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Must See Gems on Balch Lake in Newfield and Acton, Maine

Summer Clouds Reflect on Balch Lake in Newfield

Purchase lakefront real estate on Balch Lake in Newfield, Maine and you’ll be ready to sit back and relax on your very own dock. There are some must see gems you’ll want to call your own on Balch Lake.

The lake encompasses 704 acres as it spreads along the border between Maine and New Hampshire. The maximum depth of Balch Lake is 44 feet and the water quality is slightly above average.

Boaters enjoy exploring the many islands, coves and peninsulas. In the northwest corner, you can access the Folsom Pond Focus Area via canoe or kayak. Folsom Pond is “a series of interconnected wetland habitats that support one rare natural community type, a pitch pine bog and one exemplary common community type, a mixed tall sedge fen. These communities along other habitats at the site support a suite of rare lepidopterans (moths and butterflies).”

Milfoil was found in 2002 and the Balch Lake Improvement Committee has worked hard to eradicate it. BLIMP, as they fondly refer to themselves, “is a non-profit group organized to educate residents about, and raise money for, issues affecting the health and welfare of Balch Lake.”

Warm water and cold water game fish offer anglers great fishing opportunities. The principal fisheries are smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black crappie, pickerel, horned pout and yellow perch. Fishing tournaments are held 3-5 times a year.

There is no public boat launch, but for a fee you may launch at Dick’s Marina. Dick’s has gas pumps and a convenience store.

Newfield is one of the smallest towns in York County. It was “part of the five ‘Ossipee Towns’ contained in a tract of land bounded by the Great and Little Ossipee Rivers and the Saco River. These Ossipee Towns were sold in 1668 to Francis Small of Kittery by the Indian Captain Sunday for the price of two Indian blankets, two Gallons of rum, two pounds of powder, four pounds of musket balls, and twenty strings of beads.”

The historic Willowbrook Village is located near Balch Lake. This is a restored Victorian era village, which features the Amos Straw General Store, a carriage house filled with sleds, sleighs and wagons, plus several restored houses.

So . . . step away from your computer and enjoy a really relaxing getaway at your waterfront home on Balch Lake. Check the listings in the box below for some must see gems you’ll want to call your own.

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