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Sandy beach
Yes
Cliff jumping
No
Hike-in Required
No
Sensitive Habitat
No
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Echo Lake Beach is one of the only freshwater lakes visitors to Acadia National Park are allowed to swim in, and it features breathtaking views of Beech Cliffs. The long lake stretches out to the north, paralleled by Beech Cliffs on the left and the gently rising forest on the right. The beach is relatively small and tucked away on the western side of Mount Desert Island, so it sees far fewer visitors than Sand Beach. It’s also ADA accessible with a level boardwalk leading right to the water's edge.

The parking area for Echo Lake Beech is also the trailhead for the Beech Cliff Trail, and it is popular with climbers testing their skill on Canada Cliffs and Beech Cliffs. They can often be seen by beachgoers. Restrooms and changing rooms are available in addition to a handful of picnic tables.

The water is crystal clear and much warmer than the ocean. The beach is staffed by a lifeguard from Memorial Day through Labor Day, making it great for families.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Great views. Less crowded than other beaches. Fresh water.

Cons

None.

Address

Echo Lake Beach Rd
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
United States

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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