Jordan Pond is a spectacular oligotrophic tarn on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park. The pond is 187 acres in size, with a maximum depth of 150 feet and a 3.6-mile shoreline. During the last glacial epoch, the Wisconsin Ice Sheet carved out the pond.
To the west, Penobscot Mountain (1194 feet) rises, while to the east, Pemetic Mountain (1247 feet) rises. The Bubbles (North and South) are two roche moutonnées that rise above the northeastern seashore. Glacial debris and a manmade dam confine the southern end. The southern end of the pond is definitely one of the most popular viewpoints because of the glacial debris and views of the mountains.
The pond features clear water, with visibility of 44 feet on average and up to 60 feet on rare occasions. The pond has a lot of dissolved oxygen but not much in the way of plant nutrients and life.
Non-motor boats (kayaks, canoes, etc.) are allowed to be used on Jordan Pond. Humans and pets are not allowed to enter the lake because it is the village’s water source.
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- Address: Park Loop Rd
- Town: Seal Harbor
- State: Maine
- GPS: Lat 44.32209 Lng -68.25447
- Parking notes: There is parking located at the Jordon Pond House which holds about 50 cars. There are about 100 additional parking spots located close to the Jordon Pond Trailhead. Parking fills up very quickly.
- Parking directions: HERE
- Location directions: HERE
Joanna Hiatt Kim –
Jordan Pond was one of my favorite places in Acadia. After spotting this line of trees the day before, I hiked back over at sunrise and patiently (kind of patiently) waited a full 75 minutes (argh) for the sun to peek over the mountains surrounding the pond and give some nice light. This photo makes me feel so peaceful!
Joanna Hiatt Kim –
The Bubbles are one of the most famous places in Acadia and this view of them is one of the most iconic in the Park. I had a lovely, peaceful sunrise here…just me and the bullfrogs (which are super duper loud BTW…really earn their name).
Heading to this magical place again tomorrow! Thank you Acadia! Who can name this iconic view? 🤩