Five Kezars Watershed Association


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Many thanks to Nancy Hart, Beth Francis, John Shambroom

and Lynda Thayer for the use of their photos throughout this web site.


The Five Kezar Ponds are located in the foothills of the White Mountains in southwestern Maine, about two miles west of the small village of North Waterford.

Technically the Five Kezars are “great ponds” because they are each more than ten acres, and their temperature changes less rapidly with changes in air temperature than “ponds”, but more rapidly than “lakes”.  The names of the individual ponds have varied over the years.  Today their names  are Jewett, Back, Middle, Mud and Little Mud- though the State of Maine considers Little Mud part of Mud Pond.  Jewett is 32 acres; Back is 62 acres;  Middle is 72 acres; and Mud and Little Mud are 45 acres. 

The ice of the glacier stagnated in pockets in the lowlands and valleys.  This produced some very complex surficial features, a prime example of which is the Five Kezar Ponds area.  The kettle hole depressions for the ponds were created when great blocks of ice broke away from the dissipating glacier and became buried beneath glacial sediments.  Later, when the ice chunks melted, negative relief features were left.  Some depressions extended below the local water table to form kettle hole ponds or bogs.  The esker ridge between Middle Pond and Mud Pond is the result of the glacial melt water stream deposition.  The Kezar Falls Gorge, a deep gorge over 30 feet deep and six feet wide, was the product of melt water erosion.  A sediment-laden stream issuing from stagnant ice and flowing under tremendous pressure incised the gorge in granite bedrock.  The same melt water stream deposited the esker ridge 60 meters upstream from the beginning of the gorge.

Photo: John Shambroom