In 2010, Frenchman Bay Conservancy collaborated with the City of Ellsworth, the Trust for Public Land, and the Forest Society of Maine in order to protect Branch Lake. Branch Lake is the singular source of drinking water for Ellsworth, eastern Maine’s largest coastal city. The lake also serves as a source of timber harvesting and public recreation. The City of Ellsworth and FBC plan to develop hiking trails in the future.
DIRECTIONS: From the corner of Main Street and Route 1A (Oak St.) in downtown Ellsworth, drive north 6.5 miles to the Ellsworth Branch Lake Public Forest sign on your left. Turn left and drive 1 miles to the gravel trail parkling lot. the lake loop trail meanders through the old forest and reaches Branch Lake at 1.3 miles. Round trip mileage is about 2.5 miles. Allow 1.5 hours for hiking. GOOGLE MAP
A generous grant from Land for Maine’s Future helped preserve Branch Lake.