Classic Maine Lakefront Location

Dock at Dusk
Dock at DuskLakefront looking to NorthFront deck35 foot floating dock, with Adirondack bench - directly in front of cottage.Dock & Rocker - Icon of CathanceFirepit on shoreManagers Camp in AutumnDock and bench - looking east over lakeTwo Docksearly springEnclosed sunporchLiving RoomFully equipped kitchenNewly renovated bathroomKing bed - main bedroomThree bedrooms: 1. King size bed, 2. Twin bed (pictured) 3. Upper/lower bunksAdditional tenting & dining spot - in adjacent wooded garden areaThe "original" dock and rockerWhite PinesAccess roadAutumn CanoeingMaine Guides at Cathance Base Camp 1974Location in Downeast Maine interiorEvening dock



Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps: 6
Type: Cabin
Per week: $850
Per month: $2,100
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: No
Description of the East Machias vacation cabin rental
This location at Cathance Lake is truly spectacular - a genuine classic Downeast Maine lakefront setting. Cathance Lake, is spring fed, and considered one of the cleanest and finest deepwater lakes in Maine, relatively undisturbed, and known for its substantial populations of loons and salmon. The lake is located approximately 100 miles east of Bangor, Maine, and about 25 miles west of the Maine/New Brunswick border - in the heart of the unspoiled Downeast Maine interior.

Quiet and secluded, with an unrestricted view of the lake, this historic Maine outfitting camp has now reverted to a private compound. There are no other rental units on the property. The property is over 4 acres, with docks, wooded trails, a small camping area, garden, and several outdoor fireplaces.   Buildings and artifacts dating back to the early 1930's, the entire property has an ambiance and atmosphere that has attracted visitors to return for decades.

The cottage is located directly on the shore of the lake - the distance from the deck to the water is about 4';  There is a 40' floating dock in front of the cottage, with a platform and Adirondack bench. There is also a small protected shallow entry in front of the camp; swimming is superb.  The bottom is rocky, though relatively level directly in front of the camp.  Spring fed, Cathance Lake is exceptionally clean.

The Managers Cottage has three bedrooms, it is ideal for one or two couples or a small family.  The cottage has all the modern facilities, is totally equipped for cooking - and was totally renovated several years ago. Canoes are included with the rental.  

Picturesque and rustic 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.
Area Information
With over 4 acres of land, a rustic setting complete with wooded trails, docks, a small camping area, garden, several outdoor fireplaces, excellent fishing and canoes available this unique property is in the interior of one of Maine's most unspoiled and less touristed regions.

The downeast Maine coast is about 20 miles away; and the easternmost point in the U.S. (Eastport-Lubec area) us less than an hour's drive.
The Canadian border, with access to the Maritime Provinces, is about 25 miles away; and Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park is less than 2 hours drive.

About the owner

Owner Profile

Martin Brown

Martin Brown

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    Martin Brown has been a working Registered Master Maine Guide since the early 1970's. Founder of Sunrise Canoe and Sunrise International, he continues to offer classic Maine open canoe trips on the moderate whitewater rivers of Down East and northern Maine as well as other North American and international...
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Weekly Monthly Min
Jun 02 2015 Oct 13 2016 - - $850 $2,100 1 Week
Check In: 2 p.m. Check Out: 12 a.m.
Lodging tax: 8%
Deposits: $250 per week deposit required
Payment Options: Mastercard, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: Canoes included



  • Beds

  • 1 King Bed
  • 3 Twin Beds
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Dock/Boat Slip
  • Lakefront
  • View (Lake)
  • Balcony
  • Fireplace
  • Parking Included
  • View (Mountains)
  • Beach Chairs
  • Full Kitchen
  • Pet Friendly
  • View (Water)
  • Canoe
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Porch
  • Waterfront
  • Deck
  • Heating
  • Screened Porch
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Telephone
  • CD Player
  • Microwave
  • Stereo
  • Toaster
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Activities

  • Beach
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
    (<1 mile)
  • Restaurant
    (20 miles)
  • Boating
  • Lake
  • Hunting
    (<1 mile)
  • Golf
    (25 miles)
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Park
    (5 miles)
  • Ocean
    (25 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Snorkeling
  • Shopping Area
    (14 miles)
  • Whale Watching
    (25 miles)
  • Jet Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Grocery Store
    (20 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
4 acre property, with several outdoor fireplaces, trails, and camping/dining areas. Canoes included. Many streams, rivers, and lake thoroughfares nearby.
Scenic coastal Route 1 - 15 miles away. Maritime Canada - 25 miles.
Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor - 2 hours away. Easternmost point in US (Eastport/Lubec area) - about 35 miles.


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Subject: Thank you - we loved the cottage


We just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity to rent your cottage. It was a great week, the location perfect and accommodations exactly what we were expecting. I look forward to remembering our week in Downeast Maine on beautiful Cathance Lake during the long winter and anticipating our return next summer. In fact, we may make the trip for two weeks next year, time permitting in our schedules.

My sons enjoyed fishing out of the canoe and I fished out of the kayak. We caught loads of smallmouth bass and happily report they will be there next year as we prefer catch and release only.

We traveled to the coast, and loved whale watching and Lubec, as well as charter fishing out of Eastport. I attended the Native American Day and was part of a native American prayer. Our dogs loved the lake and swam daily as well as walked the woods road each morning. Jasper beach in Rogues Bluff, was a nice stop, and I have several Jasper stones around my property. In other words, we all found what we were looking for and more. 

By the way, Portland was a great way to begin our trip, and a long uneventful drive home, with wonderful memories, was a great way to end it. 

Thank you again,

Corinne, Tom and John Brewer

We had the best time. I am so glad we were able to experience your camp/cottage - loved it. We did also get to see much of the area: Rogue Bluffs, Lubec, Reversing Falls, Cambobello Island, Eastport and of course Machias. The lake was beautiful and we had some great adventures in the canoe. All in all a terrific trip.
We'd definitely like to come back again and thanks for considering us for a repeat visit.

Wonderful setting; just perfect for the four of us. Best sunrises, and sunsets you could imagine. Thanks for use of the canoes (and the firewood!) Wwe did not catch salmon that week - but that has to be the clearest and cleanest lake we have ever seen. And it was quiet.
Thanks again for your hospitality; hopefully we will see you again next season.

JT & MS, Chelmsford,MA

Please keep us on your mailing list, as we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your cabin.  If anyone has any questions of how wonderful it is prior to renting, I would be happy to speak with anyone regarding how wonderful our stay was.  I have to say, that the week we spent there was one of the best times of our lives.  The accomodations were exactly what we were looking for, rustic, yet comfortable, Martin was so nice, and accomodating to us, and having access to the canoe's was very nice.  We hope to return in the future!
Sarah Stevenson

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What makes your vacation rental special?)
A: Extraordinary setting on one what is considered one of Maine's cleanest and beautiful lakes - in one of the most unspoiled regions. 3 and 1/2 thousand acres of spring-fed water - just inches from your deck.
Q: What is most notable about the area?
A: Cathance Lake, in the heart of Washington County, lies at the easternmost tip of the Maine and the nation - hence it's name "The Sunrise County". This classic lakeside location is a good base from which to explore the vast woods, myriad streams and rivers, picturesque towns and villages what is truly authentic Downeast Maine. Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are only two hours away - perfect for day trips or extension of your vacation.

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Martin Brown

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  • About:

    Martin Brown has been a working Registered Master Maine Guide since the early 1970's. Founder of Sunrise Canoe and Sunrise International, he continues to offer classic Maine open canoe trips on the moderate whitewater rivers of Down East and northern Maine as well as other North American and international...
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