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Five Kezars

  • Midas: Back-3199, Middle-3201, Mud and Little Mud-3422, Jewett-3198
  • Lake Surface: 222 acres
  • Watershed: 3,114 acres
  • Max. Depth: 49 feet
  • Elevation: 572 feet
  • Towns: Waterford, Stoneham and Lovell

The Five Kezars, located in Waterford, Stoneham and Lovell, include Jewett Pond, Back Pond, Middle Pond, Mud Pond and Little Mud Pond. The Kezars are said to be named after an early hunter of the same name who frequented them as well as Kezar Pond in Fryeburg and Kezar Lake in Lovell.


The Five Kezars are suited pri­mar­ily for a warm water fish­ery. Low oxy­gen con­di­tions in the deep, cool waters of the Five Kezars severely limit the habi­tat for cold­wa­ter fish in the sum­mer months. Back Pond is the excep­tion, with most of its water col­umn remain­ing fairly well oxy­genated through­out the year. The ponds con­tain small­mouth bass, chain pick­erel, yel­low perch, golden shiner, horn­pout and pump­kin­seed sun­fish. Back Pond is stocked annu­ally with brook trout.

Watershed Soils

20 percent of soils in the watershed are type A soils. Type A soils tend to be well drained sands, loams, and gravels.  When vegetation is removed and the soil is exposed they can be susceptible to erosion. Because they are often coarse with ample pore space, there is low runoff potential and water will not usually pool on them.  These soils can be good places to site leach fields or infiltrate stormwater from a home or residence.

19 percent of soils in the watershed are type B soils. B soils have moderate infiltration rates and fine to moderate texture and soil size. They are usually made up silts and loams. Although not as well drained as A soils, they can also be good places to site leach fields and infiltrate stormwater.

37 percent of soils in the watershed are type C soils. C soils have low infiltration rates and typically have a layer that impedes the movement of water. These soils are made of sands, clays, and loams and are one of the most common soil types in western Maine.

4 percent of soils in the watershed are type D soils. D soils have a high runoff potential and very low infiltration rates.  Soils with a high water table, clay or other impervious layer near the surface are typically D soils.  These soils are often associated with wetlands.

13 percent of soils in the watershed are type C/D soils. C/D soils are a mix of these two soil types.  They have fairly high runoff potential and low infiltration rates and often pool water.

The remaining 7 percent of the watershed is taken up by the ponds.

LEA’s Efforts on The Five Kezars

Back Pond

Middle Pond

Jewett Pond

Mud Pond

Little Mud Pond

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