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Grand Lake Stream

Location Map for Grand Lake Stream

Location Map for Grand Lake Stream

Year Population
1970 186
1980 198
1990 174
2000 150
2010 109
Grand Lake Stream Population Chart 1880-2010

Population Trend 1880-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 45:13:46
W. Latitude 67:43:42
Maine House District 141
Maine Senate District 6
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 48.7
Area sq. mi. (land) 44.2
Population/sq.mi. (land) 2.5
County: Washington

Total=land+water; Land=land only
Casting for Salmon in Grand Lake Stream (1973)

Casting for Salmon (1973)

[grand lake Stream] is a plantation in Washington County, organized for the assessment of taxes on January 25, 1897.

In the summer of 1870, the three Shaw brothers started their tannery operations after a trip to Hinckleytown or, as it came to be known, Grand Lake Stream Plantation. Bark was needed for the tanning process, and the brothers often set up extract operations in the woods.

Sign: Grand Lake Stream, Welcome Back, on the Milford Road

sign: Town Line, Entering Grand Lake Stream

Town Line Sign @

Eventually the investment in the immense  operations was too much and the firm failed in 1883. Trustees ran the tanneries until the nineties, selling off land to pay off part of the debts.

In the late nineties the remaining property was sold to the International Leather Company, which dismantled the mills and shipped the usable machinery to Boston.

Grand Lake Stream Congregational Church (2013)

GLS Congregational Church (2013) @

Grand Lake Stream Town Office (2013)

Grand Lake Stream Town Office (2013) @

The sparsely populated area has its main village, Grand Lake Stream, on the stream of the same name that connects West Grand Lake with Big Lake to the south.

Milford Road crosses the southern portion of the township, providing several points of access to Big Lake, and continuing to the village center.

Grand Lake Stream in the Village (2013)

Grand Lake Stream in the Village (2013) @

Grand Lake Stream in the Village (2013)

Grand Lake Stream in the Village (2013) @

The surrounding lakes offer a fishing and wilderness experience prized by those who visit them.

In May, 1973 the U.S. EPA took this photo of a fly fisherman casting for salmon in Grand Lake Stream, part of the East Branch of the St. Croix River. Grand Lake Stream is about ten miles above the paper mill at Woodland.

Fly Fishermen in Grand Lake Stream in Grand Lake Stream Village (2013)

Fly Fishermen in Grand Lake Stream in Grand Lake Stream Village (2013) @

Fish Hatchery in the Village (2013)

Hatchery in the Village ’13 @

Houses in the Village (2013)

Houses in the Village (2013) @

Downeast Land Trusts (2013)

Downeast Land Trusts (2013)

Pine Tree General Store (2013)

Pine Tree General Store (’13) @

Pine Tree General Store (2013)

Pine Tree General Store (’13)

Post Office in the Store (2013)

Post Office in the Store (2013)

Grand Lake in the Village (2013)

Grand Lake in the Village (2013) @

Dam on, Footbridge over, the Stream (2013)

Dam on, Footbridge over, the Stream @

Boat House on Grand Lake (2013)

Boat House on Grand Lake (2013) @

Grand Lake Stream Historic Museum (2013)

GLS Historic Museum (2013) @

Beach on Grand Lake (2013)

Beach on the Lake (2013) @

Boat Launch and Boat Houses (2013)

Boat Launch (2013) @

The area Chamber of Commerce touts “sporting camps and lodges,” “most concentrated population of experienced guides,” Eco-Tourism,” family vacations, etc.  Beyond the Village lies a network of dirt roads leading to the many lakes of northeastern Washington County, including those in  the unorganized townships of T6 ND BPP and Sakom.

Sign: Leen's Lodge" and for sale signs on the Milford Road

Sign: Indian Rock Camps on the Milford Road (2013)

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Sign: Grand Lake Stream Historic Museum (2013)

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Form of Government: Assessors-Annual Meeting.

Additional resources

Photo ID: National Archives # NWDNS-412-DA-7828. Search on ID# at http://www.archives.gov/research/search/ (accessed December 8, 2011)

Atkinson, Minnie. Hinckley Township; or, Grand Lake Stream Plantation, a Sketch. Newburyport, Mass. Printed by the Newburyport Herald Press. 1920.

Chucking a Bug for the Leaping Salmon at Grand Lake Stream: Maine is the Real Thing in Fishing. Maine. ca. 1900? [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

Shaw Brothers Tannery (Grand Lake Stream, Me.) Records, 1880-1897. (Cataloger Note: F. Shaw and Brothers was a Boston firm which dominated the Maine tannery business in the late 1800’s. They had large tanneries at Kingman, Jackson Brook (now Brookton), Vanceboro, Forest City, and Grand Lake Stream. The three brothers in the firm, William, Fayette, and Thackster Shaw, had learned the business from their father who had a small tannery in Cummington, Mass. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections. The Cataloger Note is also the source for the tannery text in this article.]

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

Governors Point, Address restricted

Grand Lake Stream Site, Address restricted Grand Lake Stream, Native American Petroglyphs and Pictographs of Maine

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2 Responses to Grand Lake Stream

  1. Julie Roberts says:

    I’m trying to find the number for Grand Lake Stream museum. Planning on a trip up north and would like to go to the museum but need to call first. Thank you Julie Roberts

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