|Posted by Steven on May 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM|
Where: Gaspereau Lake, near Kentville, NS
Put in: "Welton landing" Small public boat lauch near South Mountain Park Family Camping & RV Resort
Description: Gaspereau Lake is a lake in Kings County, Nova Scotia, Canada, about 10 km south of the town of Kentville, Nova Scotia on the South Mountain. It is the largest lake in Kings County, and the fifth largest lake in Nova Scotia. The lake is shallow with dozens of forested islands and hundreds of rocky islets (skerries).
The water level of the lake is controlled by Nova Scotia Power. At the natural outlet to the Gaspereau River, in the north-east corner of the lake, there is a control dam and fish ladder. Another control dam at the south-east corner of the lake controls outflow to a canal which diverts water to Hydroelectricity stations on the lower sections of the Gaspereau River system.
Remoteness: Not Very from my experiance
Camping: plenty to find - lots of cottages
Fishing: Bass and perch
Interesting facts: Development of the surrounding lakes means previous access to other lakes may no longer be accessible.
Wild life: N/A
Our attempt at canoeing Gaspereau lake started with a wild goose chase. I had found some information online i believe through a local fishing site that indicated i could get to Gaspereau through four mile Lake. The provider of this post had listed the GPS coordinates to the four mile lake put in which i happily plugged into the GPS. Our route took us into into the many unnamed back roads of Nova Scotia many of us paddlers have been on which within minutes rendered the GPS obsolete. The resulting lost hours driving up and down these roads trying to find four mile lake culminated in us finally passing some hunters who informed us that due to pending developement in the area four mile lake was only accessible by portaging through the woods (no trails) about 2km With my mother, two kids, and 86lb canoe this was ruled out as an option even though we could clearly see four mile lake on the horizon.
Finally, we opted for the more well known put in of Welton landing and after our initial misadventure we were in the water. Gaspereau is a very large lake with many smaller and large islands which will amost certainly result in confusion for the weekend warrior or anyone not equipped with a map/compass. Being slightly ill equipped for this and having wasted precious daylight destroying my mini van up and down the back roads we opted to simply paddle straight accross the lake from the put in and traverse the left hand side of the lake. The result was a semi private camp out on an island, the opposite side of the island had a view of a cottaging family a stones throw away and a view of the highway on the other end. Fishing and swimming was good although I cannot say that in our location we experianced any type of wilderness camping.
Conclusion: The size and layout make this lake difficult to navigate. Before heading out get yourself a TOPO or map out where you plan to canoe or get some local advice. Be prepared to contend with local boaters and cottagers and do not expect to experiance a true "wilderness" trip.