Tripp Lake in Poland, Maine Offers Tranquil Beauty in Abundance

Real Estate Agent with Anne Plummer and Associates

Located less than an hour from Sebago Lake, LL Bean and the Freeport factory outlets, Portland, and Bridgton, sits the 768-acre Tripp Lake in the western Maine town of Poland.

Tripp Lake is part of the Little Androscoggin River Watershed. This clean, sandy-bottom lake is about 3 miles long and has a maximum depth of 35 feet. It's one of the thousands of Maine lakes and ponds that the glaciers left behind at the close of the ice age and is roughly oriented from north to south.

Tripp Lake is surrounded by Tiger and Megquier Hills and Meadow Brook wetland to its north and west, and Black Cap Mountain, Bragdon and White Oak Hill to the south and east. It's an ideal place for small boats, canoes and kayaks. To keep the lake tranquil, residents have prohibited the use of jet skis.

Wildlife abounds in this serene area. On any given day you might spot loons and chickadees, great blue heron, Canada geese, wood ducks, black ducks, snowy egrets, painted turtles, beaver, mink, moose, deer, bald eagles and great northern owls. The lake's fishery includes small and largemouth bass, pickerel and perch. We encourage you to practice catch and release to ensure that everyone can enjoy the fishing here.

Water quality monitoring data has been collected since 1974. The Maine DEP, the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program and Tripp Lake Volunteers have collaborated in the collection of data over the years and consider the water quality to be average.

The Tripp Lake Improvement Association (TLIA), a non-profit with the mission to oversee the well-being of Tripp Lake and its surrounding watershed in Poland, formed in the early ‘70s and today is 148 member families strong. In an article in the Association's 2009 newsletter, Babs Shapiro, ex-president of TLIA, encourages folks to "learn how to prevent runoff by planting hardy plants to absorb water before it hits the lake. Use phosphorous free fertilizers on lawns and plants . . . Runoff contains sand and soil, which contains phosphorous. Too much in the lake produces algae, which can produce an algae bloom."

Tripp Lake has been a favorite recreational area for over a hundred years. At one time the Tripp Lake Pavilion on Route 11 and Tripp Lake Road was home to Saturday night dances. Sulky racing took place on the frozen lake in the 1940s and ‘50s. Bridge's Beach, originally called Maple Grove Point, was a favorite recreation spot and camping area from the late 1800s until about 1960. Since 1982, the former Scotchman's Beach on Route 11 has served as a public beach for the residents of Poland. TLIA hosts an annual public beach clean-up day there each July.

Just imagine yourself sitting on your dock watching the setting sun or boating, fishing, swimming, ice skating, cross country skiing or snowmobiling across the lake. When you consider lakefront property, Tripp Lake may just be your piece of heaven on earth.

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