"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)

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Monday, September 28, 2009

2. Swan Lake

Name of Water Body: Swan Lake State Park
Town: Swanville
Google map
Type of Water Body: Lake
Unique Features: Southern exposure, at north tip of lake
Description: Freshwater "pond;" Map and more
Fee: $4 ME residents, $2 Senior, $6 out of state
Facilities: Cold public shower to rinse off, changing areas, pit toilets
Parking: Yes
Camping: No
Swimming Trail: I often swim just inside the perimeter of the designated swimming area ropes, staying out of way of the "splashers" -- maybe quarter mile, all three sides?
Directions: Rt. 1 to Rt. 141 north from East Belfast, about 11 miles to Frankfort Rd. (crossroads) turn right, about 1.5 miles to entrance
Other Info: Phone in season: 207-525-4404 picnic area, playground for kids, kayak rentals, usually open Memorial to Labor Days?
Date Updated: 9/27/09
Submitted By: Paul S

1 comment:

  1. Just moved to the area and "discovered" Swan Lake. Great spot to swim. Looking forward to some great days cooling off in this little gem of a state park.