Jordan Pond is largely recognized by the distinctive shape of the two mountains, known as the "Bubbles," located at the far north end of the pond. The mountain on the left is called North Bubble - on the right is South Bubble. When the pond is calm, their mirrored reflection can be striking and soothing at the same time. For over a century, this peaceful image has been associated with being served "tea & popovers" on the lawn that overlooks it. Dating back to the late 1800s, the original Jordan Pond House established a tradition of this that is still carried on today.
The water in the pond is very clean - so much so that it is used as the water supply for a local municipality. What you will notice is being able to clearly see the rocks on the bottom of the pond. Still, people are allowed to canoe or kayak here but swimming or windsurfing is not allowed.
The Jordan Pond House is a full service restaurant offering lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea inside or served on the lawn (weather permitting). It is the only full service restaurant located within Acadia National Park and is seasonal, opened late May through late October. Reservations are recommended by calling: (207) 276-3316
Jordan Pond and the Jordan Pond House are located next to the two-way section of the Park Loop Road (western side) that is south of Eagle Lake and the beginning of the Cadillac Mountain summit road. There is a parking area next to the restaurant but this is often full. There is another much larger one on the north side that is primarily used as an access point to the pond itself but direct paths lead to the restaurant.
Photos: Pond | Tea & Popovers | Sunshine | Entrance | Fog | Trail | Carriage Road
Note: There are two hiking trails accessed at the pond's edge. They are the Jordan Pond Nature Trail and the Jordan Pond Shore Trail. These are different trails with different lengths and difficulty levels. The “Nature” Trail is rated as “Very Easy” with a round-trip distance of 1.4 miles (2.2 km). Self-guiding brochures are available. The “Shore” Trail is rated “Moderate” (some steep grades, some level stretches) with a round-trip distance of 3.2 miles (5.1 km). A Carriage Road is also adjacent to the restaurant.
Jordan Pond Fish: Landlocked salmon, lake trout
Restrictions: No motors over 10 horsepower, no pets in water
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries: (207) 434-5925
Wildlife Division: (207) 434-5927
For more information, select Fishing.
The Free Island Explorer Shuttle Bus Service makes regular (in season) stops at the Jordan Pond House. (Refer to their #4 Loop Road & #5 Jordan Pond Routes.) The #4 Loop Road Route bus returns to the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. The #5 Jordan Pond Route bus stops in Bar Harbor at the Village Green.
Jordan Pond Boat Ramp: Latitude44.322836 ; Longitude -68.253771
Jordan Pond House: Latitude 44.320484; Longitude -68.253658
Jordan Pond House - North Lot: Latitude 44.321547; Longitude -68.251892
Jordan Pond House - South Lot: Latitude 44.319896; Longitude -68.253908
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