Sebbins Pond

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Sebbins Pond
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Looking towards Camp Kettleford in the fall
Location Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Coordinates 42°55′41″N 71°28′44″W / 42.92806°N 71.47889°W / 42.92806; -71.47889Coordinates: 42°55′41″N 71°28′44″W / 42.92806°N 71.47889°W / 42.92806; -71.47889
Primary outflows Sebbins Brook
Basin countries United States
Max. length 0.3 mi (0.48 km)
Max. width 0.2 mi (0.32 km)
Surface area 20 acres (8.1 ha)
Surface elevation 195 ft (59 m)
Settlements Bedford

Sebbins Pond is an approximately 20-acre (81,000 m2) body of water in Bedford, New Hampshire. It is located in the eastern part of the town, between Back River Road and the Everett Turnpike. It is named for a man with the last name of Sebbins, who in 1735 set up shop at a site near the pond to make shingles, which he then dragged down to the nearby Merrimack River to ship - two years before the first permanent settlement in Bedford in 1737.

Sebbins Pond is the largest body of water totally within the town boundaries. It is bounded on the southwest side by Camp Kettleford, which is owned and operated by the Swift Water Council of the Girl Scouts of the USA, which uses the pond for canoeing and swimming. The rest of Sebbins Pond is bounded by approximately 20 private homes, many of which are former summer cabins or houses that have been winterized and expanded. There is no public access to the pond.

The pond is fed by several springs and by a small stream draining from nearby Silver Springs Pond (a/k/a Muddy Pond on some maps). Its outlet is Sebbins Brook, which leads to dying Sandy Pond and then eastward to empty into the Merrimack River.

Due to its size, the pond itself is considered property of the State of New Hampshire (which owns all water bodies of 10 acres (40,000 m2) or above in the state).

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