PWA To Paddle to Burnt Island And Damariscotta Lake

an ocean paddle

The Pemaquid Watershed Association’s PWA Paddlers is offering a choice of either salt or fresh water paddles on Saturday, June 6, at 10 AM. Please arrive 20 minutes prior.

Salt Water: Burnt Island (Boothbay Harbor) – Advisory: this trip involves ocean paddling. Directions: From Damariscotta take Route 27 south 9.6 miles to the Civil War monument in Boothbay. Bear right onto Corey Lane leaving the monument on your left. At the stop sign, go straight past Back River Road. Next go past Barters Island road on your right while you make a slight left and the road turns into Lakeside Drive. Bearing right at the next fork, stay on Lakeside Drive for 2.2 miles. At the stop sign, cross over Route 27 and go straight onto McKown Point Road. Go pass Harborfields Cottages on your left and in 0.1 miles you will see Landing Road on your right. Turn right down to the boat launch ramp. You may have to park on the main road after dropping off your kayak. The duration of the paddle will be 3 hours including picnic lunch (bring your own) on the Island where there is a public rest room. Be prepared for a $2.00 entrance fee on the island. Peter Lawrence ( and Diane Gilman ( will be leading this paddle.

Fresh Water: Damariscotta Lake (Newcastle) – Directions: From Newcastle, take Route 215 North 4.0 miles to Route 213 (Bunker Hill Road). Turn right onto 213 going 2 miles to the Public Boat Launch on your right. The paddle duration is 2 hours and there is no public rest room facility. Jean Smith ( will be leading this paddle.

All paddles are free and open to the public. Paddlers must supply their own kayak or canoe, wear a personal flotation device (life jacket) and bring, or have on file with PWA, a standard release form which is available at the PWA web site or from the trip leader. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The paddle will be automatically cancelled in the event of rain. For the entire 2015 schedule, please visit the PWA web site at For any questions on a specific paddle, please contact Peter Lawrence at 563-7663 or

The Pemaquid Watershed Association is a volunteer- based, membership-supported, non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid peninsula through land and water stewardship and education. The Association’s office is located at 15 Courtyard Square in Damariscotta (entry at side of Salt Bay Café).

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