Embden Pond, Maine, USA
Also known as: Embden Lake
Welcome to the ultimate guide for history, statistics, local fun facts and the best things to do at Embden Pond.
If you’re considering Embden Pond vacation rentals, we’ve made it super easy to explore accommodations and nearby hotels using the interactive map below. Simply click on a listing to compare similar properties, best rates and availability for your dates. Or keep scrolling to read our Embden Pond guide!
Embden Pond visitor and community guide
When you arrive at Embden Pond, you have arrived at an outdoors enthusiast’s paradise. The clear waters of Embden Pond, also known as Embden Lake, reflect the scenic hills and mountains of the Kennebec Valley of west-central Maine. The scenery alone will attract you, but the endless recreational opportunities will keep you returning to Embden Pond again and again.
Embden Pond’s five-mile length and one-mile width make it a perfect setting for boating and fishing. Hancock Stream meanders from nearby Hancock Pond to provide the inlet for Embden Pond. A second stream, Mill Stream, provides the outlet that flows to the Carrabassett River. Embden Pond is owned by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The maintenance of lakeside facilities and water quality are shared by the Town of Embden and Embden Pond Association. Embden Pond Dam, which controlled the lake’s water level, washed away leaving Mother Nature to control the current lake level at 415 feet.
Embden Pond is located in Somerset County, Maine’s third largest county. Located just west of Highway 201, a National Scenic Byway, Embden Pond draws travelers from Quebec, Canada to Portland, Maine. With a combined population of 5,300 residents, the surrounding rural communities of Embden, New Portland, Solon and Anson provide services to seasonal visitors.
Some 350 permanent residents call Embden Pond home. Nestled among the Embden Pond community you will find vacation rentals that offer visitors a welcome temporary residence. For those who prefer the outdoor experience, campgrounds are scattered around Embden Lake’s wooded shoreline and nearby Hancock Pond. In 2008, the state upgraded and expanded the public boat ramp at the south end of Embden Pond. The town of Embden maintains a beach near the boat ramp for those who enjoy a cool swim on a hot day.
The Embden Pond Association actively promotes lakeside and community activities. Each year, association members host a “welcome back breakfast,” a cookout, and July 4th boat parade. Educational programs include lake-monitor training, boat launch safety, and CPR training. Even the youngest residents of Embden Pond benefit from the Association through their sponsorship of an elementary school essay contest and high school scholarship program.
The Embden Pond Association helps monitor and maintain the pristine clear-water quality of Embden Lake. With a depth of 180 feet, the deep cold water of Embden Pond provides excellent game fishing opportunities. Among the species anglers will find in Embden Pond are wild salmon stocked by the state, landlocked salmon, brown bullhead, chain pickerel, banded killifish, smallmouth bass, golden and common shiner, brook and lake trout, and rainbow smelt. Fishing season is open both summer and winter. Current fishing regulations are found on the website for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Travel in any direction from Embden Pond and you will find endless opportunity to connect with some of America’s prized countryside. Immediately to the east of Embden Pond is the Kennebec River. Not for the faint of heart, the Kennebec provides world-class whitewater rafting. Whether you prefer a stroll through the countryside at the Bigelow Preserve or a hike through the most challenging portion of the Appalachian Trail, you are within easy driving distance of the best trails Maine has to offer. Outfitters and guide services are available to assist in any outdoor sport including rock climbing, kayaking and canoeing. The 10-foot annual snowfall turns Embden Pond and the surrounding mountains into a winter wonderland. Ice fishing, cross-country skiing, or snowmobiling are just outside your door. For those who prefer skiing, Sugarloaf and Saddleback mountains are a short drive to the northwest.
Whether you come for the challenge of outdoor sports or the quiet of a lakeside retreat, Embden Pond offers it all. Consider the possibilities, then plan your trip to Embden Pond today!
Custom Embden Pond house decor
Read our full review of these personalized lake house signs.
Things to do at Embden Pond
- Vacation Rentals
- Ice Fishing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Rock Climbing
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Wildlife Viewing
Fish species found at Embden Pond
- Black Bass
- Brown Bullhead
- Chain Pickerel
- Lake Trout
- Smallmouth Bass
Best hotels and vacation rentals at Embden Pond
The Embden Pond map shown above is a simple and stress-free way to search for trip accommodations. But if you want to take a deeper dive to find the ideal waterfront home, cabin, condo, hotel or resort, visit our favorite lodging partners by clicking the buttons below.
Note: These are affiliate links so we may earn a small commission if you book through them. While there is no extra cost to you, it helps provide resources to keep our site running (thank you)! You can read our full disclosure policy here.
Embden Pond photo gallery
New photos coming soon!
Embden Pond statistics & helpful links
Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed
Water Level Control: State of Maine
Surface Area: 1,568 acres
Shoreline Length: 10 miles
Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 415 feet
Average Depth: 62 feet
Maximum Depth: 180 feet
Water Volume: 91,627 acre-feet
Lake Area-Population: 350
Drainage Area: 22 sq. miles
Trophic State: Oligotrophic
We strive to keep the information on LakeLubbers as accurate as possible. However, if you’ve found something in this article that needs updating, we’d certainly love to hear from you! Please fill out our Content Correction form.
Advertise your Embden Pond vacation rental
LakeLubbers will soon offer homeowners and property managers the opportunity to to showcase their vacation rentals to the thousands of lake lovers searching our site daily for accommodations. If you’d like additional details, please contact our advertising team here.
Looking for the Embden Pond forum?
LakeLubbers previously offered visitors the ability to create accounts and participate in lake forums. When we overhauled the site’s content management system in 2021 we had to disable those features. We’re evaluating options and welcome your comments and feedback here.
Spread the word! Share our Embden Pond article with your fellow Lake Lubbers!