Launching and parking information is described in the directions below.

Registration: Registration will be limited to 10 participants. Please register by sending an email to Registration will be first come, first serve.

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, we will stop for a lunch break along the way.  Dress appropriately for the weather; bring raingear/warm layers if needed and appropriate footwear. You may also consider bringing sunscreen; whistle; bug repellent; waterproof bag for your supplies.

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

Cancellation: In the event of inclement weather, you will be notified of cancellation via email by 7 pm Monday, July 20nd. The rain date will be Tuesday, July 28.

Children’s Participation:  We cannot accommodate young children on this paddle trip.  Please check in with us in advance if you are considering bringing older children on this guided excursion, to ensure the trip is appropriate for their skill level.

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 guided paddle will depart from Cattle Landing in Meredith. The Cattle Landing public boat launch and docks are located near the end of Meredith Neck Road. From the traffic lights at the intersection of Routes 3 and 25 in Meredith proceed 800 feet east and bear right into Pleasant Street which merges with Barnard Ridge Road at 1.0 miles to become Meredith Neck Road. Continue 4.0 miles to Cattle Landing. Parking is on the right; launch site is on the left at a sandy beach adjacent to the docks. LRCT paddling excursion guides will already be there waiting for participants.