Branch Lake Public Forest

Ellsworth, Maine 4605

Branch Lake Public Forest

Branch Lake Public Forest Professional Review and Guide

"Acquired by the city of Ellsworth from the Mary C. Fenn Trust in 2010, Branch Lake Public Forest is a 240-acre property on the lake’s southeast shore. A 4-mile trail network provides access to a wooded interior and the scenic shoreline of big, beautiful Branch Lake, which is Ellsworth’s sole drinking water supply and drains into the Union River and Blue Hill Bay, a nationally significant estuary.

Enjoy quiet walking through mature spruce and pines and along
the undeveloped lower shores of Branch Lake, an important local source of high-quality drinking water."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
160 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
City of Ellsworth Planning Department (, 207-669-2563). Frenchman Bay Conservancy (, 207-422-2328)
Additional Use
USGS Branch Lake; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 23 (DeLorme); Branch Lake Public Forest Trails Map (city of Ellsworth)
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Jul 2018