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"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!

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Friday, June 4, 2010

4. Lake St. George (2)

Name of Water Body: Lake St. George (2)
Town(s): Liberty
Google map
Type of Water Body: Lake
Unique Feature(s): Crystal clear visibility, relatively shallow away from shore for the solo swimmer (safety)
Description: Marshall Shores is a town property for public access
Fee: none
Facilities: portable toilet
Parking: yes
Camping: no
Swimming Trail (with approximate distances): Upon entering at Marshall Shores, swim to the right, hugging the shoreline as your comfort level allows. (There are many shallow areas in this trail.) After following the shoreline around the cove you will come to a small rock island containing some brush. Estimated distance to the rock island is three-tenths of a mile. At this point you can get on the island and rest, or swim around the larger island next to it -- approximately 4/10 mile in total. Total swim distance including the larger island is approximately one mile.
Directions: Traveling north on Route 3, make a righthand turn at Sherman's Corner, which is right past a small cluster of stores on the righthand side and before you see the lake. Travel down this road approximately 1/2 mile and you will see Marshall Shores on the left.
Other Info: Water temperature was 65 degrees on June 4, 2010
Submitted By: Helen