Salmon Brook Lake Trails

Trailhead

The Salmon Brook Lake Ecologic Reserve is accessed via the multi-use Bangor and Aroostook Railroad (BAR) ATV/snowmobile trail. Access on foot or by ATV/snowmobile (no autos or PU trucks) is gained from off the High Meadow Road close and diagonally across the road from the Perham Town Office. Follow the multi-use BAR trail northbound for 1.28 miles, on the right is the south trailhead leading the Calvin Wardwell Multi-use Trail into a hand-carry canoe/boat landing area on Salmon Brook Lake. Near the end of the Calvin Wardwell Trail is the trailhead for a northbound, 1.2-mile-long non-motorized recreation trail.

Description

The multi-use Bangor and Aroostook Railroad (BAR) ATV/snowmobile trail off the High Meadow Road goes northward to the Salmon Brook Lake area. In about 1.28 miles is a sign for the 0.2-mile-long Calvin Wardwell Trail that goes east into the woods and into the hand-carry canoe/boat landing site next to the lake. Near the end of the trail is a picnic shelter. Going north from the picnic shelter is the non-motorized hiking and snowshoeing trail that extends 1.1 miles to the north on the west side of the lake. Along the way are a number of forest types including northern white cedar stand. The trail includes bog bridging and has an uneven surface with exposed roots and rocks.

In about 0.45 mile along the length of the non-motorized trail is a short path to the viewing platform that is built on the west shore of the lake, overlooking the grassland surrounding the lake. This spot is the best for a break and sight-seeing. It is an ideal place to take in the unique landscape and look for a variety of birds and other wildlife.

The trail continues northward until it reaches the junction with the BAR ATV/snowmobile trail.

The 1,055-acre Salmon Brook Lake Ecological Reserve surrounds the lake and wetlands. The reserve captures many ecological features characteristic of Maine's northeastern limestone belt of rare and exemplary natural communities, including black spruce bog, circumneutral fens, northern white cedar swamps, and unpatterned fen ecosystems with numerous rare plants.

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
Northern Public Lands Office
Vern Labbe
45 Radar Road
Ashlan
Maine
04732
207-435-7963

Photos

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Scenic Overlook
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Picnic Day Use Area
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Boardwalk
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Non-Motorized South Trailhead
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Photo courtesy: Michelle Hersey
Trail Goes to the Lake
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The Hand-carry Boat Launch Site in Winter
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Photo courtesy: Michelle Hersey
Non-Motorized North Trailhead
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Photo courtesy: Michelle Hersey
Perham Town Office Parking Lot
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