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Hike Bath’s Peterson Canal, Bath
February 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pmFREE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-Sponsored by the New Meadows Lake Association, Bath Historical Society, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, and KELT.