Orange Lake Day Use Area

Orange Lake View (1)
Daytime parking is allowed
2 spaces available


From US Route 1, turn onto Orange Lake Road (on the north side of Rt 1).  Travel 0.7 miles and turn left again on Cardinal Rd and go ~800 feet (or 0.13miles).  The DSF Property parking area is on the right.


Parking is limited to a maximum of 2 cars (on the lake side of the lot, right hand side). Do not park on the road or road shoulders.

Site Description and Use

The small half an acre DSF parcel provides a day use area with easy access to Orange Lake.  The lakefront property has a picnic table under the shade of a beautiful white cedar forest, and shallow access to Orange Lake for fishing, swimming, or hand launching a canoe or kayak. Overnight camping is not permitted.

About DSF

The Downeast Salmon Federation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and our mission is to “conserve wild Atlantic salmon, other sea-run fish and their habitats, restore a viable recreational salmon fishery and protect other important river, scenic, recreational and ecological resources in eastern Maine.” We are committed to providing opportunities for the public to hunt, fish, and recreate on the scenic lands along Maine’s waterways.  DSF’s Land Trust became nationally accredited through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in February 2023.  DSF protects 6,025 acres, including 2,322 easement acres, along rivers and streams in eastern Maine. In addition to conserving lands for Atlantic salmon and sea-run fish, we operate two salmon hatcheries and conduct valuable research, monitoring, youth education, and habitat restoration throughout the watersheds of the Denny’s, East Machias, Machias, Pleasant, Narraguagus Rivers and beyond.


To learn more about the Downeast Salmon Federation and our Land Trust, visit, call our Columbia Falls office at (207) 483-4336, or email


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