The Maine outdoors tradition that some say has gotten out of hand

Deep in the woods of Maine, at the end of narrow footpaths, hikers are likely to find pristine ponds filled with frisky brook trout.

Along the banks of those ponds, they may also find a few dozen stashed canoes left behind by their owners.

The unspoken rules of the Maine custom are that anyone can use them, as long as they are returned in the same condition as they were borrowed.

Most of those ponds sit on land controlled by large forest landowners that rarely have issues with the practice. But even those who regularly use those canoes admit a problem could be brewing, especially with canoes that are abandoned by anglers.

LINK (via: Bangor Daily News)


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