Long Pond, located in the western sector of Mount Desert Island, is sometimes referred to as “Great” Long Pond. This helps distinguish it from the much smaller Long Pond located in Seal Harbor. Much of Great Long Pond's shores are on Acadia National Park land. It has a maximum water depth of 113 feet. Boats and fishing are allowed although, a fishing license is required for Maine residents 16 years or older and for nonresidents 12 years or older. (Long Pond Photos)
If we viewed Mount Desert Island from the air (a look at the map will do), we would notice north and south aligned gouges scooped out of the land as if by a very large hand. Indeed, in this case, the hand was that of a huge, slow moving continental glacier over a mile high,... 2 miles thick in some places. When this giant glacier finally retreated and melted, it left rounded mountain tops, many boulders, and long lakes such as the nearly 4 mile long “Great” Long Pond.
Most of the pond is located in the township of Mount Desert. The lower southern portion is part of Southwest Harbor. Easy access is gained at the northern end off Route 102, southwest of Somesville, Maine.
“Great” Long Pond":
Cold Water Fishing: Landlocked salmon
Warm Water Fishing: Smallmouth bass, chain pickerel
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries: (207) 434-5925
Wildlife Division: (207) 434-5927
Great Long Pond GPS: (North side) Latitude 44.354726; Longitude -68.362856
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