Canoe or Kayak the Follensby Clear Area

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Added by Rebecca Nichols

Explore these waters by kayak or canoe and experience attractive wild forest land.  You will meander through five ponds and four portages.  

Start this circuit at the Fish Creek Pond Campgrounds.  A fabulous clean campground with every site on the water.  Either book for the weekend or get a day use pass.  

Starting in Fish Creek Pond you will head toward the southwest corner of Follensby Clear Pond.  Along this route you pass through a channel known as Spider Creek containing a tunnel into Follensby Clear Pond.  Enjoy and explore Follensby Clear Pond there are many primitive campsites and even a lean-to site. 

Eventually you will want to make your way to the northwestern portion of the pond.  Once you reach that point you need to look carefully as the sign to the portage is tucked away at a point to the west. Here you will see the carry to Polliwog Pond.  This carry is approximately 250 yards.  

Once in Polliwog Pond you will paddle to the southernmost point to locate the portage to Little Polliwog Pond.  This is a very short portage however a bit steep at start.  

In Polliwog Pond (the smallest) you will stay to the left and shortly see the portage to Horseshoe Pond.  Horseshoe Pond has a great primitive campsite and swimming on the point.  It is also known for its Brook Trout. You will locate your fourth and final portage at the northeast corner of the pond.  This is approximately a 100 foot carry back to Follensby Clear Pond.

Once back in Follensby Clear Pond had back toward Spider Creek and into Fish Creek Pond to return.   

Pack List

  • Kayak/Canoe
  • Life Jacket
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Water Shoes 
  • Camera
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Kayaking, Swimming

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Spring, Summer


Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole

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Added by Rebecca Nichols

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

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