Graham Lake (Maine) facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsGraham Lake
|Location||Hancock County, Maine|
|Primary inflows||Union River|
|Primary outflows||Union River|
|Catchment area||499 sq mi (1,290 km2)|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Max. length||13 miles (21 km)|
|Surface area||9,383 acres (3,797 ha)|
|Average depth||17 ft (5.2 m)|
|Max. depth||47 ft (14 m)|
|Water volume||105,603 acre⋅ft (130,259,000 m3)|
|Residence time||3 months|
|Shore length1||89.8 mi (144.5 km)|
|Surface elevation||106 ft (32 m)|
|Settlements||Ellsworth, Waltham, Mariaville|
|1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.|
Graham Lake in Hancock County, Maine is a eutrophic reservoir formed by the construction of a hydro-electric power dam in 1922 four miles (6 km) upstream from Ellsworth, Maine. The first dam was a hastily built earthen dam built by the Bangor Hydro Electric Company. It failed in 1923, flooding downtown Ellsworth and doing almost $8 million in property damage. The dam was rebuilt and operated by Bangor Hydro until its sale in 1999. The dam has since been acquired by Pennsylvania Power & Light which continues to use it to generate electricity.
Water clarity in the lake is low, with secchi disk measurements averaging less than 3 meters. Fish in the lake that are of interest to anglers include smallmouth bass, white perch, chain pickerel, landlocked salmon, and brook trout.
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