Maine: An Encyclopedia

Dresden Bog

Roadside culverts mark the Dresden Bog access site (2010)The Erle R. Kelley Wildlife Management Area encompasses most of Dresden Bog, within the town of Dresden, and much of the adjoining land, some of which is in Alna. The Bog, one of Maine’s many nature preserves, is accessible from the south side of Bog Road in Dresden, where a nondescript, very narrow stream leads away from the road near several large culverts.

The narrow stream ar roadside leading to Dresden Bog (2010)In the narrow stream leading to Dresden Bog, a canoe needs some constant urging to move through the shallow water and brush along the way. Before long one is surrounded by lush growth in a slowly expanding stream. Then the first of two low and narrow beaver dams appears; the second is only a few yards from the first. Both are easily forded.

After a brief winding paddle, the “stream” becomes a pathway through water plants in what emerges as a substantial pond.

Emerging from the marshy entrance, you will be struck by the varied beauty of this place, with many islands dotting the surface, emergent vegetation covering the pond, and mature trees lining the shore. [Wilson and Hayes, p. 47]

Vegetation along the access stream (2010)Vegetation along the access stream (2010)The waterway broadens from the bog to the open water (2010)

Vegetation is close along the access stream until the waterway broadens as one approaches the lake.

The smaller of two Beaver Dams on the access stream in Dresden Bog (2010)Lily pads and a budding water lily on Dresden Bog (2010)Lily pads and other surface vegetation on Dresden Bog (2010)

Even in “open water” the surface of the pond is frequently host to a wide variety of vegetation. They include lily pads and a budding water lily.

The many wood duck nesting boxes are evidence of a restoration program that has resulted in the bird’s return to the area. Unusual for its cousins, the wood duck may be seen perching in trees along the shore.

Wood duck nesting box on the shore of Dresden Bog (2010)Probably a red-shouldered hawk in flight at the shore of Dresden Bog (2010)

View from an island in Dresden Bog toward the southwestern shore (2010)

Blinn Hill in Dresden and its tower serves as a guide back to the stream (2010)

Additional resources

Wilson, Alex and John Hayes. Quiet Water Canoe Guide Maine: Best Paddling Lakes and Ponds for All Ages. Boston, MA. Appalachian Mountain Club. 1995.

Perry, Michael. “Canoeing: Dresden Bog offers ideal early paddling.” Portland Press Herald. April 11, 2010. See (accessed 10/14/2010).

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2 Responses to Dresden Bog

  1. Daniel Trefethen says:

    I just stumbled onto this citing and noticed the picture of the bird flying. I’m no expert on birds and am quite inexperienced, but it appears you have mistakenly identified the one in the picture. To my eyes it appears to be a red shouldered hawk and not a wood duck. I don’t mean it to sound know-it-all, only a friendly correction. Thank you! This site is amazing!


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