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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.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

13. Alamoosook Lake (1)

Name of Water Body: Alamoosook Lake (1)
Town(s): Orland
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Type of Water Body: Outlet and Lake
Unique Feature(s): This (one of two) public boat launch areas is an outlet. Although there is water movement here - there is absolutely no current - this area is well protected and warm. It may be the best place for the first open water swim of the season – early in the season.
Description: There will be a very secure damn gate to your right. This outlet is the gateway to the larger lake. A mowed lawn and gravel bottom makes it a nice area for other who may want to just take a dip.
Fee: no
Facilities: no
Parking: yes
Camping: no
Swimming Trail (with approximate distances): Upon entering, swim to your left. In approx. 3/10th of a mile, you will come to the mouth of the lake. Approximately 2/10ths of a mile ahead of you, there will be an island to swim to.
Directions: Take Route 1 North through Bucksport. Three miles out of Bucksport, there will be a blinking light and H.O.M.E. Co-op will be on your right. Take a left onto Upper Falls Road • Go 1.5 miles and turn right at Soper Road and it will be immediately on your right.
Other Info: There is a fish hatchery on the other side of the lake - Craig Brook Fish Hatchery — at 131 years old, it’s the oldest hatchery on the East Coast!
Date Updated: 7/11
Submitted By: Helen

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