Long Pond, Maine, USA

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USA - New England - Maine - Kennebec & Moose River Valleys -

Also known as:  Belgrade Lakes

Only in stoic northern New England would Long Pond be called a pond instead of a lake. The 2557-acre lake, in Maine’s Kennebec and Moose River Valleys Region is one of a chain of seven lakes called Belgrade Lakes. The Town of Belgrade Lakes lies only 15 miles northwest of downtown Augusta, so the lakes area has become something of a bedroom community. The easy commute has brought more and more people to the 40 square mile township with its many miles of lakeshore. Originally settled in 1774, the lake was for many years sparsely settled except for summer cottages and resorts. In the early 1900s, a large resort hotel brought hundreds of summer visitors to the lakes. The reason for Long Pond’s enduring popularity is its upper New England charm. The writer Ernest Thompson spend much of his early years at neighboring Great Pond. He later went on to write the award-winning “On Golden Pond”. Although filmed in New Hampshire, the movie captured the essence and spirit of seasonal, multi-generational cottage life at a New England pond. The many coves, wooded shore and abundant wildlife allow the visitor to lose themselves in nature’s beauty and solitude. And many soon long for a cottage here to call their own.

The area around the lake is networked with streams and ponds. Before Belgrade Stream gets to Long Pond, it flows across the old Great Pond dam then on into the lake. Upon leaving the Long Pond, it meanders south, then east until it flows across the Wings Mil Dam and eventually ends up in Messalonskee Lake before continuing on to join the Kennebec River. At the dam where the Belgrade Stream joins Long Pond, the tiny village of Belgrade Lakes acts as grocery and mail drop for the people around both lakes. Little industry remains in Belgrade Lakes except a couple of lumber mills and small town stores. Belgrade Lakes has transformed itself into home base for lake people and visitors, with festivals, cottage and boat services and a very active lakes preservation association dedicated to improving water quality and recreation opportunities for residents and visitors alike. One of their current projects is to restore the village docks and mail boat to their former glory. The Great Pond Mail Boat is the last inland water mail route in Maine.If the fundraising project is successful, the mail boat will likely continue and cottagers will once again be able to come to the stores by boat for their donuts and the latest newspapers.

Residents and visitors alike on Long Pond find plenty to keep them busy. The lake is popular for swimming for the youngsters, including from the swimming beach at Belgrade Village. All sorts of water craft are used, including power boating, sailboats, personal water craft and pontoon boats. These lake lubbers engage in water skiing, tubing, sailing, wake boarding, canoeing and kayaking. Paddle boats can be rented in town and at commercial marinas located along the chain of lakes. Away from the shore, there are plenty of trails for hiking to local ‘Blueberry Hill’, French’s Mountain and Mt Phillip. The nearby Kennebec Highlands’ 6,000 acres contain the highest peaks in Kennebec County, miles of pristine streams, several wetlands, and five undeveloped ponds. Miles of trails in the highlands provide access for hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits. An 18-hole golf course is located at Belgrade Lakes. Many local eating establishments can be found both in town and in the surrounding countryside. And, nearby Augusta offers all types of shopping, cultural activities and nightlife.

Long Pond is noted for its excellent fishing. Anglers try for black crappie, brook trout (stocked regularly), brown trout, chain pickerel, landlocked salmon (also stocked), largemouth bass, northern pike, pumpkinseed, smallmouth bass, walleye, yellow and white perch. There are ice fishing derbies, bass tournaments and other angler challenges every year. Belgrade Stream on both sides of the lake is also productive fishing waters. Boat launch facilities are available at Peninsula park in Belgrade Lakes. Most of the other lakes in the chain can be reached from the connecting streams with no more than a short portage. I winter, ice fishing is king, with locals knowing the best spot to jig for pan fish or nab a pike or walleye. Guide service is available. As always, check fish consumption guidelines before eating locally caught fish.

Vacation Rentals are usually available along the Long Pond lakefront. The entire Belgrade Lakes area is well-supplied with all types of lodging choices, with guest cottages, private homes, hotels and bed-and-breakfast located around the villages of Belgrade Lakes, Rome and Mount Vernon in the lakes. Some real estate is available and the discerning property buyer will be able to find lakefront property with a bit of perseverance. So, plan a trip to Maine’s golden ponds. You wont regret it. you’ll only regret it took you so long to come here!

Things to do at Long Pond ME

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Tournaments
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Long Pond ME

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Chain Pickerel
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Salmon
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Walleye
  • White Perch

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Belgrade Lakes Dam Committee

    Surface Area: 2,557 acres

    Shoreline Length: 31 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 236 feet

    Average Depth: 35 feet

    Maximum Depth: 106 feet

    Water Volume: 73,165 acre-feet

    Water Residence Time: 105

    Drainage Area: 22 sq. miles

    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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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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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.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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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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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    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.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    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:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    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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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    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.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    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.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    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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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - 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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