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Old 02-23-2007, 09:54 AM
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Sounds wonderful. It must be very quiet and peaceful there right now! I'm more anxious than ever to get up there. (we live in VA)
I don't see many cottages/camps renting on Graham Lake during the summer? It seems like it would be great rental income potential, but I haven't seem much advertised for Graham Lake. We were considering in future summers renting the place out for a few weeks.

Old 02-24-2007, 07:48 AM
Location: Ellsworth
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The house that I bought was owned by folks from Massachusetts and they rented it most of the summer. They had it listed with one of the area rental management agencies and I believe they were getting about $700/week six years ago. You shouldn't have much trouble renting if you are not way, way off the beaten track. Graham Lake is centrally located for day trips to Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park, Camden, Blue Hill, Bangor and Downeast. Hotel prices are out of sight on Mount Desert Island and many visitors are looking for affordable alternatives. Good Luck. I have lots of family in VA and some were here for a visit just this month. The wind howled across the lake last night and I mean howled! Very cold. Not so bad today. Am planning a snow shoe outing around the islands with the dog after work.
Old 03-01-2007, 11:24 AM
Location: Massachsetts
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Originally Posted by Mainelover View Post
Sounds wonderful. It must be very quiet and peaceful there right now! I'm more anxious than ever to get up there. (we live in VA)
I don't see many cottages/camps renting on Graham Lake during the summer? It seems like it would be great rental income potential, but I haven't seem much advertised for Graham Lake. We were considering in future summers renting the place out for a few weeks.

Our Family has been going up to the lake since the 40's. My Uncle found the lake on accident while on a business trip. He brought his family up and for many many years. My husband and I actually spent our honeymoon on the lake back in 1977. At that time we stayed at Twin Pine cabins over in Fletcher's Landing. Summer visits were made by the family up until the late
80's warly 90's. Recently (within the last couple years we have returned).

Graham is a nice lake. Can be dangerous at times due to water levels, but a very enjoyable lake. During the few years we hadn't visited we missed the trips dearly. My oldest daughter now wants to introduce the lake to her children and start a whole new generation of Graham Lake lovers.
Old 03-01-2007, 03:59 PM
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This is all great information on the lake thanks everyone. My family and I currently live in Northern VA and are looking forward to starting our family trips to the lake. Sounds like the building of a comunity of people that will enjoy and protect the lake. Two very important things with all the development that is happening around the lake.
Old 03-20-2007, 09:54 AM
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So good to hear so many positive comments from Graham Lakers. I too am from northern VA and spend just about my whole summer at our camp. where is the other family from NOVA from. We live in Herndon and in Mariaville in ME. We surprised our kids this year by taking them out of school early and took them to Disney World. They asked us if we could go to the lake (Graham) instead! The three years we have spent there have been priceless. We're bringing a pontoon boat up this year. Maybe we should start our own boating/ social club. 10+ boaters on the lake sounds like a start.
Old 03-21-2007, 08:48 AM
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Seems like there are a lot of VA people on Graham Lake! We happen to be from the Richmond area, Midlothian VA. I grew up in NJ and my family had a summer camp in Poland Spring ME for years, and I always wanted to get back to Maine. Our cottage is actually in Ellsworth on the lake on a dirt road off of 180. It will be our first summer up there and are looking forward to it. We're thinking about putting at least a swimming float out ....knowing the level changes...does anyone else have a float?
See you Virginians on the lake!!
Old 03-26-2007, 06:39 AM
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Talking Can't wait to go back to Graham!

Hi everybody, it was so nice to read all the wonderful things about Graham Lake. We purchased the property last August and we are coming up to do some finshing touches in our cabin, in a few weeks. We just absolutley love it there and yes it is soooo peaceful and beautiful. It's nice ot hear about the swimming, I am not very keen on swimming in lakes but sounds like I will be trying it this summer! Does anyone know if there is a map of the lake with depths? We just bought a small motor boat and want to take it out but heard that there are some shallow water's. Although the mean depth is 17' with the deepest 50'. We are hopefully going to put out a long dock this year too. Can you waterski on the lake?
Are there any loons on the lake? I heard that there are eagles too, where are they? We are in Mariaville.
Yes, I heard that people like to rent on Graham lake because of the fishing and the proximity to Bar Harbor. Once our place is finished we may rent it out too. We are from NJ.

Thanks for all the positive feedback!!
Enjoy the lake!!
Old 03-27-2007, 05:57 AM
Location: Ellsworth Maine area
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Graham Lake is a part of a dam system that generates electricity. The water level is raised or lowered according to the wishes/dictates of the owners of the facility.

If you will contact Steve Gunty, the City Manager of Ellsworth, his office can give you particulars regarding that facility, and what the town is doing in this respect.
The telephone number for the City of Ellsworth is:
The website for the city is: http://www.cityofellsworthme.org

There are many lakes in the Ellsworth area; you may wish to contact The College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor for a comprehensive understanding of the watersheds in the area. Their website is: http://www.coa.edu
Old 03-27-2007, 09:38 AM
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The wife and I purchased a 1.4 acre lot on the Northern end of the lake (Mariaville) about 7 years ago and now have a camp with well, septic and electricity. We recently purchased a 6 acre lot about ¼ mile up the lake as an investment. To say it is a quiet area would be an understatement. Though the lake has become more populated in recent years, there have been times when several days would go by without seeing another person. The bass fishing is very good and my kids have pulled some rather large ones from right in front of the camp. We also have a pair of Bald Eagles we see from time to time, and yes, there are many Loons on the lake. You can hear them from miles away at night.
As stated in other posts, the lake is not considered “Prime” waterfront, but then it all comes down for what you are looking for. The prices are right too. We live only 3 hours away, in the southern part of Maine. A piece of waterfront like the one our camp is on would have cost 15 times more money, and it would have been on a conjested lake. Myself, I’ll keep the solitude
Old 03-30-2007, 06:16 AM
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Thanks for the info. I just love the sounds of the loons, I can't wait to hear them!! Are there other good fish in the lake too besides Bass that are fun to catch? I have heard that graham is know for their Bass....Myself and my kids are looking forward to fishing. Does anyone know when the fish start biting again? We are coming up over Easter and thought of casting a line out, but not sure if the water is still frozen or not...
I appreciate your responses!!

Take care-
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