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Fishing Derby Back for 2023!

The Summer 2023 Fishing Derby is coming! Get more information about the Derby on our ACTIVITIES and EVENTS page.

WEST Harbor Pond Hats for sale!



West Harbor Pond is a beautiful 84-acre freshwater lake in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Designated and protected by the state as a Great Pond, it is home to an abundance of fish and wildlife. 


As part of the watershed connecting Knickerbocker Lake to Boothbay Harbor's inner harbor and the Gulf of Maine, West Harbor Pond is a pathway for migrating alewives and glass eels. The population of large- and small-mouth bass and white perch keeps fishermen busy.


The Pond is a bird lovers’ paradise with regular sightings of bald eagles, osprey, owls, blue heron, loons, and white egrets. It is home to kingfishers, cormorant, and an ever-changing population of ducks including buffleheads, wood ducks, and other migratory waterfowl. Along its shores, deer, wild turkey, fox, and mink are plentiful. Turtles and beaver make their home in the Pond.  See examples of Pond wildlife in our Photo gallery.


West Harbor Pond is also a place of stillness. State law prohibiting motorized craft over 9.9 hp means that there are few motorboats on the Pond.  Most folks venture out in canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, rowing shells, and row boats when they wish to enjoy the benefits of this special place. 

We might think of West Harbor Pond mostly in the warmer seasons, but in winter it becomes a special place as winter weather turns it into a home for winter's special seasonal activities as well.

Be a part of the WHPWA community.

Summer on the Pond

- Swimmers of all ages gliding through clear water

- Fishermen in kayaks, boats, and on the shore--and the Fishing Derby!!!

- Children splashing and laughing as they jump from floats or rope swings

- Ladies gathering in kayaks to enjoy a leisurely paddle and cocktail hour

- Vacationing and resident dogs love to swim, too...

- Wildlife:  Osprey flying overhead or diving for a meal.  Herons on shore tending their clutch. Beavers swimming, carrying bottom plants for lunch. A pair of loons swimming and diving. "Glenn" and "Frye", our resident bald  eagles.  Mallards, cormorants, gulls, turtles, and on it goes.


Loons on the Lake

In Summer 2022 West Harbor Pond became the pond of choice for a loon couple to bear and raise its chick!  Please visit the WHPWA website News Page to learn more and to see photos of the happy family.

The loons are back for 2023!  Earlier in the spring there were four loons visiting on the Pond, by early May it appears that two have remained, perhaps for the season.


Annual Meeting Date Announced

The 2023 WHPWA annual meeting will be held on Sunday August 13th.  Many more details are to come, so put the date on your calendar now, and return here in the coming weeks to get the details.

Fishing Derby Winners Announced

For the Summer 2022 Fishing Derby final details, go to the West Harbor Pond Fishing Page .

WHPWA and the Lakes Stewards of Maine

In 2023, the WHPWA will continue in its relationship with the Lake Stewards of Maine, the organization that oversees the collection of water quality data from lakes across the state.  We have been collecting and providing water transparency data to LSM since 2010.  Beginning in 2022 we have been providing our temperature and dissolved oxygen data to LSM.


In May 2022 West Harbor Pond was featured as the “Lake of the Month” on the LSM’s website, where they posted an article about the Pond on their home page.  You can read this article at .

For more information about the WHPWA relationship to the Lake Stewards, go to the Lake Stewards page on this website.


Loon photo by Lois Glaser

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Moonlight Paddles On West Harbor Pond 


The next Moonlight Paddle for the 2023 season is scheduled for July 2nd, 2023.

This is the "Buck Moon" paddle.


Click here for more information on Moonlight Paddles

© 2023 by West Harbor Pond Watershed Association.

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