Source: Quiet Water New Hampshire/Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide

What you’ll see: Though Pontook Reservoir on the Androscoggin River spans Route 16, this is a prime North Country paddling destination. Paddling to the far side of the pond will take you away from the road and right into the heart of the area habitat.

What you’ll experience:
  • Area: 280 acres (Pontook Reservoir)
  • Maps: New Hampshire Atlas, Map 50; USGS Quadrangles Dummer Ponds and Tea Kettle Ridge
  • Prominent fish species include large- and smallmouth bass, pickerel, landlocked salmon, brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout.
  • Though Pontook Reservoir on the Androscoggin River spans Route 16, we heartily recommend this as a paddling destination.
What’s in the area:
  • Northern forest wildlife, including moose.
  • Small, man-made islands in the river were used for log drives up until 1963.
  • Boggy environment, dominated by balsam fir.
  • Osprey, white-winged crossbills, hermit & wood thrushes, loons.
Getting There:
  • From Berlin, go north on Route 16 for about 19 miles along the Androscoggin River. From the junction of Routes 16 and 110B in Milan, the boat access is 5.7 miles north on the right. The reservoir spans the road.