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Eagle Lake Recreation Area

Sunny day at Eagle Lake.

Sunny day at Eagle Lake.

Photo Credit: Marilee Philips


Eagle Lake is situated primarily within 23,000 acres of Maine Public Reserved Land near the Town of Eagle Lake, in Maine’s Aroostook County. One of the most remote bodies of water in the Fish River chain, Eagle Lake covers 5,581 acres with a maximum water depth of 136 feet. The lake is noted primarily for its outstanding brook trout, lake trout and landlocked salmon angling and is one of few Maine lakes that offers hook and line rainbow smelt angling, year-round, in freshwater.

Multiple access sites are located in and around the Town of Eagle Lake. The eastern two-thirds of the lake, within Maine Public Reserved Lands and offers only remote access either by floatplane or by boat.

The narrow arm of water located between the towns of Eagle Lake and Plaisted receive the most public traffic. Water depths in the arm reach nearly 80 feet and afford excellent brook trout and landlocked salmon opportunities especially by trolling live baits and streamer flies. As with other Maine lakes and ponds, the prime fishing times are right after ice-out in May and during September when surface temperatures are cooler.

Special regulations apply throughout the lake and especially in the tributaries and the water thoroughfares that connect Eagle Lake with other waters in the chain. Be sure to consult the Open Water & Ice Fishing Laws and Rules.