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Beau Lake
Beau Lake is located in Maine
Beau Lake
Beau Lake
Location in Maine
Location Rivière-Bleue, Quebec, Témiscouata Regional County Municipality in Quebec and Aroostook County in Maine
Coordinates 47°20′40″N 69°03′13″W / 47.34444°N 69.05361°W / 47.34444; -69.05361
Type Lake consisting of enlargement of the river
Primary inflows Saint Francis River
Primary outflows Saint Francis River
Catchment area Bay of Fundy
Basin countries Canada and United States
Max. length 8.1 km (5.0 mi)
Max. width 1.1 km (0.68 mi)
Surface area 7.23 km2 (2.79 sq mi)
Max. depth 55 m (180 ft)
Surface elevation 394 m (1,293 ft)

The Beau Lake (in French: "Le Beau Lac") is a freshwater lake in the north–south axis through the Saint Francis River. The lake is the center of the boundary between:

  • Maine (United States): North Maine Woods, Aroostook County, Big Twenty, township T20 R11 & R12 Wels (northern part of the western shore of the lake) and T19 R11 Wels;
  • Quebec (Canada): administrative region of Bas-Saint-Laurent, regional county municipality (RCM) Témiscouata Regional County Municipality, in municipality of Rivière-Bleue, Quebec.

This lake is located entirely in the forest zone. In the story, the main economic activity was forestry. Since the mid-twentieth century, the resort and tourist activities have developed. This lake is particularly renowned for fishing and recreational boating in particular because of its mountainous landscape.

On the side of Maine, a forest road runs along the western shore of the lake. While the side of the Quebec, a few dozen homes are served by an access road to the northern half of the lake.


The lake is consisting of enlargement of the Saint Francis River. This lake is walled by steep cliffs:

  • West side (Maine) in the canton T19 R11 Wels including mountain peaks vary between 329 metres (1,079 ft) and 487 metres (1,598 ft) in altitude;
  • East Side (Quebec) in the municipality of Rivière-Bleue, Quebec with mountain peaks reaching up to 516 metres (1,693 ft).

This lake is fed by the discharge of Saint Francis River (Canada–United States) (from the north) and the stream of "Coulée Creuse" (English: Creuse Casting) (from the east). This lake discharges through the South by the continuity of the Saint Francis River.

The mouth of "The Beautiful Lake" is located at the bottom of the southern tip of the lake or at the limit of Quebec and New Brunswick.


The place name "Le Beau Lac" was formalized on December 5, 1968, at the Commission de toponymie du Québec (Quebec Geographical Names Board).

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