In the Great North Woods, in the State of New Hampshire, about 15 miles south of the Canadian border, lies one of the Northeast’s finest fishing destinations.
In and around the small Town of Pittsburg, the mighty Connecticut River runs through the landscape, weaving its way to Long Island Sound-some 407 miles to the south.
My wife and I started going to Pittsburg about 11 years ago, at first for only a few days, then for a week, and now for 2 weeks.
We typically head north for the last 2 weeks of September, just as the foliage begins to turn, and by the time we leave the mountains are alive with fall color.
Landlock Salmon are just returning to the river from the lakes, which makes for an added bonus, along with the excellent fishing for Rainbows, Brookies and Browns.
During our first 3 years we stayed at The Glen and Lopstick lodges.
At the Glen meals and rooms are provided.
At Lopstick accommodations consist of neat log cabins with a kitchen where you do your own cooking.
If you are looking for a true get away, then Lopstick is the place to go, as there is no internet or T.V. reception.
Since we bought our motor home, we now stay at one of the only full service campgrounds in the area called Mountainview.
The campground is located up a steep hill with magnificent views of the mountains.
The Connecticut River
The Connecticut River begins about 750 feet from the Canadian border at Fourth Connecticut Lake, which is a very small lake of about 1.8 acres in area, that you can walk around in about 30 minutes or less.
This lake is located at an elevation of 2,670 feet above sea level, and has a very small outlet with a stream that finds its way one half of a mile south to Third Connecticut Lake.
Right at the border crossing there is a narrow trail which climbs up to the lake and criss crosses the border as you go higher.
As I recall we did the hike in about 1.5 hours, while following fresh moose tracks up the trail. We lunched near the lake before heading back to the road.