Guides and Resources

The beauty of Highland Lake’s waters has made it a popular destination. Traditional summer camps are turning into year-round homes as more and more people want to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of lakeside living. As you spend more and more time on Highland Lake, take a moment to make sure you’re living a lake-friendly life by following the tips in this guide.
Whether you have lakefront property or live many feet from the lake, you can help protect lake water quality by reducing your lawn and making your property more beautiful and more valuable at the same time. The goal of this publication is to show you how!

This handbook will help you get started on proper planting and maintenance of your shoreline. There are many options for design and materials, and this includeds information to help you with your planning. Although the primary focus of this handbook is lakefront areas, the same principles apply to all waterfronts throughout the watershed.

15 simple strategies for sustainable lakeshores & landscapes from The Fulton Chain of Lakes Association

The Mission of Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) is to help protect Maine lakes through widespread citizen participation in the gathering and dissemination of credible scientific information pertaining to lake health.

Lakes Environmental Association (LEA) is a regional non-profit organization, funded by members, focused on protecting lakes and water quality in western Maine. LEA’s mission is to preserve and restore the exceptional water quality of Maine’s lakes, ponds,
Maine Lakes work to support everyone who values and benefits from clean water and healthy lakes in Maine, including lake residents, lake associations, surrounding communities, vacationers and the next generation of lake stewards.
Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is responsible for protecting and restoring Maine's natural resources and enforcing the state's environmental laws. Manuals and Guides to Reduce Water Pollution
Lakes of Maine is your online source for information about Maine Lakes. This website is a product of and managed by Lakes Stewards of Maine (formerly Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program).
This manual is intended to be a helpful resource for camp road owners, road associations, lakeshore owners, town officials, contractors, and lake enthusiasts. Its purpose is to help people maintain and improve gravel roads while protecting the quality of water in lakes, streams, coastal areas, and wetlands.
The Maine Alliance for Road Associations (MARA) is an online community of members active in Maine road associations formed or forming under the Maine Private Ways Statute. Its purpose is, in part, the compilation and dissemination of information from many sources. Its website is maintained by the contributions of its members.
Those with private road maintanence expenses should understand this new (2021) State of Maine act Sec. 1. 23 MRSA c. 305, sub-c. 2-A - Responsibilities of Residential Property Owners for the Maintenance and Repair of Private Roads. This outlines the responsibility for the repair and maintenance of private roads that benefit residential properties.

Technical Assistance Form

Property and private road technical assistance The Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District provides technical assistance and education on soil and water resources. Contact their office about soil and water issues on your property or private road.
Boating Laws and Responsibilities is the official boating handbook developed for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The handbook introduces you to Maine laws governing boating and provides general information about safe vessel operation. Offered on the Boat-ed website
The Private Road Maintenance Budget Calculator allows you to take your quotes and determine the annual costs for each maintenance activity.

NOTE prices are based on 2021 informal surveys.