Swan Lake (Maine)

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Swan Lake
Swan Lake Sunset.jpg
Location Waldo County, Maine
Coordinates 44°32′55″N 68°59′29″W / 44.54861°N 68.99139°W / 44.54861; -68.99139Coordinates: 44°32′55″N 68°59′29″W / 44.54861°N 68.99139°W / 44.54861; -68.99139
Primary outflows Goose River
Catchment area 8.68 sq mi (22.5 km2)[1]
Basin countries United States
Max. length 3 mi (4.8 km)
Max. width 1 mi (1.6 km)
Surface area 1,370 acres (550 ha; 2.14 sq mi)[2]
Average depth 34 ft (10 m)[1]
Max. depth 87 ft (27 m)[2]
Water volume 41,217 acre⋅ft (50,840,000 m3)[1]
Surface elevation 200 ft (61 m)[2]

Swan Lake is the second largest lake in Waldo County, Maine. Originally known as Goose Pond, during the 19th century it came increasingly to be referred to as Swan Lake, after the town of Swanville, Maine, which before incorporation had been known as the Plantation of Swan.[3]

The lake is drained by Goose River, through a small dam that is owned and operated by Goose River Hydro, Inc., which also owns the water rights. In 1979 an agreement was brokered between the towns of Swanville, Frankfort, Searsport and Goose River Hydro, Inc. The agreement covers water levels as well as Goose River Hydro's responsibility for the dam and land around it.

Most of the area of the lake is in the town of Swanville, with the remainder in Searsport and Frankfort. Approximately 350 houses line the shore of the lake.[4] Swan Lake State Park is on the north shore.

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  1. ^ a b c "KnowledgeBase: Science & information management for the Gulf of Maine and its watershed". Retrieved 2017-04-11. To DOWNLOAD the data, click HERE 
  2. ^ a b c "Maine Lake Survey Maps - Waldo County - Swan Lake" (PDF). Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. Retrieved 2017-04-11. 
  3. ^ Varney, George Jones (1881). "Swanville". A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. B. B. Russell. p. 584. 
  4. ^ "Swan Lake Association". Retrieved 2012-08-10.