The Boothbay Region Land Trust, Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association and the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance are co-hosting three paddles throughout the Sheepscot Valley Watershed this spring and summer. The first takes place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, at 10 a.m. on the Sheepscot Bog in Palermo. Led by the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, participants should meet at 10 a.m. on East Shores Road in Palermo. The first part of the day, 10 a.m. to noon, will be an easy paddle through the bog. For folks that want to stay through 1 p.m. or later, the group will paddle and pole to the kettle pond.

The bog is accessible from the southeast corner of Sheepscot Pond and is actually a mosaic of many wetland types, encompassing 1,300 acres. With the Wellspring Land Alliance, you can paddle into the bog’s remote and quiet interior, which includes a large kettle pond by way of Deadwater Slough. Note that getting all the way into the kettle pond will likely require some poling and could be fairly strenuous.

Directions: from Route 3 in Palermo, travel three miles south on Turner Ridge Road to Gore Road. Go 1.5 miles east on Gore Road to East Shores Road, then travel 1.3 miles north on East Shores Road to just past the Back Cove Road sign. Kayak or canoe is fine (though poling into the kettle pond may be easier with a canoe.) The event is free and open to the public. Be sure to bring sunscreen, water, lunch and a snack for this outdoor excursion. For more information contact Buck O’Herin by phone at 589-4311 or by email at buckoherin@fairpoint.net.