Only 15 miles from both Augusta and Lewiston, in the heart of the Maine Lakes Region, you'll find two small ponds with big personality-Cochnewagon and Wilson Ponds. They are part of the Cobbossee Watershed District.
At about 410 acres, Cochnewagon is a relatively shallow pond with a maximum depth of 28 feet and an average depth of 22 feet. Certified Water Quality Monitors, Ryan Burton and Joe Saunders, test the pond every couple of weeks from spring till fall. The water quality is average. Over the years AmeriCorps and other volunteers have completed projects such as placing rip-rap and planting shrubs and plants to create buffer zones, which protect the lake from phosphorus run-off.
Cochnewagon is set in the center of Monmouth. A town-owned boat launch on Town Boat Landing Road off Beach Road makes it easily accessible. You'll find ample parking, the town beach, picnic tables and a small basketball court by the boat launch.
Head a few minutes north on Route 132 and you'll find the narrow, crescent-shaped Wilson Pond. A boat launch, maintained by the state, is located at the southern end of the 582-acre pond in North Monmouth. A beach and picnic facility on Wilson Pond Road is owned by the North Monmouth Community Club. Wilson Pond provides anglers with good trout, bass, perch and pickerel fishing.
Wilson Pond had had good water quality in the past, but it declined steadily, reaching a record low in 2004. The Cobbossee Water District has surveyed the pond to identify existing and potential phosphorous run off and is working with the town and state to improve the water quality. The Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed launch their vessel, the Otter II, on this pond and others to share information about lake protection, including Best Method Practices such as vegetated buffer and camp road maintenance.
If you are looking for a peaceful getaway on lakefront property, let Cochnewagon or Wilson Ponds be your perfect place to relocate or retire.
Nearby you'll find the Mt. Pisgah Conservation Area, where you can hike to the 60-foot fire tower, and the Gott Pasture Preserve, with trails to hike, a vernal pool to explore and 1,100 feet of undeveloped shoreline on Wilson Pond.
The habitat of Cochnewagon is ideal for warmwater fish. White perch are especially abundant here. Ice fishing is also popular. In the February 7, 2010 edition of the Portland Press Herald, Deirdre Fleming reported that " . . . satellite location for the [Sebago Lake] DerbyFest's Youth Derby . . ." is Cochnewagon. The Youth Derby is organized by Tim "Jack" Jackson, owner and founder of Jack Traps in Monmouth.