Damariscotta Lake Names & Numbers

Navigation Notes:

Damariscotta Lake is very well marked by seasonal buoys. Moreover, the clarity of the water generally keeps folks from drifting or sailing into foul ground. At reasonable speeds, you can see problems before they develop. A no-wake zone exists in The Narrows, where the 3 embayments meet.

Launch Ramp:

The state ramp is located on the southern portion of the lake. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson

A concrete-slab state ramp with ample parking can be found on the southwest side of the lake, off Rte. 213. No fee.

Where to Stay:

Where to Eat:

There are lots of eateries in the Damariscotta area. Some top local picks include:

  • Waldoboro: The Narrows Tavern (207-832-2210) offers good food, convivial company and draft beer. Seafood a specialty, such as sauteed scallops and broiled haddock. Also, steaks, pasta and dangerous desserts. Very reasonable prices. Open year-round.
  • Damariscotta: Damariscotta River Grille (207-563-2992) offers local/organic foods in creative and very tasty combinations. Mussels in garlic sauce is to die for. Reasonable prices. Open year-round.
  • Thomaston: The Slipway (207-354-4155) serves Caribbean-style menu with indoor and outdoor tables, very informal and very gourmet. Seafood a specialty. Right on the St. George River. A bit high-priced, but you get what you pay for. Seasonal.

Fishing Damariscotta Lake:

State License Requirements and Catch & Size Limits:

State of Maine Requirements