Current Water Levels: June 3rd, 2023 = 262.92'
Photo credits to our clerk and supporter Mark Dershwitz
Torsey Pond was originally called Bean Mill Pond and then Greeley Pond. It began to acquire the general outline of its present configuration in 1770 when James Craig constructed a dam at the present dam site and began operating a sawmill there. The foundation of this original sawmill is still visible just across the Old Kents Hill road from the existing dam. When Dr. Henry P. Torsey, an ardent fisherman and the Headmaster at Kents Hill School in Readfield for thirty-eight years, died in 1892, the name of Greeley Pond was changed in his honor to Torsey Pond.
Torsey Pond is irregular in size and shape, extending roughly from north to south (from the inlet at Tingley Brook to the outlet at the dam on Old Kents Hill Road) a distance of approximately 3 and 1/2 miles. At its widest point, the pond is almost a mile wide. It has two narrows included as part of its major expanse that are about one-quarter of a mile wide each. The narrow inlet and outlet stretches of the pond are not usually greater than 100-200 yards in width. The entire water area of the pond covers an area of 770 acres. At its deepest point, Torsey Pond is 45 feet deep. Near the shoreline and in the inlet and outlet stretches, the depth can be as little as three feet.
The pond is a combination of an original natural pond (largely seen today as the wide portions of the pond) and a man-made pond. The man-made area includes the inlet and outlet stretches and the shallow, almost marsh like, portions of the pond. The stumps and residue of the trees formerly standing on dry or marshy land can still be clearly observed beneath the surface. These are to be avoided by watercraft and especially by water skiers.
The following fish types can be found in Torsey Pond: Largemouth Bass, White Sucker, Smallmouth Bass, Minnow, White Perch, Shiner, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Redbreast Sunfish, Chain Pickerel, Hornpout, Brown Trout, Eeland Northern Pike.
Torsey Pond provides many opportunities for the wild bird watcher. Here are birds that can be found around our pond:
Blue Jay, Ring-necked Pheasant, Eastern Kingbird, Killdeer, Eastern Phoebe, Song Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, White-throated Sparrow, Wood Thrush, House Sparrow, Veery, Solitary Vireo, Ruby-breasted Grosbeak, Rufous-sided Towhee, Evening Grosbeak, House Wren, Robin, American Redstat, Black-Capped Chickadee, Eastern Meadowlark, Hermit Thrush, Northern (Baltimore) Oriole, Purple Finch, Eastern Crow, Gold Finch, Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Purple, Grackle, Cardinal, White-Brested Nuthatch, Slatecolored Junco, Mockingbird, Tufted Titmouse, Catbird, Bobolink, Herring Gull, Red-winged Blackbird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, American Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle and Wild Turkey.
Torsey Pond is the first major body of water within the limits of the Cobbossee Watershed District.
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Lake drawdown has started and should be complete by Nov. 15. Water levels will be reduced by 12" from summer levels.
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TPA 2024 Annual Members Meeting
Saturday, July 6th 10:00 am
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