Life abounds in the serene waters of Acadia’s lakes, ponds, and streams—from waterfowl to fish, wildlife depends on aquatic vegetation. This freshwater community includes plants that float unattached to the bottom as well as rooted plants, with leaves that may emerge from the water, float on the surface, or be completely submerged. Aquatic plants primarily grow in the littoral zone, a shallow area near a shore where sunlight penetrates.
Common Freshwater Plants
The checklist below contains the park's most common plants within this community. The plant’s growth form is indicated by “t” for trees and “s” for shrubs. To identify unfamiliar plants, consult a field guide or visit the Wild Gardens of Acadia at Sieur de Monts Spring, where more than 400 plants are labeled and displayed in their habitats.
All plants within Acadia National Park are protected. Please help protect the park’s fragile beauty by leaving plants in the condition that you find them.
Last updated: August 4, 2021