Canoe Annapolis County

Route 3 - Sandy Bottom Lake

Record #: MCA0369
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019
Last Full Update: 08 Feb 2018


Located In Milford
Where To Find Us
Access: Raven Haven
2239 Virginia Rd
Milford (Anna Co.), NS
Areas Served Annapolis County

Description & Services

Information Sandy Bottom Lake offers a variety of recreational experiences for the whole family. Raven Haven Beachside Family Park is both a day and overnight recreational park owned and operated by the Municipality of the County of Annapolis. 
The park site offers camping that includes full service and unserviced tent/trailer sites, cabin rentals and a hostel, supervised swimming, canoe, kayak and pedal boat rentals, washrooms, a canteen and picnic facilities. Raven Haven is a member of Hosteling Canada and Hosteling International. 
The park offers public access to the lake throughout the paddle season. It is open between mid June to Labour Day weekend. 
The lake, although densely populated in some areas for cottage development, has many natural and secluded sections of shoreline that provide an opportunity for a quiet paddle. Sandy Bottom Lake is also the connection to the Milford Lakes and Mersey River routes.  
During higher water, it is possible to paddle across the lake, through Charlton Meadows, and with a few short portages, link into Lily Lake at Highway 8 and beyond. 
Many prefer to explore the lakeshore perimeter, small coves and the island in the western section of the lake. Charlton Meadows is a highlight for many paddlers, as once you paddle across the lake and enter the narrows, you are in the middle of the “wilderness” where turtles and waterfowl can be observed. Due to beaver activity, the narrows are sometimes blocked, necessitating a small lift. The Meadows are definitely worth an exploration. 
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