Public landings, boat launches and access on Maine lakes, does every waterbody have one?
It would be nice if they did and were all clearly marked. But back it up a tad. Whoa. Let's talk about the Great Ponds Act of Maine.
A Maine great pond is defined in as "any inland body of water which in a natural state has a surface area in excess of 10 acres".
"Or any inland body of water formed artificially, or increased with surface area larger than 30 acres.
Except if one single Maine land owner completely surrounds the artificially formed or increased inland body of water".
The "great pond" legalese was penned and carried over back before Maine became a state. Prior to 1820, Vacationland was part of Massachusetts.
The original language, intended purpose of the case law was to protect timber harvests, to preserve shoreland areas. Establish do's and don't's for the locals to practice in Maine land use. To avoid squabbles, develop standards.
I have sold properties where a lake on the property was under 10 acres, totally surrounded by one Maine land owner. And who wanted to change the name of the waterbody. Because their young daughter had died of cancer.
And the thought to make the lake designated on maps changed to the daughter's name. Last I knew, the lake name was not changed, we sold the property and the move got lost in the shuffle.