The following are the locations and sizes of Maine’s twenty largest lakes. Historical ice out dates for Maine Lakes are one measure of the impact climate change in the state.
See more details for Maine’s sixty largest lakes.
|Chesuncook||T5 R12 WELS||Piscataquis||23,070||36.05|
|Pemadumcook||T1 R10 WELS||Penobscot||18,300||28.59|
|Grand Lake (east)||Forest City TWP||Aroostook||16,070||25.11|
|Grand Lake (west)||T5 ND BPP||Washington||14,340||22.41|
|Chamberlain||T7 R12 WELS||Piscataquis||11,084||17.32|
|Big Lake*||Grand Lake Stream||Washington||10,305||16.10|
|Brassua||Rockwood Strip E.||Somerset||8,979||14.03|
|Millinocket||T1 R8 WELS||Penobscot||8,960||14.00|
|Eagle Lake (big)||Eagle Lake||Piscataquis||8,288||12.95|
|Square Lake||T16 R5 WELS||Aroostook||8,150||12.73|
|Schoodic||Lake View Plt.||Piscataquis||7,168||11.20|
*see Indian Township, which shares the lake with Grand Lake Stream
Lakes or Ponds?
According to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection,
About half of the 6,000 lakes and ponds that have been assigned a state identification number have been named, many having two or three names. At least thirty have one name with the word lake in it and the other with the word pond. For example, Bryant Pond is also known as Lake Christopher and Dexter Pond sports the name Wassookeag Lake! It is often these dual names that make folks wonder exactly where do we draw the line in Maine?
One classic distinction is that sunlight penetrates to the bottom of all areas of a pond in contrast to lakes, which have deep waters that receive no sunlight at all. Another is that ponds generally have small surface areas and lakes have large surfaces. So a combination of surface area and depth are considered from a technical perspective.
No clear line exists between lakes and ponds. However, Maine law defines lakes and ponds greater than ten acres in size as Great Ponds.
Maine Department of Environmental Protection. “Lake or Pond???” http://www.maine.gov/dep/water/lakes/lkepond.html (accessed June 29, 2915)