"Once you see open water as something to be entered, rather than driven around, flown over or stopped at the brink of, then even familiar landscapes become rife with adventure. [When] you break the surface of the water itself ... you move from one realm into another: a realm of freedom, adventure, magic and occasionally of danger." -- Robert Macfarlane (The Outdoor Swimming Society)

SwimMaine is a blog for people who would like to experience the beauty and nature of Maine's lakes and coastline through swimming. It is for those who enjoy swimming in Maine's fresh air and open sky. Whether you are an experienced swimmer or a novice, the intent of this blog is to provide you information so that you can safely choose a swimming experience that will enrich your life, as you become an explorer of an underwater world seldom seen by others.

Information is easily available on such outdoor activities as hiking and biking trails in Maine. However, finding information about swimming "trails," or nice places to swim, is more difficult. This blog has been developed to document information about these places - and your help is needed to provide such information. Do you have a favorite swimming place that you would like to let others know about? Please e-mail SwimMaine to send in your report on outdoor swimming trails. We'll post it here and placemark it on our SwimMaine map.

Any input you would like to give regarding what you would like to see on this blog is welcome!

All information is provided by volunteers. SwimMaine is not responsible for your safety.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

1. Lake St. George (1)

Name of Water Body: Lake St. George (1)
Town: Liberty
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Type of Water Body: Lake
Unique Features: This lake has incredible clarity (up to 12 feet). It is spring-fed and shallow around the perimeter, making it ideal for a solo swimmer.
Description: Like many lakes in Maine, there are many islands to swim to and rest (and explore). Although jet skis are prohibited, there are motorized boats, so caution is needed if you swim away from the shore.
Fee: No
Facilities: Lake St. George State Park is nearby and has fresh water and toilets.
Parking: Yes
Camping: Lake St. George State Park is lakeside and has camping.
Swimming Trail: This is a perfect swim for a novice open-water swim. Begin at the public boat landing on Rt. 3. While facing the water, swim to your left (north); in approx. 4/10 of a mile you will be at the designated swimming area of Lake St. George.
Directions: Lake St. George is halfway between Augusta and Belfast located on Rt 3. If you are heading to Belfast, the boat landing is approx. 1/4 mile from the entrance to the state park. Heading to Augusta it is approx. 1/4 mile past the entrance to the state park.
Other Info: John's Ice Cream is nearby and makes great homemade ice cream.
Date Updated: 9/24/09
Submitted By: Helen

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