Rangeley, Maine Attractions

Rangeley, Maine Attractions & Resources

Below are resources and information about attractions in the Rangeley, Maine area. There is also a binder at Red Quill Camp with all of the following information and more. Click on the links to jump to that section.

HISTORY

The Rangeley Lakes region has long been a place where people have come for outdoor recreation in all seasons, and to enjoy the Maine woods and waterways. It was made famous by legendary Cornelia ‘Fly Rod’ Crosby (1854-1946.) ‘Fly Rod’ was told by her doctor that she would die if she didn’t have an ‘abundant dose of fresh air’ and so she took to the outdoors and became an avid fly-fisher and hunter. She promoted the region as a sporting haven throughout her life, and became the first Maine Guide.

Another famous figure was Carrie Stevens, (1882-1970) who developed and tied the world-famous gray ghost fly. She loved to fish at Upper Dam on Richardson Lake where she summered and taught herself to tie flies.

Herb Welch is another legend of the region. He lived in the early 1900’s and was best known for his taxidermy of fish and game caught in the region, as well as for his fly-tying.

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FISHING

Rangeley is known for its trophy sized Landlocked Salmon and its world class Brook Trout fishery.

The larger lakes in the Rangeley region are the Mooselookmeguntic, Rangeley, Azicohos, Cupsuptic, and the Upper and Lower Richardson (home of the famous Upper Dam where Carrie Stevens fished.) The bigger lakes create the headwaters of the Androscoggin River. The bigger rivers of the area, the Magalloway, the Kennebago, and the Rapid, are fly-fishing only, and are best fished on foot. There are also some smaller rivers and streams like the Cupsuptic and the Rangeley River, which are good to fish, and many smaller ponds surrounding the area, a lot of which are fly-fishing only.

Ice-Out on the larger lakes usually happens in early May. Starting in May, through the beginning of July, the red quills, flying ants, caddis, and drakes are hatching.  When the water warms up mid-summer, fish the deeper lakes and pools with downriggers or lead core lines. When the water begins to cool again in September try out a wide variety of flies.

Buy your Fishing license at:

Rangeley Region Sport Shop, 2529 Main Street, Rangeley, ME 207- 864-5615

Rivers Edge Sport Shop, Route 4, Oquossoc, ME 207-864-5582

Click on these links for more information & services:

Pond In The River Guide Service

rangeley fly shop  (a great place to stop in and ask about what is biting & where)

rivers edge sport shop

Maine fishing laws

essays and stories about fishing

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SNOWMOBILING 

People come from all over the country to snowmobile in the Rangeley region. The snow is always deeper and fresher in Rangeley than anywhere else. Connect to the trails right from the door of Red Quill Camp. The Rangeley Lakes Snowmobile Club maintains 150 miles of well-groomed trails in the Rangeley region connecting to a network of 12,500 miles of other trail systems throughout Maine and Canada. The Lake Loop (65 miles) is one of the most popular day trips.

At the end of January the Rangeley snowmobile clubs hosts the annual ‘Snodeo’ weekend, come on up and check out all the festivities!

For a list of snowmobile trials in the area check out: snowmobile maine and rangeley lakes snowmobile club

Snowmobile rentals are available in Rangeley and Oquossoc:

PJ’S Power Sports, Rangeley, (207) 864-5343

quicksled- rangeley 207-864-3875

river’s edge- Oquossoc 207-864-5582

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XC SKIING AND DOWNHILL SKIING/RIDING 

The snow is always deeper and fresher in the Rangeley region. As you drive up route 4 you will notice that you are gaining a lot of elevation. Even when we have the driest of winters, there is always snow in Rangeley because of the elevation gain. It has a natural snowfall average of 200 inches.

Saddleback Mountain is an incredible mountain to ski or ride! It is a family-friendly mountain, with slopes for beginners as well as excellent expert terrain glades and steep narrow trails. It has better prices, fewer people, and better terrain than other resorts in Maine. It has peaks of over 4,000 feet, and the highest base elevation of any resort in New England. Click to view their website: saddleback mountain

The Rangeley Lakes Nordic Trails Center is located two miles from the base of Saddleback Mountain. It has 55 kilometers of groomed trails, all of which are set with classic tracks and a separate skating lane. The trails weave through the 8,000 acres of the Saddleback preserve and offer a variety of skiing opportunities for all ability levels, beginner to expert. The center has a yurt to warm up in and buy hot chocolate and snacks. They also provide lessons and rentals.

Click to view their site: XC skiing

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HIKING & SNOWSHOEING 

The hiking and snowshoeing trails in the Rangeley region are more than abundant! At Red Quill Camp I have provided maps of hiking & snowshoeing trails.  Near Red Quill Camp there is a two-mile hike up Round Top, which connects Quimby Pond and Dodge Pond. Some other great hikes include: the Angle Falls Trail, Bald Mountain, Wilhelm Reich Museum Walking Trails (Great Snowshoeing!), Bemis Stream Trail, Mingo Springs Trail and Bird Walk, and Hunter’s Cove Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce also has free hiking maps of the area.They are located in downtown at 6 Park Road Rangeley. (207) 864-5364

Snowshoes can be rented at:

The Alpine Shop in Rangeley: (207)864-3741

Rangeley Lakes Trail Center (207) 864-4309

River’s Edge Sport Shop: (207) 864-5582

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ROAD BIKING 

Many biking tours groups come through Rangeley and Oquossoc enjoying the challenge of hills, the scenic views, and paved roads.

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MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Rangeley Area offers mountain biking with great views. Trails offer single and double track riding, gravel roads, logging roads, and wilderness riding.

The Railroad Bike Loop Trail is a 12-mile trail with a mixture of terrain. It starts on Depot Street near the center of Rangeley Village.

The Rangeley Lakes Trail Center has seven miles of mountain biking trails and is located at 524 Saddleback Mountain Rd.

East Kennebago Mountain is a three-mile hiking/biking trail. To find the trail, go 10 miles east of Rangeley on Route 16. Turn left onto a gravel road, cross the bridge and then take a right. Go left at the fork and then take a second right (5.3 miles from the bridge). The trail begins at the East Kennebago snowmobile sign.

Spencer Pond Trail is an easy two-mile ride on an old gravel road. It is located 12.7 mile south of Oquossoc off of Route 17 on the left.

The area also has an abundance of woods roads that provide great mountain biking.

Mountain Bike Rentals are available at:

Rivers Edge Rentals

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BOATING

There are many boating opportunities in the Rangeley lakes region, from canoeing, to motor boating, to kayaking, to accessing the waterways via floatplanes, and taking scenic boat tours.

For scenic flights over the lakes click the link for more information: acadian seaplanes

For Rangeley Lake Boat tours on the ‘Oquossoc Lady’ a 1947 wooden cruise boat, call the Rangeley Region Lake Cruises at 207-864-2038.

Most of the lakes, ponds, and rivers have public access points to launch boats. The larger lakes include Rangeley Lake, Flagstaff Lake, Mooselookmeguntic Lake, Richardson Lake, Cupsuptic Lake, and Azicohos Lake.

Rivers that you can canoe & kayak include the Magalloway River, the Kennebago River and the Cupsuptic River.

River Trips:

The Cupsuptic River takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to paddle and has an easy access point. To get to the put-in take route 4 out of Rangeley toward Oquossoc and turn right on Route 16 towards Wilsons Mills. About 1 mile past the Maine Forest Service Station you will see the Public Boat Access sign. Don’t cross the bridge, the access point is on the right side of the road. The river becomes impassable about 1.75 miles up just after a cabin on the left called Mooch’s. The river has very little current and you turn around and return to the put-in.

The Magalloway River trip requires a car shuttle. It is a 5.5-mile paddle and takes about 3 hours. To get to the put-in access point take route 4 out of Rangeley toward Oquossoc and turn right on Route 16 towards Wilsons Mills. At Wilson’s Mills, as you come up to the bridge, turn right on Bennett Road, then immediately turn left to the launching point. The take-out point is at the bridge crossing the river at the Maine-New Hampshire boarder on Route 16. It is a steep take-out.

The Kennebago River is a very popular paddle destination because of its high moose and wildlife sightings. It also requires a car shuttle and is about a three-mile paddle. To get to the put-in access point take route 4 out of Rangeley toward Oquossoc and turn right on Route 16 towards Wilsons Mills. Go 1.3 miles to the Kennebago River Road on the right. Go 2 miles on this gravel road to the ‘Steep Bank Pool’ on the left, and park on the right. You will get to a gate if you have gone too far, just turn around and go back a tenth of a mile. You will see a path and steps down to the water for launching your canoe or kayak. There is a ledge around the first bend which in low water you might have to carry over, and in high water you might want to portage depending on your comfort level. After the ledge it is flat water to the route 16 bridge where you take-out. To shuttle a car for the take-out, go back to route 16 and turn right. Go .1 miles and park on the left side before the bridge. You can also hire Rivers Edge Sport Shop for a shuttle.

Boat Rentals are available at:

Ecopelagicon Rentals (they have great kayaks and offer guided tours.)

Rivers Edge Rentals (aluminum canoes)

Saddleback Rentals (motor boats, gas, oil, water skis, tubes, kneeboards)

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HUNTING

The Rangeley region is also famous for its bird, moose, bear, deer and small game hunting.

There is a game inspection station at Rivers Edge Sport Shop in Oquossoc.

For pictures and more information about hunting in the area check out Rivers Edge Sport Shop in Oquossoc Village, or the Outdoor Heritage Museum in Oquossoc:

outdoor heritage museum

rivers edge sport shop

maine hunting laws

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SKEET AND TRAP SHOOTING 

The Rangeley Region Skeet and Trap Association has a range at Bald Mountain at the end of the ‘Old Skiway Road’ in Oquossoc. Clay shooting happens three times a week on Wednesdays & Thursdays, from 4:00pm-7:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The sporting clays course has 13 stations. The trap course is a traditional 5 stands and is shot on Sundays at 1:00pm. The range is open to the public. For more information call: 207-864-3622 or 207-864-5582.

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ATV TRAILS & RENTALS

The name of the ATV club is “Camp-2 Trail Riders.” The club maintains the ATV trails and has them clearly marked with red and white ATV signs. There are two woods trails. Both start at the Yamaha dealership on Route 4, 3.2 miles south of the Rangeley Tennis courts. The ‘Camp-2 Trail’ Trail is 13 miles long one-way. The ‘Town Trail’ Trail is 8 miles long one-way.

You can’t ride your ATV down Main Street, and there is a parking lot on the edge of town near the power station and ‘Camp’ shop for your convenience.

ATV Maine Trails

camp do what you wanna rentals

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SLEDDING & TOBOGGANING 

Some of the best sledding in the area is at the Mingo Springs Golf Course and the Wilhelm Reich Museum. The museum has a nice shorter slope near the conference building, good for smaller children and people who don’t want a longer uphill climb. They also have sleds you can use. The Mingo Springs Golf Course has several excellent long and steep hills, and is where the thrill-seekers go.

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DOGSLEDDING

Rangeley Region Dog Sled Adventures offers half-hour to two-hour dog sled rides. For more information click: rangeley dog sledding

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ICE SKATING

While there are many ponds and lakes to skate on, Haley Pond in downtown Rangeley has lighted areas and is kept clear of snow. You can access it behind the Ecopelagicon shop on 7 Pond Street. Ecopelagicon also offers free skate use during store hours.

Rangeley hosts the New England Pond Hockey Festival, a three-day tournament usually in February. All the proceeds benefit local Rangeley charities.

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WILHELM REICH MUSEUM

The Wilhelm Reich Museum offers natural science and environmental education programs and seminars year-round for people of all ages. It is free of charge for the general public. Call to find out their schedule, or click the link for more information.

Wilhelm Reich museum 207-864-3443

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GOLF 

There are two golf courses in the Rangeley Lakes region. Mingo Spring Golf Club is about five minutes from Red Quill Camp. It is an 18-hole historic course. Click on their website link for more information: mingo springs golf

The other golf club in Rangeley is the Evergreen Golf Club. It is located near Saddleback Mt. and is a 9-hole course. Click their website link for more information: evergreen golf

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TENNIS

Rangeley has a town-maintained tennis court at the Lakeside Park downtown. It is free of charge and open to the public. There is another tennis court in the center of Oquossoc village, which is also town-maintained and free of charge. There is a sign-up system for using the courts, and tennis rackets are available to rent at the Rangeley Region Sport Shop. Call the Rangeley town office for information about the adult summer tennis league: 207-864-3326. For private lessons call Martin Wilson at 207-864-3429.

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I hope you enjoy your trip to Maine and all of the attractions offered in Rangeley and your stay at Red Quill Camp!