Most people who canoe the Bog River start at the Lower Dam and paddle upstream to Hitchins Pond. From there, they can carry around the Upper Dam to enter Lows Lake. But there is another flatwater trip on the Bog that doesn’t see as much traffic.
About a half-mile above the falls,we passed under an old bridge. Just around the next bend we passed a solitary boulder in the middle of the river. Bolted to the upstream side of the boulder is an iron ring, evidently an artifact from the logging days. I am wondering if anybody knows the story behind this ring. Or if any would care to speculate. If so, please leave a comment.
The Lower Bog is a pleasant paddle that ends all too quickly. However, you can extend the outing with a hike along Round Lake Outlet. Just past the confluence, look for a flat spot with grass and mud. A short path leads from here to a more established trail that parallels the outlet upstream. We didn’t follow it, but Bill Ingersoll has described the route in the Explorer and says it’s quite scenic. The trail is used by paddlers who do the forty-five-mile Lows Loop that starts at Little Tupper Lake and takes in, among other waterways, Lake Lila, Lows Lake, and the Bog River.After your adventure on the Lower Bog, you can cool off with a dip in the natural pool near Bog River Falls.