Oak Park Lake trip

A trip report by Roger Newell

This past summer I did a day trip on Oak Park Lake, one of our local lakes near my home. This lake is really three lakes connected by canoeable channels.  My put-in for this trip was a short stillwater which leads to the upper lake located off  highway #103 near the Yarmouth/Shelburne county line.  A short paddle up this brook brought me to the upper lake.  The trip across the lake was uneventful except for seeing a few ducks.  I entered the second lake and paddled in and around some of the islands at the upper end of the lake. stopping at one of the islands for a swim and lunch. After lunch I paddled down to the channel which leads to the lower lake.  As I approached I saw a deer swimming across the narrows but too far away to get a good picture. I entered the lower lake and spent a few hours exploring the familier coves and bays and over to where Downeys River begins its journey to the sea. It was getting late so I paddled down to the end of the lake and took out where an old tote road leads into the lake from the Oak Park Road. Another good day on the water. Click on pictures to expand them.

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