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Jones Pond Recreation Area: Boat, Swim & Picnic

By Thomas Tash

Jones Pond Recreation Area: Boat, Swim & Picnic

January 14, 2019by Thomas Tash

Located on Recreation Road, off Pond Road (Route 195) in Gouldsboro is the Jones Pond Recreation Area. This town-owned, public recreation space is located on the eastern side of Jones Pond, the largest body of freshwater on the Schoodic Peninsula.

Things To Do Schoodic Peninsula: Jones Pond Recreation Area

The Jones Pond Recreation Area is one of the closest areas to play outdoors to our Acadia East Campground on Route 1. Just 0.9 miles from Acadia East, campers can be relaxing at Jones Pond in about 2 minutes. Watch our Jones Pond Recreation Area video

Parking at Jones Pond Recreation Area

When you first arrive at Jones Pond, you’ll turn off Route 195 onto Recreation Road, a short dirt road. You’ll find a small parking area on the left side of the end of the road, across from the boat landing. Be sure to come early on weekend days, as this popular park fills up quickly.

Public Restrooms

If you’re a parent, then Public Restrooms are an absolute MUST, and Jones Pond has you covered. There are men’s and women’s public restrooms located between the parking area and the playground and picnic area.

Picnic Area on the Schoodic Peninsula

Jones Pond Recreation Area is a quiet public park space on the water. With about a half-dozen picnic tables in the shade near the waterfront, this is an ideal place for families to spend a half day picnicking. The picnic area also has a few charcoal grills if you’re in the mood for burgers or hot dogs!

Public Playground

There is a nice little playground in the center of the Jones Pond Recreation Area. With room to run and slide, this is a great place for the little ones to burn some energy while you enjoy a good book.

Public Swimming Area

The calm waters of Jones Pond make it a great place to swim. The public swimming area is “Swim at your own risk,” meaning that there is no lifeguard on duty here. The picnic tables are located nearby so that you can easily monitor those in the pond as well as on the playground.

Public Boat Landing

The majority of traffic through the Jones Pond Rec Area is for the public boat landing. At over 467 acres and 15-48 feet deep, the pond is a desirable boating destination for both locals and visitors. The boat launch itself is a paved, 10 feet wide, 31 feet long, 13 degree, freshwater ramp. There are no floats or fees.

Dog-Friendly Swimming Area

One of the more noteworthy features of Jones Pond is its dog-friendly swimming area. This area to the far left of the park is a great place for tossing a stick, cooling down, or just getting your pup some exercise.

Check out the 1-Minute Paddle review of Jones Pond Recreation Area by Aislinn Sarnacki

Campground Near Acadia National Park and Jones Pond

Acadia East Campground is located at 574 U.S. Route 1, Gouldsboro, Maine, less than a miles from Jones Pond. Acadia East Campground is a dog-friendly campground suited well for cyclists, kayakers, and outdoor adventurers. We are located 9 minutes from the Schoodic section and 35 minutes from the Mount Desert Island section of Acadia National Park.
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Thomas Tash

Tom Tash is the Founder and Co-Owner of Acadia East Campground and Pocket Parks Campgrounds. Tom began his career in Outdoor Recreation at the University of Maine at Machias before joining the City of Portland Recreation Department and becoming the Recreation Director for the Town of Bridgton. Tom became deeply invested in the national parks as the Marketing Director for a national park travel guide company. He co-founded Acadia East Campground in 2017/18.

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