McWain Pond in Waterford is about two miles long by a half mile wide, covers 445 acres in surface area, and is nearly five miles around its perimeter. It has a maximum depth of 42 feet and a water quality rating of “slightly above average” as determined by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
According to the local Lakes Environmental Association, McWain Pond, whose watershed sprawls across 3.9 square miles, is an important asset to the quality of life and economy in Waterford. The shoreline is fringed with 75 seasonal and year-round residences and there are two summer youth camps, Camp Waziyatah and Birch Rock Camp, which annually attract 215 and 78 campers, respectively. McWain Pond drains to the Crooked River which flows to Sebago Lake.
There is no public boat access to McWain Pond, but if you are lucky enough to fish here you will find chain pickerel, shiners, sunfish, smallmouth bass, and perch.
McWain Pond was originally known as Long Pond and was renamed after Waterford’s first settler, David McWain, who came to the area in 1775.
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