Keley (Kelsey) Pond, Guilford


Keley Pond is an 11-acre waterbody along the eastern side of Hoop Pole Road in Guilford. The damming of a small stream formed the pond. It is very shallow with the deepest section about five feet and the average near 3 feet. Development is moderate along the western shore and sparse with a rock outcrop and forest along the western shore. No pollution sources were evident. This pond contains an unusually small number of plant species and most of the bottom is devoid of vegetation. This may relate to the strongly tea coloration of the water which reduces light penetration. Residents are mainly concerned with dense patches of floating filamentous algae. The algae were present in the protected coves in the north and southwest where in covered the surface several inches deep. Other than the hand removal and possible applications of copper sulfate no management of the aquatic vegetation has occurred.

Shoreline areas of the pond were had extremely sparse areas of watershield (Brasenia schreberi) and snailseed pondweed (Potamogeton bicupulatus). Bur-Reed (Sparganium species) was common along the shore.

Species recorded in our 2006 survey of Keley Pond.
Scientific Names
Snailseed pondweed