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Old 07-16-2010, 02:29 PM
 
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I know about Pushaw, and the spot on the river in Orono with the rope swings, but are there any other good areas to go swimming around here that have public access?
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Quite a few towns have ponds, as most towns used to have dams/mills in them. This time of year, almost any small town will have a public beach or boat ramp, some with floats near them to swim to. Dexter has a beach, with an ice cream shop/restaurant near it. Garland has the above mentioned boat ramp and float. Peaks-kenny Park, up in dover and sebec is nice as well. Pleasant lake in Stetson, if you like snakes...... Ok, maybe not...


Remember that none of these, to my knowledge, have lifeguards.
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:54 PM
 
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I think there's a beach in Hermon. I believe it's called Jackson Beach.
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Old 07-16-2010, 04:07 PM
 
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Jenkin's Beach @ Green Lake was my favorite. It's on Rt 1 between Bangor and Ellsworth.
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:14 PM
 
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There was a quarry off Stillwater Ave between Orono and Bangor that we used to swim at when I was at UMO. If I remember right, we had to sneak into it since it was closed for swimming. Definitely the best swimming hole around Bangor. You could dive into 60 ft of water off sheer cliffs.
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:00 PM
 
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Jenkin's Beach @ Green Lake was my favorite. It's on Rt 1 between Bangor and Ellsworth.

Loved Jenkin's Beach growing up!

Orrington also has Brewer Lake, but I'm not sure that the public access spot is still open.

Pushaw is shallow and nasty IMHO.
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Where I've stayed at Pushaw, the owners of the houses I rented had rocks put in so the ground was clean. It was fairly shallow but if you got far enough out it just dropped.
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:01 AM
 
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I heard Pushaw had leeches too. Plus the public access beach there is little and gets crowded very fast. Thanks for the suggestions, any more are welcome!
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Nearly every town that has river flowing through it, will also have a boat-ramp / picnic area.

You can go swimming everywhere.

We just go in the water in the Penobscot river out behind our house.
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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When our kids were small we used to go to Violette's Landing which is just a bit further along that road that goes to Jenkin's Beach. It was not as crowded as Jenkins. If you want to drive just a bit further, Swan Lake State Park in Frankfort is very nice. Just get on the road to Belfast which goes through Winterport and when you get to Frankfort bare right. I believe there are signs.
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