"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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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

5. Bear Pond

Name of Water Body: Bear Pond
Town(s): Waterford
Google map
Type of Water Body: fresh water lake
Unique Feature(s): The public boat ramp is in disrepair and somewhat unusable for launching a large motor boat, which seems to keep those type of boats to a minimum on this pond. To the right of the boat launch, there is a rope swing about 30 yards away.
Description: Although one side of this lake is roadside, it does not interfere at all with the swim. There is a feeling of remoteness. Maybe it is because this lake is nestled in between 2 hills/mountains and seems to have less than the usual amount of lakeside dwellings.
Fee: none
Facilities: none
Parking: There is a public boat launch. There is plenty of parking along the road as well.
Camping: none – although there looks to be a lovely inn on the lake called Bear Mountain Inn.
Swimming Trail (with approximate distances): Enter the lake at the boat launch area and swim to the left along the shore. After approximately 6/10 of a mile, the water will become shallow and a relatively sandy bottom. You can rest at the big boulder that emerges from the water or explore this area since the visability is good. (Or have your non-swimming partner wait for you here to explore and cool off.)
Directions: Bear Pond is north of Bridgton and west of South Paris/Norway. It is on Routes 35/37.
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Date Updated: July 1, 2011
Submitted By: Helen

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