Body Of Water: Horne Pond, Limington, ME [Maine Gazzetteer Map 4, D4]
Directions: From Portland take Brighton Ave./Rt 25 through Westbrook and Gorham. From the center of Gorham (Intersetion of 114 and 25, where Gorham House of Pizza and Amatos is located) stay on Rt 25 for 1.2 miles to the rotary. Stay on Rt 25 for 13.8 miles (through Standish and into Limington, passing by 'Limington Falls Rest Area on the left." After the rest area you will pass the intersection of Rt. 25 and Rt. 11, slow down. Turn Right onto North Road and take the first dirt road on the right. Look for this sign:
This is a very narrow dirt road. I think it is also called 1st road. You will drive on this road for a while, over 0.5 miles then you will see signs that say Friendly Lane, keep on the dirt road and follow signs that say gate ahead. You will come to the Moy Mo Da Yo Recreational Area. (I didn't get a photo of that part, sorry!) The public FREE boat launch is to the left.
Boat Launch: Free... to the left of the recreation area that charges $5 per vehicle for use of their beach area. This is one of the better public launches I have seen/used. The men who I spoke with said it has been recently redone. It is a cement ramp and has a dock.
Parking: If this launch site is not busy, park in the large boat trailer/vehicle parking area. I was told that some days it get really busy and on those days they ask paddlers to unload at the launch then park in the parking lot that is used for the rec area or in the upper lot.
Wildlife: Loon, Ducks, turtles, fish (The water is so clear you can see fish in the water!)
Bathroom: There is a porta potty next to the boat launch
There ARE kayaks and canoes here to rent from the recreational area. I believe you would need to pay for entry and for the rental fee. There were two gentlemen at the gate to the park who were very helpful.
So... before I share too much about the pond I have to share a funny story. Well, funny to me. I had found this pond using google maps online. When I saw it I thought it said HOME Pond. Can you see that too, or is it just me? So... I was thinking that I would start the blog post with something clever like, 'There's no place like Home...Pond...'... But.. as I drove to it, the navigation system in my truck labeled it as Horne Pond... which is accurate... But I can say.... There's no place like HORNE Pond!