Kennebunk Pond, Maine, USA

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Just a short drive from beautiful beaches and rocky shores of the Atlantic Ocean, southern Maine is a popular destination for anglers in search of trout and other sport fish. The lakes don’t have to be large, just well stocked. The 224-acre Kennebunk Pond in the town of Lyman is well known for its 14 species of fish including landlocked alewives.

Kennebunk Pond is stocked annually with 400 to 500 brown trout, brook trout, and some rainbow trout when they are available. The pond’s shoreline is lined with seasonal cottages and year-round homes, but there is a town-owned beach and boat ramp near the outlet of the pond. Kennbunk Pond is a very popular fishing destination during all seasons with morning and evening being the busiest times. In the 1990s, landlocked alewives were stocked and since then fish in the 1- and 2-pound class are considered common and 5-pound fish are average. Because of its clean spring fed water and 43 foot maximum depth, fishermen can enjoy catching largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, while perch, chain pickerel, sunfish, brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout and alewife. During the winter months, the pond produces some of the best ice fishing in the area. The deepest water runs from the middle of the pond toward the east end, but some of the most active fishing areas are from the center of the lake toward the west end in 20 to 30 feet of water. Fly fishing is also popular from boat or shore. Small boats will have no problem with the pond’s east end public access off Route 111, which runs between the towns of Biddeford and Sanford, via the Kennebunk Pond Road. Larger boats will probably not be able to use the rather shallow access area.

There is no camping on Kennebunk Pond, but vacation rentals on the water are available. There is a small picnic area near the beach where swimming is allowed. If you’re looking for traditional camping, you might want to try Bunganut Pond which sits to the west of Kennebunk Pond. This 300 acre body of water is home to 10 species of sport fish. There is a carry in boat launch on the north shore as well as several large campgrounds.

If Kennebunk Pond is a bit too crowded, Swan Pond, north of Kennebunk Pond is a private pond also known for its excellent fishing. There are lots of vacation rentals on the lake where you can fish from the privacy of your own dock or take a boat out onto the quiet water. There is no public access to Swan Pond.

Further north of Kennebunk Pond is Wadley Pond and Roberts pond both well known for their smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, white perch, bullhead, sunfish, black crappie and American eel. Roberts Pond, at 83 acres, is separated from neighboring Wadley Pond, at 120 acres, by a causeway on the Fryes Bridge Road. The shoreline surrounding Roberts pond is mostly uninhabited and great for shore fishing. The southern shoreline of Wadley Pond is mostly undeveloped with seasonal cottages and year-round homes on the northern side. There is no boat access to the lakes, but car top boats can be launched into Roberts Pond from areas along the causeway. Vehicle parking is restricted to the road shoulder.

30 minutes northeast of Kennebunk Pond you’ll find Casco Bay and the Greater Portland area – the hub city of southern Maine. Here you will find interesting shops, museums, and oceanfront restaurants. The Cumberland County Civic Center is the home of the Portland Pirates Hockey Team and the setting for concerts, ice shows and other special events.

Although fishing is the main attraction, Kennebunk Pond and the surrounding area is a beautiful place to visit year round. Spring brings the return of hummingbirds and the haunting call of loons; summer signals vacationers and lakeside cottage owners to enjoy water related activities; fall turns the area into a sportsman’s paradise with acres of woods to roam; and winter begins a season for ice fishing, skating, snowmobiling, and downhill and cross-country skiing over miles of snow covered trails.

Things to do at Kennebunk Pond

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Museum

Fish species found at Kennebunk Pond

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Chain Pickerel
  • Crappie
  • Eel
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • White Perch
  • Yellow Perch

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 224 acres

    Shoreline Length: 4 miles

    Average Depth: 21 feet

    Maximum Depth: 43 feet

    Water Volume: 4,082 acre-feet

    Trophic State: Eutrophic

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

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    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

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    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

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    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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