In addition to the boat launch just adjacent to the Machiasport Historical Society across the street from Siren’s Song, Washington County offers many nearby boat launching ramps on lakes and the salt water.

  • East Grand Lake: About three miles south of Danforth there is a dirt road that takes you three miles in to the boat launching ramp where there are also picnicking and tenting facilities.
  • Spednic Lake: Just outside of Vanceboro there is a launching ramp that will introduce you to a vast international watershed.
  • Lewey Lake: Right in the middle of Princeton is a beach where you can put your boat in the water. This water, then, can take you in a southwesterly direction to Long Lake and Big Lake. If you go in the opposite direction you can travel through some flowed lands and eventually into the St. Croix River. Excellent fishing and Big Lake offers many uninhabited islands and a shoreline replete with fine sandy beaches.
  • Crawford Lake: This is located off Route 9 and isn’t well marked so you’ll have to ask locally. The easterly end of Crawford Lake is the terminus for the Maine River that winds its narrow way for five miles from Pocomoonshine Lake through the two Mud Lakes. This is a marvelous trip to take in a small outboard or canoe.
  • Six Mile Lake: This lake is six miles north of Machias on Route 192. This reclaimed lake provides some excellent trout fishing.
  • Gardner’s Lake: Located a couple of miles east of East Machias, this launching site will allow you to explore good-sized Garner’s and Second Lake, a combined body of water stretching for about ten miles. Cathance Lake in the town of Cooper has a new site right on Route 191. The major launching facilities on salt water in the county include: St. Croix River site in Calais at the foot of North Street. You put in here and come back six hours later and you won’t recognize the place, for here in Calais where the salt water meets the fresh water of the St. Croix, occurs the highest rise and fall of tides in the continental United States. The difference can be as much as 28 feet-and it’s always at least 20 feet!
  • Robbinston: Twelve miles south of downtown Calais is a well-kept six-acre park with a ramp and floating dock, picnic tables, a well, rest rooms, grills and a great view of this international river. Three and a half miles north of the ramps is historic St. Croix Island, an international “monument” or small park. It has wide, sandy beaches and lounging seals.
  • Eastport: There are two places you can launch your boat in Eastport and you really should have a 4-wheel drive for either of them. One of the sites is next to the Cannery restaurant and if the tide is way out when you come in, you might get into trouble with a regular drive vehicle. The other place is right at the main harbor and it’s kind of steep. Once in the water, though, and you’ve got a dozen uninhabited islands in nearby Canada to visit. And nearby are the lovely, neat fishing villages of Deer Island and Campobello.
  • Lubec: Here is a first class ramp and floating dock which makes it easy to load your gear and passengers. Watch out for the tidal current that flows between Lubec and Campobello – it peaks out at 12 knots (about 15 miles an hour). From here you can explore Dudley Island and Treats Island and Rogers Island, all uninhabited with beaches and tidal pools.
  • Jonesport: This is another first-class facility located in Mossabec Reach, a body of water that separates Jonesport from Beals Island and dozens of other pristine islands.
  • Narraguagus Bay: Located in Milbridge, this is another real good boating facility and there’s a gorgeous world of shorelines to explore on the mainland and on the many islands that dot Narraguagus Bay.
  • Machias: Located on the “dike” in Machias, this ramp and floating dock gives a boater access to the Machias River and Machias Bay with its many islands. There’s a restaurant next door and groceries and gas are available nearby.