| Tom Driscoll |
Paddling around the Shaker Bog in September is possible, but the water is quite shallow.
If you look closely, in this photo you will see a frog sunning itself on a water lily pad.
Many areas of the bog are carpeted with lily pads by the end of the summer season.
The dot-dash blue line is a trace of my September 12th canoe loop, about two miles. If you stand on the “floating” islands, it feels similar to standing on a waterbed.
Originally built by the Shakers in 1816 as a reservoir to power their mills, these days Shaker Bog is protected by the Royal River Conservation Trust (RRCT).
For more detail on the RRCT and Shaker Bog see http://rrct.org/preserves-trails/sabbathday-lake-shaker-village-2/