Flying Pond, the Best Kept Secret in the Belgrade Lakes Region

Real Estate Agent with Anne Plummer and Associates

Pristine Flying Pond is nestled in the Belgrade Lakes Region. Flying Pond covers 360 surface acres and has a maximum depth of 80 feet, with a mean depth of 27 feet. The water quality is average.

According to local legend, Flying Pond received its name from an Abenaki tribe. In her article entitled "A  History of Vienna, Maine,"  Ivy Woodcock wrote, "Years ago two or three Indians canoed across this pond and being attracted by its beauty carefully marked the place and went back to bring others. On coming back, they lost the trail and supposing they knew exactly where it was, they said, "It has flown away," thus it got the name of "Flying Pond."

The pond is managed primarily for warmwater species. Anglers will find excellent conditions for largemouth and smallmouth bass as well as chain pickerel.The pond is stocked with brook trout. And it maintains one of the highest smelt populations in the area.  Long stretches of natural shoreline still exist, adding to the success of these fisheries.

A public boat ramp is located on Route 41. The picturesque village of Vienna, the smallest town in Kennebec County, sits at the north shore of Flying Pond.

The certified organic farm, Flying Pond Farm, owned by Dave Blanchard and Cindy Rubinfine, has been protected with a conservation easement by the Kennebec Land Trust. Their 40 acres along the Flying Pond shoreline and adjoining marsh is protected for scenic, wildlife and ecological values.

Though Flying Pond and Vienna are not very big, you'll discover there is plenty to do here throughout the year. From hunter's breakfasts to oyster stew suppers, a Memorial Day parade, variety show, auction, dances and historical plays are just a few of the community activities this small town produces. If you enjoy being outdoors, you'll enjoy boating, relaxing at the Vienna Town Park on Flying Pond, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, skiing and hiking up any of the surrounding mountains in this western Maine foothill community. The Vienna Mountaineers Snowmobile Club maintains trails throughout town.

Milton Bradley, inventor of the board game "The Checkered Game of Life," and early version of what became "The Game of Life," and founder of the Milton Bradley Company, was born in Vienna. Another notable citizen in her early years was Carrie Wills Stevens, a world-renowned fly-tier, who created the Gray Ghost streamer fly.

Dotted with islands and surrounded with towering pines, white birches and quaking aspens, Flying Pond is one of the best kept secrets in the area. Shhhh! Don't tell!

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Comments (1)

Jody Lautenbach
Century 21 Premier Associates - Pella, IA

Always love those stories that go with the area watering spots. Can get really interesting if the Indians were invovled. Great history lesson.

Jul 01, 2010 07:30 AM