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Raymond Pond in Maine - an Active Recreational Area for Lakefront Property Owners

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Real Estate Agent with Anne Plummer and Associates

Raymond Pond in Raymond, Maine, sits at the base of Rattlesnake Mountain in the Sebago Lakes Region. About 10 minutes from Windham and 30 from Portland, Raymond Pond is easily accessible, yet a great getaway spot.

At 346-acres, the pond is 1/2 mile wide and 1 mile long with a maximum depth of 42 feet. The small size of Raymond Pond guarantees a quiet, peaceful lake. But . . . don't be surprised to discover it is also an active recreational area. Folks enjoy water sports of all types during spring, summer and fall, and winter activities on the ice as well. Mountain biking is an option at nearby Morgan Meadow.

Eagles are often sited soaring above Raymond Pond. The 206-acre Valley Brook wetland drains into Raymond Pond and offers plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities. The pond and the brook make this an interesting place to explore via boat.

And did I mention rattlesnakes? Don't be alarmed. Local folklore claims that in the 1780s Ben Smith of Raymond climbed Rattlesnake Mountain and found it infested with timber rattlesnakes. "He named the hill after its denizens and promptly began removing them . . . the snakes became extinct with the last recorded capture in 1870 . . . The name Rattlesnake Mountain has survived, but other area features have changed their names, perhaps to avoid scaring settlers or summer campers. The two lakes that lie at the foot of the mountain, Great Rattlesnake Pond and Little Rattlesnake Pond, became Crescent Lake and Raymond Pond, respectively, leaving the mountain alone as a reminder of its now extirpated denizens," according to Tim Sample and Steve Bither in their book entitled "Maine Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities and Other Offbeat Stuff."

The water quality of Raymond Pond is slightly above average. It's rated "GPA" as classified by the Maine Water Quality Classification System. "GPA waters ‘shall be of such quality that they are suitable for . . . drinking water after disinfection, recreation in and on the water, fishing . . . and as habitat for fish and other aquatic life. The habitat shall be characterized as natural.'" (38 MRSA section 465-A)

This is great news if you are looking for a classic seasonal or year-round home on Raymond Pond. Just imagine . . . serenading loons, fishing, tubing, waterskiing, snowshoeing or cross country skiing right out your back door.

Lazy summer afternoons can be spent sitting on a dock or canoeing the transparently blue lake. Raymond Pond is framed by tall, dark green pines. The rocky shoreline, weedy coves and good forage base sustain a significant bass fishery.

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Rattlers...like termites..you just don't see them in Maine.

Mar 31, 2010 03:17 AM