Pleasant Lake, Maine, USA

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Pleasant Lake is a glacial ribbon lake oriented in a north-to-south direction, with a surface area of 1,332 acres and a surface elevation of 427 feet. The Greater Bridgton Lakes Region, an area of western Maine known for some of the most beautiful and cleanest bodies of water and the best brown trout fishing in the state, is home to the northern end of Pleasant Lake. Pleasant Lake is 4 miles long and 0.5 miles wide, and typifies the lakes in this region. Anglers enjoy casting for bass, perch, and black crappie, as well as trolling for landlocked salmon and lake trout. Fly fishing for brook trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout is also a productive activity. Salmon are a particularly good catch here, with 2- to 4-pound fish caught on a regular basis. The northern end of Pleasant Lake is found in Otisfield, in Oxford County, Maine, which is a small town with a population of about 1,600.

The Sebago Lakes Region holds the southern end of this lake, which is found in Casco, Maine, in Cumberland County, population 3,500 and growing. Casco is home to a heron rookery, which is a must-see on any trip to the area, and three historic museums. For those looking for small-town energy and a relaxed atmosphere, Casco has gift shops, antiques, crafts, art galleries, and a choice of other businesses and shops to browse. Otisfield has a drive-in boat launch, and Casco has a public boat launch, with beaches found at both the north and south ends of the lake.

The Mountains and Lakes Region of western Maine is a haven for skiers, snowshoe enthusiasts, snowboarders, snowmobilers, and so many others who enjoy the larger tourist areas as well as the more remotely located and undeveloped places to visit and take advantage of the wild winter conditions. Beyond fishing, the area is known for its horseback riding, swimming, golfing, boating, canoeing, and kayaking.

Camping is very popular in the area, as is vacationing in a remote rental cottages or self-catering cabins or lodges surrounded by forestland. Opportunities abound for booking a unique and unforgettable lengthy vacation or even a short weekend stay. From bed and breakfast accommodations to large hotels to spas and ski resorts, there is something for every taste and budget.

Pleasant Lake is spring fed, and it drains into Parker Pond, a smaller lake to the south that is connected to Pleasant Lake by Lilly Brook (also called Lily Brook) passageway, over which a road dubbed Mayberry Hill Road has been constructed. Lilly Brook is narrow and falls into a no-wake zone, so for safety and minimizing disturbances on the shore, motor boats and larger craft are prohibited on Lilly Brooke. However, lake lovers are welcome to navigate the scenic passage at a leisurely via canoe, kayak, paddle boat, or rowboat.

Both Pleasant Lake and Parker Pond are points of recreational interest, and both are noted for their excellent water quality. A concerted effort by local residents who formed the nonprofit Pleasant Lake and Parker Pond Association (PLPPA) in the 1960s has helped prevent invasive plant species from entering either of the lakes on Lilly Brook. Pleasant Lake is found to the northeast of Sebago Lake, which is the deepest lake in Maine and also the second largest.

Cumberland County enjoys a reputation for stunning landscapes and a variety of indoor and outdoor recreation possibilities. From the Cumberland County Civic Center in nearby Portland, Maine, which hosts all manner of entertainment, to the popular Blacksmiths Winery, to the well-attended Casco Flea Market, there is always something going on in this area for every kind of visitor to enjoy in every season. Hiking, biking, and walking in the lush green countryside are popular in the warmer months, and there are many options for choosing a dedicated forested trail or lakeside path.

Sebago Lake State Park is one of Maine’s five original state parks that opened in 1938. This park is a year-round attraction and home to two boat launches that are open to the public. Camping is popular, as the park boasts a campground with 250 sites. Over 1,400 acres of land make this park a versatile recreational choice: hiking trails are popular and well used, and much of the land is forested. Beaches are also found here, along Sebago Lake, and picnic tables and park-like grounds are available for family relaxation and daytrip getaways. The area is a magnet for local nature lovers. From woodlands to wetlands, this park holds a variety of natural resources for fun, relaxation, and a general appreciation of the incredible diversity of Maine’s landscape.

Pleasant Lake is close to other parks, including Bradbury Mountain State Park, only 28 miles away, and Range Ponds State Park, 17 miles away. Otisfield relies mainly on tourism for its economy, which is well deserved. With its picturesque New England feel and its breathtaking views, the area is the perfect Maine getaway. In the summer, black-eyed susans and scarlet bee balms are two of the vibrant native plants that dot the countryside, and blueberry fields are expansive. Rolling hills surround the town, and the fall foliage is bright and colorful. The local bodies of water, including Pleasant Lake, are some of the cleanest and best maintained in Maine. Pleasant Lake averages clarity of 8.6 feet. Parker Pond is found directly south of Pleasant Lake, Long Lake is to the west, and Thomspon Lake is to the northeast.

The Portland International Airport is a short drive away, as are major shopping centers, and the lake is located less than an hour from the Atlantic coast. Across the border into New Hampshire are the majestic White Mountains, which feature downhill skiing only 17 short miles from Pleasant Lake. Cross-country skiing is popular throughout the region, and the crisp New England winters allow several months of opportunity to experience all kinds of popular winter recreation.

Things to do at Pleasant Lake ME

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Horseback Riding
  • State Park
  • Museum
  • Antiquing
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Pleasant Lake ME

  • Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Crappie
  • Lake Trout
  • Perch
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Salmon
  • Trout

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 1,332 acres

    Shoreline Length: 10 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 427 feet

    Average Depth: 33 feet

    Maximum Depth: 62 feet

    Water Volume: 40,125 acre-feet

    Water Residence Time: 5 years

    Lake Area-Population: 5,100

    Drainage Area: 6 sq. miles

    Trophic State: Oligotrophic

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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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