Directions (from Portland, ME): Take Rt. 302 north. Go through North Windham, Raymond, Casco, and Naples into Bridgton. Once in Bridgton you will stay on Rt. 302 (which means turning left onto Main St.at the light.) You will drive through the down town part of Bridgton and will continue on Rt. 302 towards Fryeburg. After passing Highland Lake on your right, continue for three or four miles. You will come to the causeway/bridge at the base of Shawnee Peak/Pleasant Mountain that separates the two sides of Moose Pond.
Boat Launch: The boat launch is on your left when you first come upon the causeway. The boat launch is quite wide, big enough for good sized boats. There is a person there who monitors the use of the pond and checks watercrafts for millfoil.
Parking: Free. Park along Rt. 302 on the right side (when facing the mountain.) We had four vehicles in our caravan and were able to have plenty of space to park.
Wildlife: The day I went here we saw a bald eagle shortly after getting into the kayaks. It was too far away to see well or photograph, but we saw it dive and catch a fish! We did not see any turtles, but I suspect it was because we were there early on an overcast day and the turtles like to sun themselves. There were so many water lilies. I have never seen so many lilies in one body of water. (We paddled on 8/5/2011.) We saw ducks and Canada geese. I also caught a quick glimpse of a frog. (I have been told that there are a lot of loons here, but we did not see any. I wonder if it was because of so many lily pads.)
Notes: Moose Pond is a big pond. Rt. 302 separates two parts of it. You can access both sides from the water by going under the bridge. The bigger part of Moose Pond is on the side with Shawnee Peak. This side will be more choppy on windy days. Bigger motor boats are allowed and use the bigger side of the pond. We spent most of our time there on the smaller side of the pond. (Opposite of Shawnee Peak.) The smaller side offers many coves to explore. There are some rocks that are slightly below the surface in some places. While we were able to clear them a lower water level may have left us a little tippy. There were a few islands in this part of the pond that were fun to paddle around. Rt. 302 is busy so I do recommend unloading kayaks at the boat launch and then parking; carrying kayaks across Rt. 302 may be a challenge. When we were ready to leave the pond, the boat launch was quite busy. We tried to be respectful of the other water-goers by waiting our turn and staying out of the way of the vehicles with boat trailers.
I am including some pictures of our trip to Moose Pond. The quality of the pictures do not do the pond justice. I need to learn more about how to use the manual settings on my camera when it is overcast.