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Shallow Lake

 

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Shallow Lake is a remote lake in Pigeon Lake Wilderness that is easily reached from Brown Tract Pond Campground, when the campground is open via the 1.4 mile Shallow Lake Trail.  The lake can also be reached via the Sucker Brook Bay Trail from Uncas Road for a longer 2.1 mile one way hike.

The most popular way to reach the lake is from the Shallow Lake Trail from Brown Tract Pond State Campground.  The trail starts near campsite 68, where you'll see a DEC sign for the trail and a small parking area.  The trail heads uphill away from the campsite passing by an outhouse.   

The yellow marked trail follows the northern shore of the scenic Brown Tract Pond for a brief time.  At 0.2 miles the trail reaches the Sucker Brook Bay Trail. Turn left and follow the old road for about 30 feet and then turn right back on the Shallow Lake Trail.  The Sucker Brook Bay Trail heads south toward Uncas Road, reached in 0.9 miles for another option to Shallow Lake.

There is a sign on the trail marking your entry into Pigeon Lake Wilderness, stating 'Wilderness Area'.  Take a look at all the blow down in the area as you meander through the forest.  At 0.5 miles the trail drops into a marshy area and crosses the deep Beaver Brook on a bridge of three timber logs at 0.6 miles.

Many turn around here as this 'bridge' can look intimidating for some as the black brook is crossed with three logs.  Cross this bridge carefully and we would suggest side ways.  The path continues in more marshy land for those continuing along the trail. The trail climbs slightly, leaving the marshy land and at 1.3 miles the trail descends toward Shallow Lake, reaching the shore of the lake at 1.4 miles. 

Shallow Lake DEC Sign

Sign for Shallow Lake near campsite 68

The log bridge over Beaver Brook

Shallow Lake

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