Hike Bath’s Peterson Canal, Bath

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Hike Bath’s Peterson Canal, Bath

February 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

FREE

Modern day explorers are invited to experience this same tramp for the annual hike of the Peterson Canal. The canal was built to around 1790 to connect Merrymeeting Bay with the New Meadows River, facilitating downstream transportation of logs- “Lumber and Masts…directly into Casco Bay and to Falmouth without going to sea or running the hazard of going down that rapid torrent, the main Stream of the Kennebeck,” (from the petition to the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for permission to cut a canal from the head of the New Meadows River into Merrymeeting Bay, dated January 1, 1786). Ed Benedikt, late founder of the New Meadows Lake Association, wrote, “Today, this waterway, once built by men of industry and vision, is little more than a wet scar on the earth.”

The 2.5 mile scenic hike (one-way) is only possible when the water is frozen and will take approximately 2.5 hours. Meet at 11:00 across from the boat launch to the New Meadows Lake on Old Brunswick Road in Bath. Participants are required to use snow shoes to tramp through the deep snow. For more information and to confirm that conditions are appropriate, contact the KELT office at 207-442-8400 or info@kennebecestuary.org. Co-Sponsored by the New Meadows Lake Association, Bath Historical Society, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, and KELT.

Details

Date:
February 10, 2019
Time:
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost:
FREE
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Website:
https://www.kennebecestuary.org/upcoming-events/2019/2/10/peterson-canal-hike

Venue

New Meadows Lake Boat Launch
ME United States

Organizer

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
Phone:
(207)442-8400
Email:
info@kennebecestuary.org
Website:
KennebecEstuary.org

Other

Parking Instructions
Park along the north side of Old Brunswick Road -- opposite of the boat launch ramp.
Is Registration Is Required
No
How To Register
https://www.kennebecestuary.org/upcoming-events/2019/2/10/peterson-canal-hike
Who to Contact w/Questions About This Event
info@kennebecestuary.org or 207-442-8400
Equipment:
Equipment Not Provided
Difficulty Level:
Moderate
Dogs:
No Dogs Please
Accessibility:
Not Wheelchair Accessible
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