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Monday, July 18, 2011

11. Moosehead Lake (at Lily Bay State Park)

Name of Water Body: Moosehead Lake (at Lily Bay State Park)
Town(s): Bear Cove
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Type of Water Body: a very large lake!
Unique Feature(s): 10 + feet visibility
Description: The entry point is at a state park with beach frontage. There are a couple of islands to swim to in a lake surrounded by beautiful mountains. There is a feeling of remoteness. For a relaxing swim you will want to make sure it is not a windy day because this lake is so large and open and would tend to develop choppy water in windy conditions. A lovely beach and some playground equipment may keep other members traveling with you occupied as you swim. A loon greeted this swimmer!
Fee: $3.00
Facilities: yes
Parking: yes
Camping: yes
Swimming Trail (with approximate distances): Looking at the water, there is an island about 100 yards away from the shore. However, only about 25 yards of this swim looks to be over 5 foot deep. The island provides good “snorkeling”. However, there are 2 smaller islands approximately ½ mile from shore, which provide a little more interest. For security, you can swim closer to the shoreline on your left. You can stay close to the shoreline almost all the way out to the islands!
Directions: Once in Greenville, head north on Lily Bay Road. It is nine mile out of Greenville.
Other Info: Nine miles further up the road is the town of Kakadjo. It boasts a population of “not many”, has a general store, and a lovely swim-friendly pond with public access called First Roach Pond. It is worth the drive!
Date Updated: 7/11
Submitted By: Helen

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