Eagle Lake, Maine, USA

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Scenic Eagle Lake is nestled within Maine’s Acadia National Park. The lake has a surface area of 466 acres and a shoreline length of five miles. With an average depth of 44 feet and a 10 engine horsepower limit, it is ideal for peaceful water sports such as canoeing and kayaking.

Fishing is popular at Eagle Lake, with major species being landlocked salmon, rainbow smelt, and lake trout. White sucker, bullhead, pumpkinseed sunfish and American eel are also present. Anglers have the best luck around fish attractors and places where the shoreline is most craggy. Wild salmon can sometimes be caught here, and wild lake trout commonly weigh between four and six pounds. A fishing permit is required for residents aged 16 and over, and non-residents aged 12 and over.

Facilities at Eagle Lake include parking areas, picnic areas, and a public boat access point. The lake is best explored by kayaking or canoeing, along with hiking or biking the six-mile trail surrounding the shoreline. Boating with engines under 10 horsepower is also permitted.

Scenic flights on Cessna airplanes are offered over Eagle Lake, guided by local pilots out of Bar Harbor. Whale watching and nature cruises along Maine’s picturesque coast are other activities unique to the area. From April to October, white water rafting trips are popular down three different channels: the Penobscot, Dead and Kennebec Rivers.

Acadia National Park comprises 30,000 acres of Mount Desert Island, 2,366 acres on the Schoodic Peninsula, and 2,728 acres on Isle au Haut. The reserve became an official part of the National Park Service in 1916, under President Woodrow Wilson. While it was originally called Lafayette Park, this name was short-lived. In 1929 it was changed to Acadia National Park, which it has been ever since. Over two million people visit Acadia National Park each year for bicycling, bird watching, and hiking over 125 miles of trails. One of the most strenuous is the 7.4-mile Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail. Both freshwater and saltwater fishing here is fantastic, with large populations of mackerel, striped bass and bluefish.

Early in the 20th century, John D. Rockefeller commissioned over 50 miles of trails, 17 bridges and 2 lodges at Eagle Lake and Acadia National Park. Home to at least 40 species of mammals, wildlife watching is top notch here; lucky and persistent spectators can expect to find wolves, mountain lions, bobcats, moose, chipmunks and bears throughout these lands. This stunning preserve encompasses Cadillac Mountain, a 1,530-foot peak that is the highest point on the United States’ Atlantic coast.

There is no lakeside development on Eagle Lake because it is a part of a national park. Real estate properties and vacation rentals are available nearby in the Bar Harbor area. Cozy cottages are plentiful, many with fully equipped kitchens and beautiful ocean views.

The town of Bar Harbor is just a short distance from Eagle Lake on Mount Desert Island. Before Bar Harbor was settled by the Europeans, this area was originally inhabited by the Wabanaki people. They referred to it as “clam-gathering place” in their native tongue, presumably for its abundance of shellfish. In the 19th century it became the vacation hotspot for the country’s most rich and famous. A line of houses known as Millionaire’s Row held the summer homes for big names like Carnegie, Rockefeller, Ford and Astor. Today, the city is home to a number of attractions: golf clubs, an oceanarium, a zoo and a beer brewery. Rock climbing, shopping and bowling are other local and entertaining pastimes.

Especially for history buffs, it is hard not to lose oneself in the fascinating history of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. You may find yourself returning year after year to Mount Desert Island and Maine’s rugged coast.

Things to do at Eagle Lake ME

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Golf
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Park
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Eagle Lake ME

  • Bass
  • Eel
  • Lake Trout
  • Mackerel
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Salmon
  • Smelt
  • Striped Bass
  • Sucker
  • Sunfish
  • Trout

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Eagle Lake ME Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: U.S. National Park Service

Surface Area: 466 acres

Shoreline Length: 5 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 275 feet

Average Depth: 44 feet

Maximum Depth: 110 feet

Water Volume: 18,160 acre-feet

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

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.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

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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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

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.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

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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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

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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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

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:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

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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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

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.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

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.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

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.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- 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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