Moose Pond, Denmark & Bridgton & Sweden
Moose Pond in West Bridgton stretches seven miles from its wilder reaches in its north end in Sweden to its shallower, more placid south end in Denmark. In between find its widest and deepest section in Bridgton just south of the Route 302 causeway. Here the pond is nearly a mile wide and its maximum depth reaches 70 feet.
The distance around the perimeter of this riboon of water is over 33 miles. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has given Moose Pond an "above average" water quality rating.
Moose Pond is the setting for one of the most striking views of the area, that of Pleasant Mountain and Shawnee Peak ski area from the Route 302 causeway that bisects Moose Pond. To your right is the wilder, more undeveloped north end of Moose Pond and to your left is the main body of the pond with the massive bulk of Pleasant Mountain, fronted by the ski area, looming up behind.
Moose Pond is home to many different fish species including bass, perch, trout, and pickerel. Because of the variety of shoreline and water depths, Moose Pond is a favorite for local fishermen. There's a public boat launch at the causeway.
In the winter you'll find the main body of the lake dotted with ice fishing houses and the surface crisscrossed with snowmobile tracks.
In the summer, take a break from the pond to hike up Pleasant Mountain and enjoy the magnificent views. The town of Bridgton is nearby offering shopping, restaurants, and a movie theater. Just 15 miles further west along Route 302 enter the shopping mecca of sales tax free North Conway, NH.