August 17, 2019
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Want to beat the heat? Some jump off a 35-foot cliff into the water below.

It was the swimming that first drew Damien Ward of Winterport to Monroe Falls more than 20 years ago.

“I’ve been swimming here since I was 9 or 10 years old,” Ward said Friday, as temperatures reached into the 90s. “But I didn’t jump until I was about 15.”

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Damien Ward of Winterport has been swimming at Monroe Falls for more than 20 years.

By jumping, he means jumping off a 35-foot cliff into the water below.

“I like the rush of jumping,” Ward said.

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Fred Parsons and Cora Irving cool off at Monroe Falls in Monroe on Friday.

The swimming hole is located off North Center Road in Monroe, and there is a small parking area by a closed bridge. From the parking area there is a short, but rather steep trail down to the water left of the bridge. Beware of the poison ivy on both sides of the trail.

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Damien Ward of Winterport has been swimming at Monroe Falls for more than 20 years. The gem of a swimming hole is located off North Center Road in Monroe and although it is on private property, the landowners allow people to use the area but ask that people respect the area, leave it clean and only come during daylight hours.

Although it is on private property, the landowners allow people to use the area but ask that people respect it, leave it clean and only come between dawn and dusk.

 



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