Lake Arrowhead in Maine

by  guest-paddler

A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

Lake Arrowhead is a shallow, weedy body of water. Every time I come here, I'm amazed by how clear the water is. There is mixed development on the lake. However, many areas are heavily wooded and swampy. I usually always see an osprey or two, or some other wildlife. At the southern end of the lake, there is a small dam where Little Ossipee Lake flows in. At the northern end of the lake, there is another dam, where Lake Arrowhead turns into the Little Ossipee River. Before the dams were built, I believe that Lake Arrowhead was just part of the river, as there are many tree stumps in the water. There are also plenty of coves, islands, and inlets present, which makes for some nice exploring.

Although it is a nice place just to get out and paddle, the main reason I love kayaking here is because of the great largemouth bass fishing. I've caught two or three of the biggest largemouths ever in this lake. But, many other people know about the great fishing here as well, so expect some company. Luckily, because of the shallow water and narrowness of the lake, most motorboats can't go too fast.

The best times to go paddling are during the week and during off-season. I've kayaked here during the fall and had the lake to myself. The lake makes a good day or 1/2 day trip for anybody in the southern part of the state.


Take Rte 5 from Saco until you get to Waterboro. After passing Little Ossipee Lake on the right, start looking for the Chadbourne Ridge Rd on the right. Turn left on New Dam Rd. Almost immediately after turning left; there is a boat launch with shoulder parking. Because there is a lot of new housing in the area, this road is very busy a times. Watch yourself while loading and unloading your gear. Continuing up the New Dam Rd. for a few miles will bring you to a nicer boat launch at the northern end of the lake where the lake flows into the Little Ossipee River.

Trip Details

  • Trip Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water

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