cathance lake cottage


The location at Cathance Lake is singularly spectacular - a genuine classic Downeast Maine lakefront setting...
Situated in WASHINGTON COUNTY, MAINE, which lies at the easternmost tip of Maine and the nation - hence its nickname Cathance Lake duckthe “Sunrise County”. The distinct and rugged corner of Maine referred to as"Downeast", its 2 1/2 thousand square miles encompass virtually every aspect that is Maine: vast expanses of deep woods and glacial heath, clean lakes, sparkling streams, and whitewater rivers all running to the sea. Within its borders exists one of the largest tracts of unspoiled semi-wilderness remaining in the continental U.S. - surrounded by over 1,000 miles of spectacular Maine coastline. With most of its population clustered in small towns and villages along the coast, the interior remains largely unsettled. However, Washington County, perhaps due to its remote location, has remained relatively unpublicized and free of mass tourism.

CATHANCE LAKE is a large (over 3,000 acres) spring fed lake that lies in the heart of the Downeast interior. Considered one of the cleanest and finest deepwater lakes in Maine, Cathance Lake is relatively undisturbed and known for its substantial populations of loons and salmon. Significantly, a substantial portion of the lake has been granted protected "Forever Wild" status via an easement by the Nature Conservancy. The sound of loons characterizes the lake, and the occasional bald eagle may be seen overhead. The view from the compound is that of miles of uninterrupted spring fed water and wild shoreline.

LOCATION: Cathance Lake is located on Route 191, (in Cathance Township, in the East Central Washington County Unorganized Territories) - approximately 100 miles east of Bangor, Maine and a half hour north of the Maine coast and the historical coastal shiretown of Machias, (which has shopping, restaurants and facilities.) The Maine/New Brunswick border - gateway to the Canadian Maritime provinces, is a 25 mile drive to the northeast. The easternmost point in the U.S., Quoddy Head, and the picturesque communities of Eastport, Lubec, and Campobello Intl Park are 40 minutes east, and Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor are approximately a 1 hour and 40 minute drive. Cathance is an excellent base from which to explore the area - Maine at its genuine best.


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Cathance Lake Maine

Cathance Lake, Maine View

Cathance Lake, Floating Dock

Sunrise Canoe Base Camp cottage to rent
* Available For Seasonal Or Weekly Rental *

THE PROPERTY: SUNRISE COUNTY CANOE EXPEDITIONS, established in 1973 and known as an icon of the Maine Guide legacy, utilized the property at Cathance Lake as the Eastern Maine Base Camp for over 40 years. Quiet and secluded, with an unrestricted view of the lake, this historic Maine outfitting camp has now reverted to a private compound. The property is nearly 4 acres, with docks, wooded trails, a small camping area, garden, and several outdoor fireplaces. Rustic, though well-kept, with buildings and artifacts dating back to the early 1930's, the entire property has an ambiance and atmosphere that have attracted visitors to return for decades. Picturesque and classic in appearance, the premises have actually been used several times over the years as a shooting location for film and advertising. This rental offers a large private property with plenty of room and privacy to relax and enjoy one of the finest settings in eastern Maine.

Managers Camp Cathance LakeTHE COTTAGE: The MANAGER'S COTTAGE is located directly on the shore of the lake - the distance from the deck to the water is about 4'! There is a 30' floating dock directly in front of the cottage with an Adirondack bench, and the older "icon" dock and rocker are close by. There is a small protected shallow entry in front of the camp; the swimming - in clean spring fed water - is superb.
Canoes (plus paddles & PFD's) are included with the rental.

The cottage has three small bedrooms, ideal size for a couple or small family. There is a king size bed in the main bedroom, a twin bed in the adjacent bedroom, two bunk beds in the small rear bedroom, and a single bed on the sun porch. The cottage has all facilities including a recently renovated bathroom. It is totally equipped for cooking (including gas range, plus an outdoor grill, AND a firepit on the shore.) There is a small outside deck on the water and two picnic tables adjacent. Guests do supply their own linens and towels.

This is the only cottage rented on the premises - the entire property is nearly 4 acres with wooded trails, docks, an adjacent garden/camping area, and several open fireplaces including one directly on the shore in front of the cottage. There are no other rental units on the property... You should have plenty of privacy.

For additional photos of rental cottage and more details please see "Manager's Cottage" section at bottom of page

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Maine waterfront property THE MANAGER'S COTTAGE
  • Located directly on the shore, at the corner of the property, this cottage was remodeled in 2005.
  • Sleeps 4-5 people. (There is a master bedroom with king size bed plus two smaller bedrooms with twin beds. Additionally, there is a bench bunk on the inside porch, plus the living room couch converts to a double bed.)
  • Inside front porch overlooks the lake. There is also an outside deck.
  • Kitchen is fully equipped with all appliances, including a modern gas range.
  • Outside cooking facilities include a stone fireplace directly on the shore, which tends to be extremely popular (firewood is provided), and a grill on the outside deck.
  • Bathroom is modern with an ample-sized stall shower.
  • Laundry facilities on the premises.
  • Linens and towels are NOT included; guests must bring their own.
  • Canoes, life vests and paddles ARE included.
  • Guests are requested to refrain from smoking inside the cabin. Please inquire regarding pets
$875-$925 per week
$925-$1050 per week
Two Week Rentals:
Longer Rentals: Call for Availability

$300 per week deposit required
(A week is Saturday-Saturday)
0-59 days prior to arrival, deposit fee non-refundable
Over 60 days, $100 reservation fee per week non-refundable
May 1 - October 15
Maine waterfront property

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Sunrise Locations, Bangor ME 04401