North Pond loses Rte. 26 boat access
The lone public boat access left on North Pond closed last week, when the Maine Department of Transportation blocked it off.
The access is located on Route 26 near the Greenwood-Woodstock town line.
According to Woodstock town officials, MDOT contacted the Town Office recently to say that posts would be placed at the site to prevent access because the location is a hazard.
Boaters with trailers must maneuver across a traffic lane just north of a curve in the road to place their boats in the water.
The posts will still allow people with kayaks and other non-trailered craft to get to the pond.
The move follows news last month that a private landing that had been made available to the public in the past had been closed off.
Selectman Rick Young said at last week’s board meeting that he agreed with the MDOT plan to close the access for safety reasons.
But he wondered how boaters, particularly those who have camps on the pond and have large boats, would get them in and out.
Smaller motorboats can fit under Johnny’s Bridge on the Greenwood side of the pond and make their way to the Round Pond landing.
“People will ask us to do something and there’s nothing we can do,” said Selectman Ron Deegan.
“Will we be asked to seek a new spot?” wondered Selectman Steve Bies.
Young said he believed providing access would be the responsibility of the state.