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Pilgrim Lake, Orleans

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Pilgrim Lake
Orleans, Massachusetts 02653
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Pilgrim Lake, Orleans
Coordinates: 41.7664808, -69.9779534
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About Pilgrim Lake
Pilgrim Lake is the largest of Orleans’ freshwater ponds at 43 acres and 34 feet to bottom at its deepest point. Since it is over ten acres, it is a Great Pond owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Pilgrim has a V-shape (heart shape) with a small island. It is accessible from the end of Herring Brook Way.

There is a town landing including a large swimming beach and restroom facilities, with parking for ~20 cars, at the end of Herring Brook Road. Pilgrim requires a town sticker during the season.

The public beach is used for swimming lessons for all ages during July and August. It has shade trees as well as a full sun beach with picnic tables and restroom facilities. The shallow waters allow easy access for children and elders with mobility issues, with a ramp into the water.
From Pilgrim Lake webpage

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