Granger Pond is located in central Denmark, just south of Moose Pond. Its lightly developed shoreline offers a peaceful angling experience. Like many of the ponds and lakes in this region, Granger runs northwest to southeast and was shaped primarily during the last glacial period. Historically, Granger Pond was the center of a logging area. LEA first monitored Granger Pond’s water quality in 1982, but it is now monitored biweekly in the open water season.
Granger Pond is best suited for warmwater fisheries management due to a lack of cold, well oxygenated water during the summer months, and heavy competition from warm-water species. Bass, perch, and pickerel offer a variety of angling opportunity. However, the majority of bass are of small size with few larger bass being caught. Other species are white suckers, yellow perch, hornpout (bullhead), chain pickerel, pumpkinseed sunfish, minnows and American eel. A traditional access site for canoes and car-top boats is located at the southern tip of the pond.
3 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.
65 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.
1 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.
15 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 16 percent of the watershed is taken up by the pond.
Open Water Quality Monitoring