Great places to go skinny-dipping in Maine

 

5 Great places to go skinny-dipping in Maine

Before you decide to go skinny-dipping, I highly encourage you to read the actual law, statute 17 A section 854, which defines and explains the kind of hot water you’d be in should you get caught.

Did you know that skinny-dipping has its roots in public bathhouses? Back in the 15th century, Europeans would relax into the holistic medicinal public baths where men could bond with men and women could socialize with women and both genders could cure what ailed them in separate bathhouses.

At some point, the nude men and the nude women decided to nude bathe together and that is where history gave us the bathing suit. This is also the point at which nude bathing became something of a taboo activity. Skip ahead to 1947 when the term ‘skinny-dipping’ was invented to describe the fun dare of naked swimming. For while skinny-dipping may not be illegal in some places, it certainly defies current social conventions, hence the fun part of doing something taboo.

But before your strip down to your birthday suit and do a cannon ball, you must first yield to these unspoken rules of skinny-dipping:

1) Go at night. There is less chance of getting caught in the act and getting embarrassed or worse, getting into trouble.

2) Don’t go alone. Who goes skinny-dipping alone? This is more of an I-dare-you type situation, so go with your friends.

3) No touching, staring or making lewd comments. Really? Do I seriously have to explain why this is not cool?

4) Don’t steal anyone’s clothes and shoes. You’re about to do something that requires  at least some amount of trust among friends, don’t mess that up by being a jerk.

5) Don’t post about it on Facebook. Let this tale live on through stories you tell in person and probably over drinks.

And now…here are great places to go skinny-dipping in Maine.That is, assuming you follow the unspoken rules of skinny-dipping, apply some common sense and safety, and for Pete’s sake, don’t get caught!

Azischohos Lake, Lincoln Plantation, Oxford county

Branch Lake, Ellsworth, Hancock county

China Lake, Vassalboro, Kennebec county

Crystal (Beal) Pond, Turner, Androscoggin county

Gardner Lake, East Machias, Washington county

Hobbs Pond, Hope, Knox county

Huston Brook Falls, Carrabassett Valley, Franklin county

Little Moxie Pond, Somerset county

Long Island, Casco Bay, Cumberland county

Moosehead Lake, Piscataquis county

Pemaquid Pond, Nobleboro, Lincoln county

Pleasant Cove, Woolwich, Sagadahoc county

Portage Lake, Portage, Aroostook county

Sandy Point, Stockton Spring, Waldo county

Sokokis Lake, Limerick, York county

Stillwater off College Avenue Extension, Orono, Penobscot county

Do you have a favorite swimming hole? Tell us in the comments!

Before you decide to go skinny-dipping, I highly encourage you to read the actual law, statute 17 A section 854, which defines and explains the kind of hot water you’d be in should you get caught.