Wellfleet Pond Neighborhoods

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Explore Wellfleet Pond Neighborhoods

While Wellfleet is largely known for its iconic ocean and bay beaches, it also boasts approximately 20 "kettle ponds" that are one of the area's best kept secrets. The ponds formed thousands of years ago as the glaciers melted, leaving holes or "kettles" that ultimately filled with clear water. The three largest ponds -- Great, Gull, and Long -- are the best known and easily accessible from main roads.

Wellfleet also offers a number of smaller, out-of-the-way ponds -- reachable by a brisk hike through woods or from another body of water. The calm waters and wooded settings provide hours of tranquility to sunbathers and a refreshing change of scenery for more committed swimmers. Many of these smaller ponds have minimal development along their shores while the larger ponds are situated within a neighborhood of homes providing water views and other deeded beach and dock privileges.

This site is specifically designed to provide an overview of each of the respective pond neighborhoods, including active listings.

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Blog Posts About Wellfleet Ponds

Exploring Cape Cod's Kettle Ponds

When you think of Cape Cod, you probably have visions of the ocean and its shoreline.  However, the Cape also boasts a cache of freshwater alternatives.  These are called kettle ponds, in fact Wellfleet and Truro have about 20 of them just waiting to be explored.  Many of them now operate as area swimming beaches, but some of them are so remote they offer visitors a tranquil place to escape the crowds and return to nature. The history of kettle ponds is quite remarkable.  They were fo... Read More

What Is A Kettle Pond?

While the Cape Cod ocean beaches receive top billing, the Cape is also blessed with a 200+ freshwater "kettle" ponds scattered throughout the various communities.  A dip in the cool, clear waters of a cherished pond is a favorite Cape Cod memory for residents and visitors alike.  Henry David Thoreau famously visited the Wellfleet ponds in the mid-1800s, later remarking on them in "Cape Cod."    While the National Seashore identifies 20 official ponds scattered thro... Read More

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