The pond’s unique name is derived from the original Scottish settlers that established the first European colony in the Berwicks. The pond itself (it is also listed as a lake on some maps) is fairly new – it was created by the partial damming of the local Great Works and Salmon Falls rivers in the late 1800s.
Scenic lily pads abound along the shoreline. — Photo courtesy of Mark Pechenik
Most visitors – and locals – are more familiar with Southern Maine’s glorious coast. The scenic seashores of towns such as Wells and Ogunquit have long drawn people to the region. However, just a few miles from the shoreline, there is a world of nature also worth savoring with Bauneg Beg Pond an ideal spot to begin your sojourn.
The pond offers much in the way of paddling pleasure. — Photo courtesy of Mark PechenikWhen paddling or boating Bauneg Beg Pond, be sure to bring along your binoculars. This inland body of water is a popular resting spot for migrating birds. In particular, Great Blue Herons can be found sunning themselves on the muddy shore. The still waters have a calming, relaxed feel and are made even more picturesque by the confluence of lily pads, buzzing dragonflies and eel grass.
For kayakers, the adjoining wetlands bordering the pond are especially compelling. Here, tall stands of water plants wave in the breeze and, if you’re lucky, you can spot toads or even otters scampering in the marshes.
While it may be off the beaten path of local sights, Bauneg Beg Pond offers much for the traveler seeking a different perspective on Maine’s many wonders.