Messalonskee Lake

Launch Info:
 Carry In [Launch Site]
 Bathroom: None
 Parking: Large space at launch
 Coffee: Dunks
 Swimming: Yes
Lake Info: Survey Map
Fish: Small Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Perch
Seasonal Birds: Osprey, Loon

Messalonskee is in Belgrade Maine. The public launch has ample parking and appears to be carry in only due to a gate over the concrete boat ramp. The route from the launch into the river is very shallow and narrow, so that’s likely why there’s a gate. It’s easy to miss the path back to the dock when you’re coming back. Head straight toward the ramp once you reach the last of the channel markers.

This is a large lake with several islands. It would be easy to spend a whole day here, though I imagine on weekends it could get crowded.

On a late August morning I found large aggressive Pike and Small Mouth Bass. The shallows by the launch, and shores on the western side, are heavily covered with milfoil. Places where I would expect to have found Large Mouth Bass, I found nothing but milfoil.