Grand Lake Stream
Grand Lake Stream has been hallowed ground for sportsmen and women since the 1800s – seemingly endless lakes and streams surround the small community and fly fishing here is considered some of the best in the world. A year-round destination for those seeking the quiet life and simple pleasures, Grand Lake offers families a retreat from the busy world.
Although it was first a logging village, then home to the world’s largest tannery, Grand Lake was always the place for people to get away from it all. Its long history of sporting camps and excellent outdoor recreation has put this unassuming town on the map. There are more registered Maine guides here than anywhere else in the state.
Things to Do in Grand Lake Stream
If you fly fish, you’ve heard of Grand Lake Stream. West Grand Lake has more than 14,000 acres of clear stream-fed waters. It has been regulated as fly fishing only since 1903 and the salmon for which it’s famous follow the smelt up river each spring, in waters that anglers dream about. Of course, there are other lakes as well, including Big Lake and Love Lake, where trout, bass and togue are plentiful.
The deep woods are ideal for hunting in the fall and snow shoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter, as well.
The Passamaquoddy Cultural Heritage Museum in Indian Township has a beautiful collection of Native artwork, baskets and historical documents. The Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival is the last weekend in July and offers traditional and contemporary folk arts and crafts from more than 60 artists, and the Indian Days Heritage Celebration in Indian Township has dancing, demonstrations and the renowned baskets of the Wabanaki.
You can also visit the Grand Lake Stream Hatchery – where 80,000 landlocked salmon and brook trout are raised each year.
No trip to Grand Lake is complete without stopping at the Pine Tree Store for handmade flies, tasty food and the local news.
Where to Stay in Grand Lake Stream
Grand Lake is known for its sporting camps and there are many to choose from. Many are open year-round and offer guided hunting and fishing like Canal Side Cabins, Grand Lake Lodge, Leen’s Lodge, and Shore Line Camps. Chet’s Camps is open from ice out in April to mid-November and Weatherby’s Fishing and Hunting Lodge is open from May through October. In nearby Princeton, you can stay at the Bellmard Inn, a historic property that welcomes families and pets, and serves dinner and breakfast.
Many camps honor the age-old tradition of guided trips – you spend your day accompanied by a registered guide who brings you to the best spots and prepares a hot meal, cooked on the lake’s edge. These professionals truly make your Maine outing an experience you’ll never forget.
Restaurants in Grand Lake Stream
The Pine Tree Store is Grand Lake’s place for a tasty bite. Enjoy the full breakfast menu, and pizza and sandwiches for lunch or dinner. Ice-cold Moxie is stocked in the cooler and everything comes with a side of local fishing news. In Princeton, the local favorite is The Old School Family Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner all week, with everything from burgers to lobster rolls.