Summer in the Rangeley Lakes Region
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Winter is obviously our jam, but there's nothing quite like a Rangeley summer. Whether you're casting a line or catching the sunset, there's limitless beauty and adventure to be found.
Anchored by the Appalachian Trail, which runs directly across Saddleback’s summit, an in the heart of a northern boreal forest, Rangeley is the epicenter of some of the best hiking in the east. The Fly Rod Crosby Trail, which traverses the western end of the mountain and takes you to a number of remote and transcendental ponds and streams, intersects the Appalachian Trail and continues on to Philips. Along the way, you can take a side trip up the Betty Pickers Trail, named for the abundant wild blueberries on the summit of Saddleback.
Water, water, everywhere: That’s not the slogan of the aptly-named Rangeley Lakes Region, but it sure could be. And with that water comes some of the best fishing in North America, which is why this region has been a mecca for fly fisherman since the early 1880’s. Whether you’re after brookies or bass (or pretty much any other northern freshwater species, for that matter), you’ll fine ample opportunity to cast a line in the many lakes, rivers, and streams surrounding Rangeley. For more information, contact the Rangeley Region Guides’ and Sportsman’s Association.
Canoeing and Kayaking
Everything that makes Rangeley’s fishing opportunities so abundant also makes for nearly endless canoeing and kayaking options. From whitewater to placid lakes, and everything in between, we’ve got exactly the water you’re looking for. Take a guided tour with one of our local operators, or find your own way. Don’t have a boat? Don’t fret: there are rentals to be had! For more information, rentals, and guiding services, contact Anne Rockwell in Saddleback's Outdoor Programs.
With two golf courses to choose from, and a spectacular backdrop everywhere you look, Rangeley has plenty of options for getting out on the greens. Just don’t blame us if you get distracted by the amazing views and whiff a shot or two (you wouldn’t do that, would you?)
Our Northern Boreal forest is a habitat of abundance for bird species and has made Rangeley and Saddleback a mecca for birders. From rare bird species like the Bicknell’s Thrush, to jays, hawks, woodpeckers, and even bald eagles, the abundance of bird life in this region is a feast for the eyes and the ears. And if you’re so inclined, you can even take a nature photography workshop and learn how to bring your discoveries home. Look for more information about birding in the Rangeley area here.