Of the 9 Great Ponds located wholly within Acadia National Park (ANP), Eagle Lake is the largest - 466 acres, with a maximum depth of 110 feet. (Long Pond, which borders ANP, is the largest lake on Mount Desert Island, and is approximately twice the size of Eagle Lake in terms of surface area.) One of the most visited carriage roads in ANP circles Eagle Lake.
Eagle Lake has an interesting claim to fame. In the late 1800s, a Brewer entrepreneur, son of a French immigrant father and a mother with deep ties to Maine, decided that the growing number of tourists visiting the Bar Harbor area needed a convenient way to get to the top of Green Mountain (as Cadillac was known in those days). Francis Hector Clergue formed the Green Mountain Railway Company in 1882 with a capital of $90,000. The cog railway opened in 1883 and ran for 1.2 miles; it followed a design pioneered at Mount Washington. Passengers were taken by carriage from Bar Harbor to Eagle Lake. Here they boarded the steam ferry Wauwinet which transported them to the railway terminus on the other side of the lake. The enterprise’s most successful season was in 1886, with approximately 8000 passengers. A hotel was built at the summit to host visitors. It burned to the ground the year after construction but was replaced by another structure. However, construction of a road to the Green Mountain summit led to a decline in riders and in 1893 the company’s assets were sold off.
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