Sebasticook Regional Land Trust will host a paddle and aquatic plant ID on Saturday, July 22, on Pleasant Lake in Stetson.

Aquascopes eliminate surface glare and reveal the world of undulating aquatic flora, and Mark Whiting, a trained botanist, will explain easy ways to identify plants. Whiting worked for the Department of Environmental Protection for 23 years and serves as the chairman of the board of the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District.

A lunchtime break and aquatic show and tell will be held at Pleasant Lake Preserve. A 100-acre wooded peninsula jutting into the lake, Pleasant Lake Preserve was donated to the land trust by Ken Hewitt to assure permanent public access.

Registration is required for this free paddle event. A $5 donation is suggested. For more information or to register, email [email protected] or call 948-3766. Meet at the boat ramp on Route 143 in Stetson and plan to be on the water at 9:30 a.m. and off the water by 2 p.m. Bring a bagged lunch, something to drink and bug repellent.

Directions to the boat ramp: From Interstate 95 Exit 167 (for Etna), drive north on Route 143 for approximately 7 miles. (Stetson Shores Campground sign is 1.1 miles before the put in. The sign for SRLT’s Pleasant Lake Preserve is .3 miles before the put in). The “Public Boat Launch” road, marked with a red street sign, will be on your right. If you reach the railroad tracks, you have gone too far. The rain date is Sunday, July 23.


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