Brettun's Pond, "The Greatest Little Pond in Maine," is located between Routes 4 and 108 in the Belgrade Lakes Region. This four-season pond is situated in Livermore, a quaint, rural community with beautiful surroundings, many water resources and relatively low taxes.
Located only 20 miles from the twin cities, Lewiston and Auburn, Brettun's Pond encompasses 165 acres and has a maximum depth of 42 feet with an average depth of 15 feet. It's fed by several springs and two streams. Brettun's Pond is the headwater pond to Martin Stream, a major tributary to the Nezinscot River.
In 1975, the Brettun's Pond Association (BPA) formed. The BPA's mission is "to protect the quality of the pond, enhance the opportunities for a wide range of recreational activities, and establish a group of citizens that would act in a role of stewardship for the pond." In 1998, the BPA formed a Water Quality Committee. Members of the committee, including Churchill Barton, Dennis Mancini and Dot Young, have been trained by the Volunteer Lake Monitors Program to test the lake waters. The water quality of Brettun's Pond is considered average. Canoe or kayak around the pond and you'll soon realize that you can see the pebbles at the bottom of this clear body of water.
The BPA has also recently completed a Watershed Survey, looking for areas of erosion that cause sediment to wash into the pond. From this survey, a Watershed Management Plan was developed.
Anglers will note that though stocking efforts by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have made some coldwater fish available, Brettun's Pond is considered to be a warm water fishery. Sport fish including brown trout, brook trout, smallmouth bass, white perch and chain pickerel are the main catches. The shoreline brush, ledges, inlets and docks offer ideal fishing opportunities. Trolling, casting artificial lures and bait fishing are popular on the pond. An unimproved boat launch is located just off Route 4 near the outlet. It's suitable for trailerable boats.
Brettun's Pond was named for William H. Brettun, who once owned two sawmills and a gristmill at the outlet.
During the summer you can swim, fish and boat in anything from a canoe to a ski boat. Winter months mean it's time for ice fishing, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling, perhaps with the Bear Mountain Blazers Snowmobile Club. Plenty of hiking trails are nearby, plus downhill skiing at Jay's Spruce Mountain Ski Slope.
Why not let the pristine waters of this peaceful, wooded setting become your lakefront vacation getaway? On Brettun's Pond you can enjoy year-round activities and still be close to amenities.