Breakneck Ponds


Upper Breakneck Pond

The Breakneck Ponds are two ponds in the Bar Harbor section of Acadia National Park. Upper Breakneck Pond is the pond to the north and is shown in the photograph above. This pond is nine acres in surface area and at 260 feet (79 meters) above sea level. The maximum depth of the pond is 12 feet (3.7 meters) with an average depth of 6 feet (1.8 meters). The pond is eutrophic, that is, it has abundant vegetation and low levels of oxygen. Fish in Upper Breakneck Pond include Brook Trout, Eel, White Sucker, Minnows, Pumpkinseed Sunfish and Banded Killifish. Upper Breakneck Pond is connected to Lower Breakneck Pond by Breakneck Brook that flows through the vegetation at the bottom of the photograph above. The next photograph shows Lower Breakneck Pond to the south of Upper Breakneck Pond. The mountains in the background are Cadillac Mountain to the left and Pemetic Mountain.

Lower Breakneck Pond

The northern edge of Lower Breakneck Pond has a beaver dam as seen in the photograph above. Lower Breakneck Pond has a surface area of eight acres and is 260 feet (79 meters) above sea level. The maximum depth or the pond is 21 feet (6.4 meters) with an average depth of  11 feet (3.4 meters). Lower Breakneck Pond is mesotrophic, that is, it has moderate levels of vegetation and dissolved oxygen. Fish in Lower Breakneck Pond are the same as those in Upper Breakneck Pond. Both Breakneck ponds are fed by Breakneck Brook that also is the outlet for the Breakneck Ponds. This brook drains the wetlands around Eagle lake to the south of the Breakneck Ponds and flows to Frenchman Bay at the Village of Hulls Cove in Bar Harbor.

Breakneck Ponds and Youngs Mountain

The photograph above shows Youngs Mountain to the west of Breakneck Ponds. The photograph below shows the south end of Lower Breakneck Pond.

South End of Lower Breakneck Pond

These ponds are along a carriage road that runs north from the Eagle Lake parking area on State Route 233 (Eagle Lake Road). Go north (right) on the carriage road at the parking lot. The Breakneck Ponds are on the left about one and a half miles (2.4 kilometers) from the parking lot. Allow about 30 minutes to hike from the parking lot to the ponds.


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