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By adamg - 7/7/21 - 9:40 pm

DCR announced today that people can swim outside roped off areas at Walden Pond again starting Friday.

Of course, there are limits: Read more.

By adamg - 7/6/21 - 9:18 am

WBUR reports on growing outrage among the Boston area's open-water swimming community (yes, there is one) over the state's ban on swimming outside the lines at Walden Pond.

Webster, 70, says the Walden ban effectively restricts swimming entirely, since the small areas roped off for swimming and monitored by lifeguards are crowded with people splashing and bathing.

By adamg - 7/2/21 - 11:00 am

Effective right this second, DCR is banning all swimming outside designated areas at Walden Pond. And don't even think of sneaking in an open-water swim after the lifeguards leave at 6 p.m., the state says.

By adamg - 1/30/21 - 9:57 pm
Man in Walden Pond on purpose

Paul Friedmann explains:

I saw a guy IN Walden Pond this afternoon. They had chopped a hole in the ice and he went for a dip. The roundish thing is his head. Then he popped out, dried off and had some coffee.

By adamg - 7/2/20 - 4:11 pm

Walden Pond State Reservation reports the water is once again safe for bathing, after some bad test results a couple days ago.

The bath house is open until 7 p.m., so remember not to urinate while on your swim.

By adamg - 6/30/20 - 3:24 pm

Walden Pond State Reservation announced today it'd be best to stay out of the water at the historic pond for the time being: Read more.

By adamg - 4/5/18 - 12:26 pm

Yeah, you. A study of nearly two millennia of microscopic growth at the bottom of the pond helps confirm an earlier report that "more than half of the summer phosphorus budget of the lake may now be attributable to urine released by swimmers." Read more.

By adamg - 5/16/14 - 5:01 pm

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation said today "open-water swimming" will continue to be allowed at the historic Concord pond, but that people really shouldn't try it until they know what they're doing:

By adamg - 5/15/14 - 11:03 pm

UPDATE: Never mind, DCR says.

Paul Levy considers a DCR proposal to try to stop people from swimming across the historic kettle hole:

By adamg - 1/20/13 - 11:53 am

The Smithsonian reports further evidence of climate change comes from Walden Pond, where plants in 2012 bloomed earlier than ever before recorded - and records go back to 1852, when Henry David Thoreau kept track:

By adamg - 9/10/10 - 6:52 am

Wicked Local Concord reports that a) there are freshwater jellyfish and b) they've been found by the thousands in Walden Pond.

By adamg - 4/3/09 - 12:18 am

Chris Devers reports that if the statue is life-sized, then Thoreau was pretty short.

Used under this Creative Commons license.

By adamg - 3/18/09 - 5:51 pm

Was walking across pond as a shortcut.

Thanks to Kaz for suggesting how to improve the headline.

By adamg - 1/8/09 - 10:24 am

Jett Travolta's seizure-related death gets Christine to remembering when her friend Andy drowned at Walden Pond after suffering a seizure.

By adamg - 2/25/08 - 9:22 am

Evan reports on his trek (so no, he didn't fall through); he saw plenty of ice-fishing holes and a snowman standing on the ice in the middle of the pond.

Joe Driscoll stayed firmly on solid ground as he photographed Forest Hills Cemetery in the snow.

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