POND Acoustics


Have you ever been amazed that you can hear someone’s conversation or music on the shore of Bearcamp Pond when you are on the water or vice versa? Many people are unaware of the exceptional acoustics of water. In other environments sound is absorbed by grass, rocks, walls, trees, cars, buildings, etc. and everything else that it bumps. The pond’s water surface, however, reflects and amplifies sound. The smoother the lake, the clearer and farther sound travels; even more so in the morning and evening/at night. 

This can cause some problems; what some consider normal sounds may be noise pollution to everyone else who can hear them.  But there are easy ways to prevent this problem. Educate family, kids, guests, and rentors that conversation which takes place on or near water can likely be heard over a long distance; shouting, screaming, loud vocalizations even more so. We all stir up noise now and again, but if we try to minimize it, it benefits good neighbor relations and the pond’s beautiful environment. Put some sound rules in place and remind folks frequently:

  • Tell kids to hold down the screaming and shouting; especially while swimming, because someone actually calling for help may not be heard.

  • In the summer months, try to avoid any use of chain saws, lawn mowers, or similar power tools early in the morning or late in the day. ,

  • Don’t shoot fireworks on or near the pond shoreline

  • Target shooting during the summer is best done at the local gun club. Target shooting near water is a very dangerous proposition. You have no idea how far a bullet will go or where it will end up!

  • Keep pets quiet. Our dogs are encouraged to alert us when they sense someone entering our vicinity. But continual barking is disruptive, especially at night.  

  • Turn down the volume when playing music outdoors or inside with the windows open.  

Everyone on the pond needs to pitch in with common courtesy and a handful of tolerance regarding sound and acoustics on the pond.  The main reason people come to the pond is to enjoy the peace and quiet and, primarily, the sounds of nature.  All of us making an effort to control noise, is an important way to preserve and protect the beauty of Bearcamp and its vicinity.