Toddy Pond, Maine, USA

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Toddy Pond is an elongated body of water tucked inside the Downeast and Acadia region of Maine. The lake is known for the spectacular mirror-like reflections that bounce off its surface, particularly during the fall when leaves change from green to bright orange and red. Toddy Pond spans 2,408 acres with 31 shoreline miles. A part of the Penobscot River Watershed, it is in close proximity to several towns in Hancock County including Blue Hill, Orland, Penobscot and Surry.

Toddy Pond Dam is owned and operated by the Verso Paper Corporation. Depth of the lake averages 27 feet with a maximum depth of 122 feet. Toddy Pond serves as the main water supply for Silver Lake and Alamoosook Lake; water is pumped to neighboring Alamoosook Lake from Toddy Pond, and from there it is routed to Silver Lake and on to the local mill.

Fishing is a relaxing pastime along the peaceful waters of Toddy Pond. However, the ambiance turns intense up to seven times per year when periodic bass tournaments are held: these unique events are known to become quite entertaining and competitive. Lake trout, white perch, splake and smallmouth bass are the most prevalent species here, while white sucker, alewife and landlocked salmon can also be found. Interestingly, Toddy Pond is made up of three well-defined basins: the central and southern basins that are home to most of the warmwater species, and the northern basin that holds the coldwater fish.

During the summer, Toddy Pond is perfect for swimming, canoeing and kayaking. For more of an adrenaline rush, try windsurfing or waterskiing. Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year for camping at Toddy Pond. Winter activities at the lake include ice skating and ice fishing along with cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Just a few minutes from Toddy Pond you’ll find lands belonging to the Great Pond Conservation Trust, an organization devoted to the preservation of the Orland River Watershed. It consists of 4,300 acres and is perfect for recreational diversions such as mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking. Stunning trails lead to picturesque destinations, including Hellbottom Swamp and Hothole Valley – a 3,420-acre plot of forest connected to Great Pond Mountain, Oak Hill, Flying Moose and Flag Hill Mountain. During the warm months of the year, horseback riding and picnicking are great options for warm, sunny days. Throughout the winter, snow lovers spend their days snowmobiling and cross-country skiing down various trails.

Also nearby, Acadia National Park makes for an amazing day trip from Toddy Pond. Visited by over two million people each year, there is no shortage of recreational activities here. You’ll love everything from hiking and rock climbing to wildlife watching and experiencing a narrated boat cruise. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are available during the winter, along with dog sledding and snowmobiling. The park features 125 miles of trails, including the Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail, which is suited to intermediate to advanced hikers to trek its 7.4 steep miles. In comparison to other nearby locales, chances run high for spotting big mammals such as mountain lions, wolves and moose. Children enjoy indoor activities at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, the historical exhibits at the Islesford Historical Museum on Little Cranberry Island, and the Native American history center at Abbe Museum.

Very close to Toddy Pond is the historic town of Blue Hill, which was settled in 1762 and officially established in 1789. The municipality’s industry revolved around shipbuilding and bartering. Today, Blue Hill is still home to much of its original architecture, now considered antique. Every year the town holds the famous Blue Hill Fair, run by the Hancock County Agricultural Society (an organization that has been in existence since 1891).

Whether you come to relax by the lake shore, stroll through wild blueberry barrens, or visit one of the surrounding national parks, you will want to return to see your face reflected in Toddy Pond’s sparkling waters. Real estate properties are available for people who wish to relocate, and vacation rentals for those simply looking for a holiday in heaven.

Things to do at Toddy Pond

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Tournaments
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Rock Climbing
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Dog Sledding
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • National Park
  • Museum
  • Antiquing

Fish species found at Toddy Pond

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Lake Trout
  • Perch
  • Salmon
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Splake Trout
  • Sucker
  • Trout
  • White Perch

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    Toddy Pond Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Verso Paper Corporation

    Surface Area: 2,408 acres

    Shoreline Length: 31 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 158 feet

    Average Depth: 27 feet

    Maximum Depth: 122 feet

    Water Volume: 49,989 acre-feet

    Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

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