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Trickey Pond

Trickey Pond is the most transparent lake that LEA tests. The average clarity, as measured by a Secchi Disk, is over 33 feet deep. The pond has a relatively small watershed and is probably fed largely through underground springs. This would help account for Trickey’s excellent clarity, as much of the water entering would have already been “filtered” through the ground.


Trickey Pond is managed for both coldwater and warmwater fish species. The pond produces high quality landlocked salmon, and provides good habitat for adult brook trout, lake trout and splake. Because of limited spawning habitat, these coldwater fish populations are primarily maintained by the state stocking program. Chain pickerel and yellow perch populations have declined since the introduction of lake trout, and smallmouth bass are now the principle warmwater sport fish. The pond also contains largemouth bass, golden shiners, white suckers, banded killifish, hornpout, pumpkinseed sunfish, slimy sculpin and American eel.

  • Lake Surface

    315 acres
  • Watershed

    555 acres
  • Max. Depth

    59 feet
  • Elevation

    360 feet

Water Quality: 2021

The average Secchi disk reading for 2021 was 9.8 meters, which falls into the high clarity range. The average total phosphorus reading of 5.3 ppb falls into the moderate range. The average deep water phosphorus value was not significantly above surface water phosphorus values, which suggests phosphorus recycling is not problematic. The chlorophyll average of 1.8 ppb falls into the low range. Long-term trend analysis indicates chlorophyll concentrations in Trickey Pond are increasing, total phosphorus concentrations are decreasing, and clarity readings are decreasing. The average color reading for 2021 was 24.0 SPU, indicating that water in Trickey Pond fell into the moderate color range. Suitable fish habitat was present from June through September.

2021 Water-testing summary

Trickey Pond’s 2021 Quick Stats

Trickey Pond’s surface water chlorophyll (ppb), phosphorus (ppb), and Secchi depth (meters) data comparison. Colored areas represent the long-term range of values, from minimum to maximum. Area thickness indicates frequency of measurements at that value. Area thickness increases as more measurements are reported at that value. The vertical black line represents the long-term average value. The large red dot represents 2021’s average value. The small red dots represent individual readings taken in 2021.

2021 average vs. long-term average

  • Clarity: Trickey Pond's 2021 average water clarity was within the 'high clarity' range. Trickey Pond's long-term clarity trend is decreasing, indicating shallower clarity readings over time.
  • Chlorophyll: Trickey Pond's 2021 average chlorophyll concentration was within the 'low' range. Trickey Pond's long-term chlorophyll trend is increasing, indicating that chlorophyll concentrations are higher over time.
  • Phosphorous: Trickey Pond's 2021 average phosphorus concentration was within the 'moderate' range. Deep water phosphorus values were not significantly above surface water phosphorus values, indicating that phosphorus recycling was not an issue for Trickey Pond in 2021. Trickey Pond's long-term total phosphorus trend is decreasing, indicating that total phosphorus concentrations are getting lower over time.

    Watershed Soils

    35 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.

    28 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.

    The remaining 36 percent of the watershed is taken up by the pond.

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