Acadia National Park Lakes, Rivers & Waterfalls

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Acadia National Park includes 14 Great Ponds (more than 10 acres) and 10 smaller ponds. Carved by glaciers, these freshwater ponds offer visitors unparalleled opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and biking. Many of the water bodies serve as local water supplies and so have usage restrictions, which are posted.

Scenic Lakes and Ponds

The following Great Ponds are among the Park’s most scenic ponds.

Jordan Pond

Visitors to Jordan Pond can walk on the woodland trails that encircle the pond. The only restaurant within the Park, the Jordan Pond House is famous for popovers and jam and other local dishes. Access is from the Park Loop Road.

Bubble Pond

Located close to Jordan Pond and the Park Loop Road, Bubble Pond is nestled between the rounded mountains called the Bubbles. A carriage road provides visitors good surfaces for walking and biking.

Eagle Lake

The largest freshwater lake in the park is accessed from Route 233. Eagle Lake and the surrounding 6-mile carriage road are popular for biking, walking, cross country skiing, fishing, kayaking, and boating.

Long Pond

Located on the quiet western side of Mount Desert Island at the northern end of Route 102, the 4-mile long pond is surrounded by mountains and hiking trails. Fishing and boating are allowed on Long Pond.

Echo Lake

South of Somesville on the west side of Route 102, Echo Lake is the most popular freshwater swimming site in the Park. There’s also a boat launch at Ike’s Point.

Seal Cove Pond

Located in the town of Seal Cove, near Northeast Harbor, Seal Cove Pond is quiet and tranquil. It is a less crowded spot for fishing, kayaking, and boating.

Upper Hadlock Pond

This pond is on Route 3 in Northeast Harbor, just north of Asticou Azalea Garden. Hiking trails trace the south and west shorelines of this 35-acre pond.

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