Lake Wood

Lake Wood

Lake Wood is a body of water in Acadia National Park with a surface area of 14.8 acres (0.06 square kilometers) to 16 acres (0.065 square kilometers) depending upon the data source. The National Park Service asserts the smaller area and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game asserts the larger area. Another area of disagreement is the type of lake. The National Park Service considers Lake Wood to be a mesotrophic body of water, that is, it has moderate levels of vegetation and dissolved oxygen. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game considers the lake  eutrophic, that is, a body of water with abundant vegetation and low levels of dissolved oxygen. This website is accepting the National Park Service data but this assessment could change. Both agencies agree that the maximum depth is 11 feet (3.4 meters) and the average depth is 6.9 feet (2.1 meters).  The elevation of Lake Wood is 136 feet (42 meters) above sea level. The turbidity of Lake Wood varies but the bottom of the deepest point can be visible. The photograph above is a view of Lake Wood looking south. Part of Youngs Mountain in Acadia National Park is seen to the right.

The fish in Lake Wood include Brook Trout, Rainbow Smelt, American Eel, White Sucker, Minnows, Banded Killifish and Pumpkinseed Sunfish.

Lake Wood drains the wetlands to the south. The outlet from Lake Wood is to the north and supplies water to Hamilton Pond through the wetland to the north called The Heath. The annotated photograph of the Acadia National Park table relief map shows how the water from Lake Wood makes its way to Hamilton Pond and, ultimately, into Frenchman Bay through Northeast Creek. Mount Desert Island is divided east to west by the Mount Desert Range of mountains. In general, bodies of water north of this mountain range drain into Frenchman Bay or Western Bay. Waters south of this mountain range drain into the Atlantic Ocean or Blue Hill Bay.

Acadia National Park Relief Map Section

This lake is popular with local swimmers and fishermen. Visitors are often unaware of Lake Wood. There is no lifeguard on duty. People swim at their on risk. The next photograph is a view of Lake Wood looking southeast. The summit of Cadillac Mountain can be seen just above the trees in the center of the photograph. The main swim beach is down and to the left of this view. The sign in the photograph informs visitors that dogs are not allowed on the beach.

The Town of Bar Harbor had jurisdiction over the eastern shore of Lake Wood until the property was recently transferred to the National Park Service. On the eastern shore of Lake Wood seen in the center of the photograph is a small promontory that hides a granite ledge. This ledge was a favorite spot for nude bathers and homosexual activity when the Town of Bar Harbor had jurisdiction. The National Park Service has recently been discouraging these activities that are illegal in national parks.

Lake Wood Southeast

East of Lake Wood is a three-acre (0.012 square kilometer) pond called Fawn Pond. Little data is available for this pond because of its isolation. The photograph of Fawn Pond shown below depicts a pond with a great deal of vegetation. Fawn Pond drains through a brook into Lake Wood.

Fawn Pond

Lake Wood is off The Crooked Road in the Village of Hulls Cove, Town of Bar Harbor. The access road to Lake Wood is on the left less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the beginning of The Crooked Road in Hulls Cove. This access road is the first paved entrance to a road past the entrance to the Birch Bay retirement community. Most of the access road is gravel. There is a parking area at the end of this access road with a short fire road leading to the beach at Lake Wood.

Access to Fawn Pond is via a trail off the access road above the parking area. This trail leads to the ledge described above. Follow the shore from the ledge until the brook draining Fawn Pond is encountered. Follow this brook to Fawn Pond.

Lake Wood and Fawn Pond are isolated. Help may not be readily available in case of emergency. Exercise caution in this area.

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