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“Very nice family friendly swimming pond”

Range Ponds State park
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very nice family friendly swimming pond”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

There is a very nice child area playground. The sandy beach is clean. The water is good to swim in starting around May, some Mainers say it is too warm, but I prefer that to the ice cold ocean. There is a nice ice cream place in Poland nearby. 2 large bathroom/changing areas.

Visited July 2014
5 Thank James H
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New Gloucester, Maine
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47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice Park”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

We use Range Pond for kayaking. From one end to the other is 2 miles. The boat ramp can get busy. We find that by getting there by 10:00AM we avoid the crowds. Clean beach and clear waters.

Visited June 2014
4 Thank Jeffrey M
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Scarborough, Maine
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Love to kayak here”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

I love to kayak here ,it is a easy boat ramp to load in and take out! Paddling out to the right is a eagles nest you can not miss,it is huge!! The state park only allows up to 10 horsepower motors. Nice I am easily intimidated by big boat waves,you won't find that here.
There is an easy paddle to Frenchman beach,a great place to swim it is sandy and gradual,you can also walk to this beach,it is never crowded and quite quiet!
The state park is clean ,well maintained ,with bathhouses that have flush toilets and changing rooms. There is also the state park beach with lifeguards and roped off swimming. Fun for all.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank RhondaQ
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Dover, New Hampshire
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953 reviews
424 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,958 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Range Ponds State Park is off the beaten path at the intersection of State Park Road and Empire Road which is off Route 122.

It’s within a few miles of Poland Spring Resort and within an easy drive from the Lewiston-Auburn area. It's also not far from Sebago Lake State Park in Casco.

Its best features are the swimming area of the lake and the wide sandy beach for sun-lovers. For those who prefer shade, there are picnic tables and plenty of spaces for beach and lawn chairs out of the sun near and under the trees.

There are a few charcoal grills.

There are plenty of restrooms in two buildings.

Activities include swimming, picnicking, canoeing, boating, paddle-boarding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, walking, hiking, and wildlife-watching.

There is one lifeguard on duty at the beach.

There are about 2 miles of easy trails that were once of old logging roads and railroad beds.

Handicap-accessible enhancements have been added. One is a ramp into the lake. There was also a beach wheelchair near the entrance to the beach. It appeared to be a free loaner.

There is also a new group shelter and a playground.

There is a trailered boat launch at the far end of the beach area. The boaters, kayakers, and paddle-boarders stayed well away from the roped-off beach area.

Admission prices are:
Adult Maine Resident: $4.50
Adult Non-Resident: $6.50
Senior Maine Resident: Free
Senior Non-Resident: $2.00
Children 5 - 11 years old: $1.00
Children under 5 are free.

On the day I visited, it was a perfect day for all activities. There were about 40 visitors. Everyone had plenty of room to spread out and have a degree of privacy. Families enjoyed the water. The youngsters were really having a great time. Many younger and older adults without children enjoyed listening to iPods and radios while reading books and magazines or doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles. I caught up on reading some magazines. Nearby, one fellow on a reclining beach chair was so totally into the relaxation mode that he was motionless for over ½ hour.

I had a very pleasant, relaxing day there. It's a great place to unwind while enjoying fresh air, a lake, and the woods.

The park was very clean. There was not so much as one speck of trash anywhere when I left at 5:00 PM.

Visited August 2013
7 Thank Maurene_K
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Livermore Falls, Maine
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“nothing to do”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

This is just an average campground . there is nothing to do there but relax. Not much for the kiddo's . the main thing is fishing and that is about it.

Thank Joyce B
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