There are actually two Long Ponds on Mount Desert Island. “Little” Long Pond is located just west of the village of Seal Harbor on the northern side of Route 3. Because the ocean is in full view on the opposite side of the road, you may miss the pond while driving by. A Carriage Road runs along the southern section but, since it is outside the park, bicyclists are not allowed. However, it is a great place for a scenic walk.
The much larger Long Pond, sometimes referred to as “Great” Long Pond, is further west of Somes Sound and Echo Lake. Much of its shores are on Acadia National Park land. Most of the pond is within the township of Mount Desert. The southern part is within Southwest Harbor. Easy access is found at the northern end off Route 102.
If you viewed Mount Desert Island from the air, you would notice that the land appears as if a giant hand had scooped out large sections in a north south direction. In this case, the “hand” was of a giant continental glacier, as much as two miles high in sections. When the glacier melted, it left rounded mountain tops, lots of boulders, and long lakes such as the nearly 4 mile long “Great” Long Pond.
Great Long Pond Specs:
Maximum water depth: 113 feet
Boats: No horsepower limit
Cold water fishing: Landlocked salmon
Warm water fishing: Small mouth bass, chain pickerel
For more detailed information on Long Pond and Acadia National Park, visit AcadiaMagic.com.
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