Kezar Lake Dam follies

  • Put in below the Kezar Lake Dam

    Put in below the Kezar Lake Dam

  • Old dam about 200 yds upstream of the current dam

    Old dam about 200 yds upstream of the current dam

A self-supported trip created by fssnowshoe

Trip Overview

We attempted a paddle into Charles Pond from the Kezar Lake Dam in Fryeburg, ME. We launched below the dam and successfully navigated the debris in the channel as we made our way out to the Old Course of the Saco. Turning upstream on the Cold River we got only as far as the Snomo bridge (.25 m) only to find our way blocked by a massive tree spanning the entire width of the channel. The water was too high for a scooch under so we turned around. If you are thinking of paddling into Charles Pond check to see if you can clear this obstacle. There is a lot of wood down all over this area from the recent ice storms. We paddled back to the dam and lifted over and tried to paddle upstream into Kezar Lake. We encountered another obstacle which appears to be an old dam that we elected not to lift over. The channel beyond it also had a lot of debris in it. Back to the dam to pack up and move on to Plan C.

Safety Notes

Cold water and slippery muddy banks. Lots of debris in the water

Gear Notes

CD Solstice and CD Vision 14


Debris clogged streams

Portage Notes

At least two portages would have been needed at a minimum to continue in either direction with the possibility of multiple others due to the amount of debris in the streams.

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 4/30/2024
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

Trip Location