About the Downeast Lakes

The Downeast Lakes Region is located in eastern Maine. Most of the region’s lakes are part of a watershed that empties into the St. Croix river at the U.S. – Canadian border, then out to sea at Eastport. Straddling both Penobscot and Washington Counties, these lakes offer year-round recreation: hunting, fishing, hiking, paddling, snowmobiling, and atving. Both the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot people own land in the region where their ancestors lived for generations. Route 6 marks the northern edge of the watershed. The southern end is dominated by the town of Grand Lake Stream, and below that, Princeton on the shores of Big Lake.

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust, based in Grand Lake Stream, has a host of information about recreating in the area. You can link to their website here.

The map, created by Maine mapmaker Jane Crosen, shows the Downeast Lakes and how they are connected. You can purchase this map via her website here.

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