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  Great Ponds Act
  Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jan-31-12 11:32 PM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Jan-31-12 11:34 PM EST --

Maine is governed by the Great Ponds Act, which goes back to colonial times. Any natural pond greater than 10 acres is public.

It would appear that the public has a right of access on foot to great ponds over any "unimproved land". Anyone who denies this right of access can be prosecuted and fined or imprisoned.

In ambiguous cases a court will probably have to determine what constitutes unimproved land, but I don't know that just putting up a "Posted" or "No Trespassing" sign would suffice. There's probably more specific guidance from the case law available to diligent researchers.

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