Granger Pond is located in central Denmark, just south of Moose Pond. Its lightly developed shoreline offers a peaceful angling experience. A large sawdust pile on the northwest side of the pond is a testament to the historical presence of logging in the area. Like many of the ponds and lakes in this region, Granger runs northwest to southeast and was shaped primarily during the last glacial period.
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.
The average Secchi disk reading for 2019 was 7.26 meters, fell into the high range, and was deeper than the long-term average of 6.74 meters. The average total phosphorus reading of 6.88 ppb fell into the moderate range and was lower than the long-term average of 7.67 ppb. The chlorophyll-a average of 2.38 ppb fell into the moderate range and was lower than the long-term average of 3.38 ppb. Long-term trend analysis indicates chlorophyll–a concentrations in Granger Pond are stable, total phosphorus concentrations are decreasing, and clarity readings are stable. The average color reading for 2019 was 19.63 SPU, indicating that water in Granger Pond is moderately colored. Suitable fish habitat was present through June, however quickly transitioned to marginal and then unsuitable habitat in July. Unsuitable habitat persisted through September.
Granger Pond’s 2019 Quick Stats
Granger Pond surface water chlorophyll, phosphorus, and Secchi depth data summary. Colored boxes represent the long-term range of values, from minimum to maximum, obtained on Granger Pond. The line represents the long-term average value and the large dot represents 2019’s average value. The small red dots represent individual readings taken in 2019.
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.