Boston Kayaker

On Massabesic Lake - in Auburn NH

Rating: Two Stars - This lake is massive best toured in two trips, one for the western section and another day for the eastern section. I paddled the western pond from the Route 128 bridge and pleasantly surprised by the unspoiled lake this close to a big city. Clear water, rocky shores, dense forests, good trip!

  Trip 1: Put in at Route 28
  bridge in Auburn NH.
Paddle south on western
  section and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 4+ miles
No boating on
  western edge.
  Trip 2: Put in at Manchester Road
  / Route 121 in Auburn NH.
Paddle around eastern
  section and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 5+ miles
Lake Massabesic
  recreation area.
  Lake named from Abenaki word
  meaning "place of much water".
Swimming or wading
  prohibited on lake.
Massabesic Audubon
Can beach on
  Brown Island.

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to determine the legality, suitability and safety of this route for yourself.

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On Massabesic Lake - in Auburn NH

Other resources:
Manchester NH: Boating On Lake Massabesic
Manchester NH: Lake Massabesic Depth Contour Map
REI Guidepost: Massabesic Lake
NH Audubon Society: Massabesic Audubon Center
Massabesic Lake Kayak Trip Report (with pictures) Massabesic Lake

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At Massabesic Lake Recreation Area.
Trip date September 2012.

I came here just to have a look and will launch on Route 28 bridge.

Lake Massabesic from the rec area.

At the Route 28 bridge over the Massabesic.

Just launched at Lake Massabesic from the Route 28 bridge.

There's my son on the bridge.

I remember telling my son: "See you in hour and a half!"

Just entered the western section of Massabesic Lake.

A couple of kayakers on Lake Massabesic.

I am hugging the eastern coast . . .

Passing dark clouds.

A cormorant on Lake Massabesic.

The rocky shores of Massabesic Lake.

Continuing on my southern paddle.

Hugging ducks.

I can see clear at least 3 feet.

I will be go around that island to my right and start my paddle back.

Now facing north, I can see the full western Lake Massabesic.

The buoy markers are clearly labelled: "NO TRESPASSING WEST OF THIS LINE".

Landed. Trip was 1 hour 40+ minutes.