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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.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

3. Mud Pond

Name of Water Body: Mud Pond
Town: Old Town
Google map
Type of Water Body: Pond
Unique features: No boats, no houses, small boat landing
Fee: Free
Facilities: Tables, trash cans, porta potty, water
Parking: Yes
Camping: No
Swimming Trail:
Directions: Head northeast on I-95 N, Take exit 193 for Stillwater Ave toward Old Town/Stillwater, Take exit 193 for Stillwater Ave toward Old Town/Stillwater, Take the 2nd left onto Kirkland Rd, Turn left at Poplar St, Turn right at Sewall Park
Other Info:
Date Updated: 9/29/09
Submitted By: Tom McWalters

1 comment:

  1. i know Mud Pond (now called Perch Pond) well, having skated there many times. I have never swum there and would value others' more informed opinions. However, it is shallow, with lots of weeds, and I really doubt it is a good swim. Is is oval-shaped with no islands and I'm not sure where you'd go to either. The Orono Land Trust now owns the land and there are great hiking trails around there!