Lake Mirimichi is located southeast of the I-495 and Rt. 1 interchange in Plainville. Most of the shoreline is privately owned, but part of the lake can be easily viewed from Mirimichi St. Parking is located along the road near the put-in for small boats and canoes. Use caution if you choose to walk the narrow street.
Birds and other Creatures
As one of the largest bodies of water in the area, Lake Mirimichi attracts a variety of wildlife. Even casual observers can't help but notice the numerous Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Mallards, and Ring-billed Gulls that frequent the lake. Belted Kingfishers can be seen diving for small fish, while Great Blue Herons stalk patiently in the shallows for their next meal. In the colder months, Ring-necked Ducks and Hooded Mergansers congregate if there is open water.
In summer, the roadside vegetation on the lake's edge provides perches and cover for Eastern Kingbirds, Warbling Vireos, Baltimore Orioles, and Song Sparrows. And during spring and fall migration, there is no telling which species could make a brief appearance.
The lake hosts Snapping Turtles, Painted Turtles, and a variety of fish species. Locals commonly fish near the Mirimichi St. bridge or from a boat, canoe, or kayak.
Trees, Shrubs, and Plants
A variety of trees line the water along both sides of Mirimichi St. including Eastern White Pine, Pitch Pine, Red Maple, Gray Birch, Scrub Oak, and Northern Red Oak. Shoreside shrubs include Maleberry (Lyonia ligustrina), Clammy Azalea (Rhododendron viscosum), Sweetgale (Myrica gale), and Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum). During the green season, Common Ground-nut (Apios americana) can be seen climbing up several shrubs along the causeway.
In the summer, the lake's shallow edges fill with the vegetative growth of a variety of plants. Water-shield (Brasenia schreberi), Carolina Fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana), and White Water-lily (Nymphaea odorata) grow here in abundance.
Worth visiting in winter to watch gulls and waterfowl, or in summer to view floating flowers and young swans, Lake Mirimichi deserves more than just a drive-by. If you must drive along the paved causeway, leave space for nature observers taking in the scene from the road's shoulder.