Letter from Owners

Cathance Lake is a very special place to us. Our families have enjoyed the Maine woods and Down East environment by living on the Lake for many years. The Lake has provided us with numerous recreational activities including fishing, watching wildlife, swimming in the crystal clear water, canoeing and kayaking, or touring the Lake in larger boats.

We invite you to visit our little slice of paradise. We hope that you will agree with us that this is a unique gem and will want to become part of this community as a Lake Cathance property owner.

The proximity of Cathance Lake to both Machias and the Passamaquoddy Bays has given us ample opportunity for day trips out on the ocean. Immediately surrounding Cathance Lake are thousands of acres of working forest with accessible ATV and snowmobiling trails. The towns of Calais and Machias, Maine, and St. Stephen, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada as well as Campobello Island provide us with a variety of ways to experience the Down East lifestyle.

Cathance Lake is stocked with landlocked salmon and small-mouth bass. Loons ply our waters and their melodious cries fill the air especially at night! The Lake is basically spring fed. Its water clarity ranks in the top four in the State of Maine. One seldom sees more than a couple of boats, even on the most active weekends.

Throughout Maine, paper companies have traditionally owned large areas of lake shoreline with the sole interest of harvesting wood. However, in recent years there has been a mass sell-off of paper company-owned timberlands, and the area surrounding Cathance Lake has not been immune to such sales. It was in this context that Bill, as a Director of the Cathance Lake Association, began to explore the consequences of this activity. While we had hoped that conservation groups would protect some or all of the areas around the Lake, it quickly became apparent that the conservation dollars were being directed towards the large land tracts to the west. It was because of our love of Cathance Lake and our mission to safeguard and preserve its solemnity and beauty against the possibility of reckless development that we purchased 1,000 acres on the southern shore with 3.5 miles of shoreline.

We envisioned a balanced plan that would both protect the Lake while providing the opportunity for a few individuals to join the lake community in a unique setting not easily found in shoreline developments. We decided to offer for sale a minimum number of lakeshore lots along Cathance's southern shore – sufficient to fund the overall project. These lots would generate much needed tax revenues for the region, jobs for the area residents, and monies for the local restaurants and other retail outlets.

An essential component of our plan provides for conservation of over half the shoreline and the majority of the forested lands. We have emphasized conservation of shoreline, which abuts the picturesque outlet stream, wetlands inhabited by moose and deer, and marsh areas frequented by waterfowl, as well as interspersing conservation areas around the lots to enhance privacy. The lakeshore development is bounded on the back by a “no-build” working forest owned and managed by the Cathance Shores developers and the forested lands owned and managed by the State of Maine or the Atlantic Salmon Commission. Together, these lands provide a private wilderness backdrop in which to build your special summer or retirement retreat facing towards the beauty and majesty of Lake Cathance. For more information on our conservation plan, please read "Our Green Story".

We are proud of our plan and hope that you will fully explore the opportunities it offers for your recreational and/or retirement dream home. Come see it for yourself! We look forward to meeting you and to escorting you while visiting Cathance Shores, LLC.

Keep in mind that all Cathance Shores tours are by appointment only. Plan to spend 3-4 hours on your initial tour. Contact us from this website indicating your interest in a tour, and we will be back in touch immediately to schedule your visit at a date and time convenient to you.

We look forward to meeting you and taking you on a tour of our unique slice of lakeside living nestled within a magnificent wilderness setting.


William J. Gies

Ann Gies

James Ihle
Owners, Cathance Shores, LLC


William J. Gies II, Manager
Telephone: (207) 454-2480
Fax: (207) 454-3401

Dan Ackley
Tel/Fax: 207/454-0139

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