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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!

All information is provided by volunteers. SwimMaine is not responsible for your safety.

Friday, July 8, 2011

8. Range Pond

Name of Water Body: Range Pond
Town(s): Poland
Google Earth: Range Pond Beach Area

Type of Water Body: Lake, spring fed, original source of Poland Spring water…pump house on opp. Shore
Unique Feature(s): Clear, sand bottom, warms up; large beach area; spring fed, park under pines
Description: large sandy bottom lake, roped off swimming area, sections for kayaks, canoes.
Fee: Yes
Facilities: bath house, picnic tables,
Parking: Ample
Camping: Nearby
Swimming Trail (with approximate distances): close to a mile long, ¼ mile wide
Directions: near Auburn and Channel 8 station
Other Info: Favorite mid week swimming hole
Date Updated: July 7th, 2011
Submitted By: F. J. Heller

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