Silver Lake, Maine, USA

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Also known as:  Mattakeunk Pond

Silver Lake, also known as Mattakeunk Pond, is an irregularly-shaped body of water covering 530 acres in Penobscot County, Maine. Silver Lake’s sparkling spring-fed waters in the Maine Highlands offer a four-season recreational wonderland. Swimming, sailing, boating and sunbathing are the most popular warm weather activities. Facilities include a relaxing public beach and convenient boat launch. Although Mattakeunk Pond is a natural lake, a small dam constructed in the 1970s on Mattakeunk Stream raised water levels about seven feet.

Silver Lake’s fish are plentiful, existing in waters that average 13 feet deep with a maximum depth of 29 feet. Fish species include white perch, yellow perch, chain pickerel and sunfish. Hunting enthusiasts enjoy the search for moose, bear, deer, duck, partridge and coyotes that surround Mattakeunk Pond.

During the cold winter months, Mount Jefferson provides ski trails nearby. Amenities include two 2,000-foot T-bar lifts, one bunny slope with 600-foot rope, and a snack bar. Lessons are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers. Local ATV trails create extraordinary day excursions to destinations such as Acadia National Park, Roosevelt Campobello International Park, and even the Canadian border.

A variety of real estate properties and vacation rentals are available, just perfect for year round escapes to Silver Lake. Charming cottages are tucked within thick deciduous forests with vibrant green leaves that transform into stunning shades of red and orange, normally during September and October. Many cabins are fully furnished with satellite television, and some boast lakefront locations and mountain views that will take your breath away.

Just northeast of Silver Lake you’ll find Mattawamkeag Wilderness County Park. Pristine campsites feature electric, water and sewer hookups, bathrooms, laundromat, recreation hall, and convenience store. More rugged tent sites and primitive shelters are available for those who enjoy roughing it. Canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking along 15 miles of pleasurable tails provide more intense outdoor exercise. Anglers ply the waters for bass, salmon and trout along the Mattawamkeag River, and adventurous spirits will love the adrenaline rush that comes from whitewater rafting down the stretch of river between Island Falls and Danforth.

The Penobscot River is one of the best habitats for smallmouth bass in the entire country, and it runs not far from Silver Lake. Anglers can expect to find specimens ranging from 10 to 15 inches in length, while some have even reported catches of up to 20 inches. Bird and wildlife watching is fantastic along the 60-mile stretch between Old Town and Medway, where opportunities abound for glimpsing beautiful creatures like ospreys, eagles, blue herons, otter, deer and more. Tubing is by far the best method for observing such animals, as your approach will be masked by the sound of running water. Boat ramps are available every few miles if you need to take a break or snap a photograph.

No trip to Silver Lake is complete without a visit to nearby Baxter State Park. Featuring 209,501 acres and 200 miles of hiking trails, it comes as no surprise that the park receives thousands of visitors each year. A wide range of waterfalls, lakes and lagoons can be found within this diverse protected zone. Cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and snowshoeing are a just few options for winter fun within Baxter State Park.

Just minutes from Silver Lake, the municipality of Lee is home to roughly 1,000 friendly residents. Founded in 1832, this cozy town features a number of stores, a bed and breakfast, a restaurant, and a post office – along with an irresistible small-town vibe. The Lee Historical Society and Lee Museum exhibit Civil War antiques and other fascinating displays including a piece of the Hindenburg blimp, and an original horse-drawn hearse. Most townsfolk work for one of the nearby mills or timber companies.

Lincoln is a town due west of Silver Lake with over 5,000 inhabitants.
Mattanawcook Lake is located downtown, known for its sledding and ice fishing during the winter. Most visitors agree that Prince Thomas Park offers the best public lake access.

Not only does Silver Lake provide an ideal atmosphere for lake lovers, but it is also located just an hour and a half from Maine’s picturesque coastline, along with the top-notch surfing and whale watching that comes with it. Imagine yourself wrapped up in a warm blanket with a loved one in a Silver Lake vacation rental as you drift into a deep sleep. In the background, no sound resonates except for the peaceful cry of faraway loons.

Things to do at Silver Lake ME

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Tubing
  • Camping
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Waterfall
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • National Park
  • Museum
  • Antiquing

Fish species found at Silver Lake ME

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Chain Pickerel
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Salmon
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • White Perch
  • Yellow Perch

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

    Surface Area: 530 acres

    Shoreline Length: 9 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 396 feet

    Average Depth: 13 feet

    Maximum Depth: 29 feet

    Water Volume: 7,143 acre-feet

    Trophic State: Oligotrophic

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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.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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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.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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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".

    You can find many of the world's highest-elevated lakes on LakeLubbers. Lakes with the lowest elevations (known by LakeLubbers) are shown on the final page of that list.


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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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