Area Guide to Great East Lake, Wilson Lake and Horn Pond Lakefront
One of the region's perennial favorites is Great East Lake, a boundary water
shared by the towns of Wakefield, New Hampshire and Acton, Maine. It is
best reached from the Maine side from Route 109 and Young's Ridge Road,
which leads to a public boat launch area. Located an hour and a half from Boston, this boundary water is shared by the towns of Acton, Maine and Wakefield, New Hampshire. The lake forms the headwaters to the Salmon Falls River, a tributary of the Piscataqua River.
Great East Lake Waterfront Real Estate Great East Lake, Wilson Lake & Horn Pond Region Area Guide
Great East Lake is well known for its fishing. It is a deep, cold
lake covering 1,775 acres. The lake supports abundant wildlife, and 21 fish species including lake trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, American eel, hornpout, white perch, black crappie and chain pickerel are all available .The deeper water in the big portion of the
lake is home to lake trout in the 6 to pound class, while big browns
occupy areas closer to shore.
The Great East Canal, part of a system of dams and waterworks that controls water flow on the Salmon Falls, was constructed during the 1850s and 60s. The 3/4-mile canal was blasted through ledge and included a granite archway at the bridge crossing.
Along the shores all types of real estate options are available, including a wide range of seasonal camps and year-round homes.
Horn Pond and Wilson Lake
Horn Pond and Wilson Lake can also be found in this area. Travel time from Portland is about one hour. Horn Pond is 227 acres with a maximum depth of 31 feet. Wilson Lake is somewhat larger at 308 acres and a maximum depth of 44 feet.
Additional Maine Lake Resources
Learn About Local Lakes
Lakes of Maine (previously known as PEARL) is supported through a collaboration of research, management, and citizen-volunteer organizations, and is a superb example of cooperative stewardship. It is a searchable data base for Maine lakes initially created in collaboration between the University of Maine and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). You can access just about anything there is to know about any given lake or watershed. Size, depth, location, fish species, plants are all available. The Knowledge Base includes the most current articles and scientific data.
This resource will not only provide environmental information, but will be a place where you can search specific lakes by name and their exact location using interactive maps and tools.