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Lake Winnecook

Also known as Unity Pond, Lake Winnecook is a small waterbody at 2,528 acres surrounded by the towns of Burnham, Troy, and Unity. It has a maximum depth of just 37 feet. Located in Central Maine, it drains to the Sebasticook River via Twenty-Five Mile Stream. This stream usually acts as an outlet but during periods of high water, it reverses and becomes an inlet. Nestled between rolling farmlands to the east and extensive bog areas to the west, the pond offers a tremendous diversity of fishing opportunities. Anglers may access Lake Winnecook via a public access facility located off Kanokolus Road in Unity. The lake is well marked with navigational buoys which are maintained by Friends of Lake Winnecook.

Nearby Unity College, with a mission of environmental stewardship, uses Lake Winnecook and its watershed as a model for science classes and research. The college supports Lake Winnecook water quality projects.

Lake Winnecook provides excellent habitat for warm water gamefishes. Good populations of largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, pickerel, and other warm water species provide anglers with many hours of fishing enjoyment. Black crappies have recently migrated to the lake from other waters in the Sebasticook drainage and are a principal fishery. White perch can also keep the intested angler busy.


Maine Lakes Conference June 25 in Unity


Keynote Speaker, Holly Ewing of Bates College, will introduce the latest research on Gloeotrichia echinulata blooms and GLEON, the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network, which is helping scientists and citizens alike better understand and communicate the way lakes are responding to our changing climate. Afternoon workshops on citizen science, lake and fisheries restoration, the latest on LakeSmart, new partnerships with Maine Audubon's Stream Smart and LoonSmart programs, translating science in your outreach products, and hands on workshops offer diverse learning experiences at a great new venue in Unity, Maine.
Additional Workshops include:

  • Cyanotoxins and Maine's developing Public Alert System for Harmful Algal Blooms
  • What's that stuff in the water? The appearance of metaphyton and other algae in our lakes and ponds
  • Long term, statewide collaborative lake monitoring efforts
  • Special guest Friends of Lake Winnecook
  • The latest "Get Smart" tips from LakeSmart and Stream Smart
  • Hands on instruction with lake monitoring technology
  • Our new partnership with Maine Audubon's LoonSmart Program
  • Creative tools for translating water quality data into meaningful communications
  • Lake and fisheries restoration efforts
  • Nature Journaling ~ Fish Identification ~ Art Exhibit
  • Lunchtime breakouts: Council of Lake Associations Annual Roundtable, Camp Care, and Invasive Plant Monitoring FAQ's

Register For The Conference.



The Forgotten Pond

Unity College student Steven Beason published this as a senior project in May 2015.