Boyden Lake, Maine, USA

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USA - New England - Maine - Down East & Acadia -

Boyden Lake is located in Maine’s Down East & Acadia tourism region, close to the USA-Canada border. Covering 1,759 acres with a shoreline length of 11 miles, Boyden Lake is home to a wide variety of recreational activities.

Real estate properties and vacation rentals are available on Boyden Lake, many with breathtaking lakeside views and luxurious wraparound decks. Water craft can be rented for canoeing, kayaking and row boating. Bird watching enthusiasts will love Boyden Lake for its large populations of kingfishers, bald eagles, loons and pileated woodpeckers.

Swimming, boating and sailing are Boyden Lake’s most popular diversions, as is fishing for smallmouth bass, landlocked salmon, chain pickerel, largemouth bass and white parch. Whale watching tours, 18-hole golf courses, and sunset sailing cruises are also available nearby. Additionally, Gleason Point in the nearby town of Perry offers 110 state-owned acres of baseball fields, picnic facilities and public lake ramps.

Also close to Boyden Lake, the Pennamaquan Wildlife Management Area features 2,083 acres of protected lands. Nash Preserve is a private natural area of five acres inhabited by a variety of bird and wildlife. West Quoddy’s lighthouse is another attraction well worth visiting, as are Pembroke’s reversing salt water falls. The Great Works Wildlife Management Area can be found to the southeast of Boyden Lake. Other notable lakes nearby include Pennamaquan Lake, Round Lake, and Meddybumps Lake.

Cobscook Bay State Park is an 888-acre preserve near Boyden Lake, perfect for everything from birdwatching and canoeing to swimming and sunbathing. Cobscook is a Maliseet-Passamaquoddy word meaning “simmering tides.” It is an estuary located within Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, a 24,000-acre preserve founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937.

Facilities at Cobscook Bay State Park include campgrounds, picnic areas, playgrounds, showers and boat launches. Hiking the one-mile Nature Trail leads to two outlook points offering phenomenal panoramas of Whiting Bay and Burnt Cove. The .75-mile Shore Trail, also known as Anthony’s Beach Trail, is shorter but just as scenic. Wildlife watching is amazing at Cobscook Bay, where seals, otters, bears, ospreys and eagles run the gamut along with over 200 bird species. Anglers love trawling the area for smelt, sea-run brook trout, striped bass, Atlantic salmon, shad and alewives.

Just a short drive from Boyden Lake you’ll find the Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point Reservation, commonly known as Sipayik. The Passamaquoddy Native American people, who fought against the British in the Revolutionary War, were historically hunters and anglers. Today, they have a community of tribal government, a health center, fire department, hospital and baseball field. Guests can tour the Waponahki Museum and Resource Center, a compilation of indigenous artifacts, artwork, and Passamaquoddy dictionary.

Kendall Farm, a tract of land purchased by Robert Golding in 1854, is one of the most picturesque operating farms in the northeast. Watercress, wild raspberries, blueberries and vegetables are harvested here. Guests can tour the grounds and learn about Maine’s small-scale agricultural industry. Two cottages known as Watercress and Wildflower, circa the 1930s, can be rented for overnight stays.

Boyden Lake is but 12 miles from the city of Eastport. From there, ferries run to the pristine Canadian locale known as Deer Island, as well as to mainland Canada. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s summer home can be found in New Brunswick, Canada, roughly one hour from Boyden Lake.

With so much to see and do, it would take a lifetime to truly explore everything that this area of Washington County, Maine has to offer. Average summertime temperatures are an agreeable 68 degrees Fahrenheit, the perfect weather for most outdoor activities. Maine’s dramatic autumn leaves are nothing short of legendary. During the winter, snow and ice will please ice angler and snowmobilers. Spring brings wildflowers and wakes hibernating animals from their deep slumbers. Visitors can rest assured that Boyden Lake offers something for everyone, all year round.

Things to do at Boyden Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Waterfall
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Wildlife Refuge
  • State Park
  • Museum
  • Playground

Fish species found at Boyden Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Brook Trout
  • Chain Pickerel
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Salmon
  • Shad
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Smelt
  • Striped Bass
  • Trout

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Passamaquoddy Water District

    Surface Area: 1,759 acres

    Shoreline Length: 11 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 75 feet

    Average Depth: 10 feet

    Maximum Depth: 34 feet

    Water Volume: 14,721 acre-feet

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    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

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    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

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    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

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    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

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    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

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    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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