Harriman Pond is a small (41 acre), deep (over 75 feet), clear (average Secchi 7.74 m since 2019) lake in Hancock County that is nestled in a tiny watershed in the hills around Dedham. It is on Maine DEP’s Threatened Lakes Priority List due to its outstanding water quality combined with potential for development. The pond is also a headwater for Branch Lake in Ellsworth.
Like so many other lakes in Maine in the last several years, many properties have changed hands: either intergenerational within families, or sold to people new to the lake and area. Some property owners have been on the lake for generations – one family recently shared the story of how their grandfather was the first to buy land on the lake, and their camp was the first one built. One resident has done the annual loon count for over three decades; one new camp owner was LSM certified and started monitoring Secchi and Total P in 2019.
What they all have in common is the lake: it is clear, quiet, and small enough that all of the neighbors on the lake can be seen from your dock. Home and camp owners were invited to a first-ever gathering in 2022, where food, stories, and information were shared. Part of the reason for the gathering was to start talking about establishing a lake association.
Though not yet developed, members of the community have been following the steps outlined by Maine Lakes, including producing an annual newsletter. In 2021, Harriman Pond convened a team of volunteers to join the Branch Lake Watershed Association in a watershed survey and subsequent 319 grant, which was funded for activities beginning in 2023. This support comes at a critical time, when sharing information about best practices for living in the shoreland zone can help new lakefront landowners learn how to keep the lake clear and clean.
Watch drone footage of Harriman Pond HERE.
More information about Harriman Pond can be found here.
Lakes of Maine has been updated with the Maine Audubon Loon Count Data. The Loon Count is an important and loved program and we are so happy to be a part of it. Find the results in the links below:
Loon Data Visualization: https://www.lakesofmaine.org/loons.html
Lakes of Maine home page: https://www.lakesofmaine.org/
Go to search for Your Lake > Select Your Lake > Select Lake Life > Select Loons
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