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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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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

6. Woodbury Pond

Name of Water Body: Woodbury Pond
Town(s): Litchfield
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Type of Water Body: fresh water lake
Unique Feature(s): The water has crystal clear visibility to approximately 7 feet which allows for exploring with a mask. Some areas seem to have a relatively sandy bottom. The irregular shape of this lake may provide other opportunities for swimming trails.
Description: This lake is in an area of central Maine where there are not many swimming opportunities compared to other areas of the state. This is a town park, leased from the state. On the day I was there, there were very few people there – although another solo distance swimmer who swims this area regularly! However, there is the potential of it being a busy place and because the shoreline is densely populated on one side.
Fee: $2.00
Facilities: yes
Parking: yes
Camping: no
Swimming Trail (with approximate distances): Upon entering the lake, swim to your left as close to the shoreline as you desire. In approximately ½ mile, you will come to a road, a natural place to turn around.
Directions: This park is off of Route 126/9. Heading toward Lewistown, Town Farm Road to Whipporrwill Road will be on your right. Heading toward Gardiner, it will be on your left. There are posted signs on Route 126/9 to direct you.
Other Info: There is a roped off area for children, but without a lifeguard. Limited playground equipment but a nice grassy area for picnicing.
Date Updated: 6/30/11
Submitted By: Helen

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