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Moose Pond

  • Midas: 3134
  • Lake Surface: 1,617 acres
  • Watershed: 11,170 acres
  • Max. Depth: 70 feet
  • Elevation: 418 feet
  • Towns: Bridgton, Denmark, Sweden

Public boat ramps are located off of route 302 between the North and Main basin, as well as, in the Southern basin off of Denmark Rd.

Moose Pond, located in Bridgton, Sweden and Denmark, passes by the foot of the Pleasant Mountain range and is a favorite spot for many anglers, boaters and swimmers. The causeway that now separates the north basin from the main basin was once a low wooden bridge on top of pine cribbing, which was built by cutting holes through the ice in the winter of 1834.


Moose Pond is divided into three distinct basins. The upper and lower basins both experience low dissolved oxygen concentrations in the deeper waters, which provides little habitat for coldwater fish species. Although oxygen depletion often limits summer habitat, the middle basin is managed primarily for landlocked salmon and lake trout. The pond also supports populations of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, white perch, chain pickerel, hornpout, rainbow smelt, white sucker, fallfish, golden shiners, pumpkinseed sunfish and slimy sculpin.

Moose Pond Project

In the spring of 2010, LEA worked with the Moose Pond Association and Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District to conduct a survey of erosion sites within the pond’s 11,170 acre watershed. As part of the project, volunteers and technical staff identified 178 erosion sites that are having negative impacts on the pond. Most of the sites documented were small but the cumulative impact of all these sites is substantial. The report includes a brief description, location information and recommendations on how to correct each problem. In addition to documenting erosion, the project served as an educational tool for citizens to learn about water quality and how our activities affect ponds and lakes. To view a copy of the recent survey click on: Moose Pond Watershed Survey. From 2012-2014, LEA worked on a much larger implementation project within the watershed to correct the worst problems that were identified during the survey. For more information about this aspect of the project, call LEA at 647-8580

Moose Pond Watershed soils

12 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.

12 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.

52 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.

3 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.

8 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 13 percent of the watershed is taken up by the pond.

LEA’s Efforts on Moose Pond

Due to Moose Pond’s large area, LEA monitors and reports on the North, Main, and South basins individually. View the reports below for each basin.

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