Connecticut Lakes Region
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WellTraveled3
Lexington, MA776 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
The Connecticut Lakes region is beautiful and uncrowded and untouched compared to other tourist areas.

Great place to hike, with many well marked and maintained trails through woods and mountains.

Kayaking and canoeing are also popular on the three Connecticut Lakes. The Connecticut River also runs between the lakes and there are several stretches of trophy fly fishing catch and release areas that are spectacular.

Worth taking the small trail up to Fourth Connecticut Lake that straddles the Canadian border.

We saw bears and a fox in the wild during our stay, along with many kinds of birds and other wildlife.
Written September 6, 2020
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e0103
New Hampshire111 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
We hiked the 4th Connecticut lake trail, It's a must in the area. You can park at the US/Canada border. The trail crosses the border in several locations before reaching the lake. We saw Bobcat and Moose tracks on the way.It is a relatively easy hike with a few steep spots. We did it in 1.5 hours round trip with two 7 year old boys. The views are fabulous and you do not need a passport!
Written July 31, 2013
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Julie M
Orlando, FL67 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
We came to this area for the same reason many others do, to try and find moose in Moose Alley. We visited during the slow season for moose sightings because of the heat, but wanted to give it a try anyway. We did all the google searches for tips, asked all the locals how to find them and drove Moose Alley at the right times (dusk and dawn) scanning the roadside for Moose. We saw deer, red foxes, and turkeys, but not a single Moose. One of the things that a waitress at Happy Corner Cafe told us to do was to take Route 3 to 114 in Vermont, she said she sees Moose along 114 almost every night. We didn't take her advice and decided to focus our efforts on Moose Alley while we were there. At the end of our vacation we had to take 114 to get home and immediately saw that we had made a huge mistake in not driving it sooner! There were mucky wallows and moose paths everywhere along route 114 as soon as we crossed into Vermont. The area was so much more moosey than Moose Alley! Despite not finding any Moose in Pittsburgh, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit, the lakes and mountains were beautiful, the restaurants were good and fairly priced, our cabin (booked through Lopstick) was awesome, and the people were some of the friendliest we've met anywhere! Next time we're in the area we'll bring our passports and take a day trip into Canada (the border is right there), do the Connecticut River headwaters hike and drive 114 in VT to look for moose!
Written September 3, 2015
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stephen b
3 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
NO MOOSE TO BE FOUND ANY MORE! The place we stayed, when making reservations said that there were moose to be seen. No there were NO moose at all. Went in the 90ies and moose all over the road. There are many factors why there are no moose to be seen. 1.) Because of the road to be known to have auto collisions with moose, because of foolish people can't slow down! The state over the years have filled in most of the roadside moose wallows with turn arounds for cars, that was once moose pits or wallows for moose. 2.) Tics have killed some of the population of moose. 3.) The state has been letting moose hunters by lottery moose permits hunt these areas to help cut down on moose car collisions. Again because people don't know enough to slow down!! But what gets me the most is that all the cabins and all the tourist attractions still say the moose are in numbers up Rt 3. Ya maybe 2 or 3 if that? They try to tell you if you're looking for moose come up here and spend your money! Money! Money! Thats all they want, is your money! Don't go expecting to find many moose along to road sides any more. Because it is not happening!
Written August 25, 2015
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Peter B
Shaftsbury, VT34 contributions
Aug 2015
This is quintessential New Hampshire - quiet, remote, and beautiful. There is a lot to do if you are into the outdoors. This is not a theme park so you have to make your own fun. We did the boundary hike at the U.S. - Canada border. My daughter (age 14) loved jumping over the international line at various points along the trail. We hiked to the source of the Connecticut River. We laughed and smiled at the "hidden" trail cam apparently set-up by the Border Patrol. We swam at Lake Francis State Park in the evening - a highlight of the trip. The Park took me back 50 years, which, for me, was a wonderful thing. Stay away if you are into instant gratification or cheap thrills. This is a sublime experience. Keep it beautiful.
Written August 18, 2015
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varneykr
Hancock, NH459 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Kayaking in East Inlet heading towards the Second Connecticut Lake is heaven. Quiet. Birds to see. Moose to watch. And we saw not a soul. Just us.
Written August 6, 2020
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cjweston10
14 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
One day in this area, will have you hooked. The fresh air, the lakes, rivers, streams and mountains are all home to a great wild life. Fun for all, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Chilling and Resetting your brain ;-)
Written August 6, 2018
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dmount2001
Burlington, VT373 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
The Connecticut River is a key river in New England, starting in NH and forming the border with Vermont the entire length of those two states. It then cuts through Massachusetts and Connecticut - making the circuit of all the New England states except two.
The river starts about 15 miles north of Pittsburgh in a pond called Fourth Lake. To see it, one must hike from a trail near the customs station. It then flows through three other lakes named Third Lake, Second Lake and First Lake (original, huh?).
The trout fishing is fantastic and tightly controlled. It is mostly limited to fly fishing and generally catch and release but you can keep fish in some areas.
The river ranges from calm pools to rage. It is a beautiful spot.
If fishing, hire a guide, at least for a day. Lake Francis Sate Park is a great headquarters for your adventure. You can walk up a fairly easy trail for a lot of access for fishing.
The area on Route 3 north of Pittsburg is noted for moose sightings.
Written June 29, 2017
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Joyce L
Marco Island, FL39 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
This was our first trip to this remote area, and we loved it. Memories linger still, and the area definitely tugs at my heart. We like to hike and kayak, and this is perfect for both. Little Hellgate Falls trail is off Magalloway Road, between 1st and 2nd lakes, difficult to find, but well worth it. The beginning of the trail is like a little Hobbitown, green and lush with undergrowth, shaded by tall firs. And the falls themselves are stunning and a great place to sit and have lunch. Best kayak we did was East Inlet, just north of 2nd Lake. Remote, peaceful and a favorite spot for otters and birds, especially at the far north end. The Connecticut Lakes region is a place we will return again and again. No traffic, friendly people, beautiful woods and lakes, ponds, waterfalls.
We also climbed Magalloway Mountain. Up Coots trail and down Bobcat. Very steep and Bobcat was quite slippery, but the views at the top of the fire tower and around the summit take in Quebec, the Presidentials, and Vermont.
Written August 16, 2014
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BoniG19
Conklin47 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
For some great photos, get up early and photograph the fog rising off the Lakes. Rt. 3 is miles upon miles of wilderness. Quiet and serene.
Written December 30, 2013
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