There are 27 “Long Ponds” in Maine (and 6 “Long Lakes”). One of these is located in the Belgrade chain of lakes (it is fourth in the chain sequence).
Long Pond (Belgrade, Mt. Vernon, Rome) is a 2,557-acre lake, divided into 2 distinct basins. The “deep hole” (106 ft / 32 m) is in the southern basin.
This lake has 20 fish species, including the invasive northern pike (Esox lucius), as well as both black basses.
The Kennebec Highlands (ME Bureau of Parks & Lands) lie to the west of the upper basin, while the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance manages lands along the southern basin (CLICK HERE for map)
Water clarity has been measured in this lake since 1970; the overall average Secchi depth during this period is 6.3 m (21 ft) - a value which is in the mid-range of surveyed Maine lakes.
Discover more about Long Pond HERE.
With an area of over 75 thousand acres, Moosehead is Maine’s largest lake (but not its deepest - that record is held by Sebago). Its size and its convoluted shape is why this lake has so many water quality monitoring stations. Daphne Merrill’s book “The Lakes of Maine” includes many tidbits of information (facts, legends) about Moosehead (link is HERE - scroll down to page 34).
The heyday of tourism at Moosehead was in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many tens of steamboats catered to tourists during these years. Following the decline of the steamboat industry, many vessels were scuttled in the lake. BBC Travel has recently published an article about the steamboats of Moosehead and includes links to several videos showing the sunken vessels. These pieces make for interesting reading & watching!
As of early 2022, there were 7 species of invasive aquatic plants in Maine - in a total of 32 waterbodies (or groups of closely associated waterbodies). The most common taxon is Variable leaf milfoil (in 25 waterbodies). The other species are: Eurasian water milfoil, Curly leaf pondweed, Brittle naiad (also known as Brittle waternymph), European frogbit, Parrot feather, and Hydrilla. Most of the occurrences are south of Bangor, the notable exception being Big Lake & Lewy Lake in Downeast Maine.
Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has produced a map showing the distribution of these species. An interactive map is here. Read more about Maine’s aquatic invaders on the pages of these organizations (among others): DEP, Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM), and Lakes Environmental Association (LEA).
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