North Pond boat access reopens, for now
The public boat access to North Pond on Route 26 in Woodstock, closed two weeks ago by the Maine Department of Transportation for traffic safety reasons, has reopened, at least temporarily.
Two posts that had been placed to block access were removed late last week.
The site was the only public access on North Pond, leaving some large boats stranded on the pond.
Also apparently stranded was the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s fish stocking plan.
In an e-mail to Woodstock Town Manager Vern Maxfield, biologist Francis Brautigam said Tuesday that if the general public is no longer able to launch trailered boats, it could jeopardize the stocking program on the pond. IFW policy prevents stocking where there is no “equitable public water access," he said.
He suggested looking into alternate launch locations.
MDOT’s Judy Gates said in another e-mail exchange that although her department had contacted the town about blocking the access and had met with no objections, “we could have looked into it a bit deeper.”
She said the closure had followed a report of an accident at the ramp with a boat trailer, as well as several safety complaints.
Maxfield told selectmen Tuesday that he expects to coordinate with Brautigam to set up a local meeting on possible other options for access.