Enjoying Winter on West Harbor Pond!

The “off season” for WHP has definitely arrived. By off season we don’t mean non-kayaking/boating/swimming season, but rather, the shoulder season until the pond freezes over and pond activities can resume. Our beloved Buffleheads signal the arrival of this shoulder season, flying in from Canada or Alaska to enjoy our “warmer” winter climate. As the pond continues to ice over, Buffleheads are often found swimming and diving at the northern end, where the moving water from the creek helps maintain open water. It’s also a good time to keep an eye out for loons, osprey, and our bald eagle pair, Glenn and Frye, as they have been aptly nicknamed. 


Once the ice is determined to be safe for foot traffic, don some snow shoes or cross country skis and head out on the pond. It’s an ideal location for walking in sunshine on a crisp February day. New winter photos of walks, wildlife, or fresh snow are always welcomed for website or Facebook sharing. 

WHP Siphon Has Resumed Operation!

After six years of intensive efforts, the West Harbor Pond Watershed Association was successful in replacing the broken 1880 siphon, which could no longer remove salt water from the bottom of the pond. In the summer of 2018, the WHPWA’s Campaign to Save West Harbor Pond raised the necessary funds to build and install a new siphon. 

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Watershed Survey Report Now Available


The WHPWA conducted a Watershed Survey on June 6, 2018 in partnership with the Boothbay Region Water District, Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, Boothbay Region Land Trust, Boothbay Harbor Sewer District, Lake Stewards of Maine (formerly Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program), the Town of Boothbay Harbor and Maine DEP.

After many months of analyzing data and photographs collected during the watershed survey, the WHP Watershed Survey Report is complete.


2020 Moonlight Paddle Schedule TBD

See the complete schedule here.

Fishing on West Harbor Pond

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Photo: Leslie Volpe