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Freshwater Features

Penobscot River Restoration

A multi-year project to remove dams and restore the Penobscot River is paying off as fish populations rebound.

Small Adventures: Damariscotta Lake

Damariscotta Lake offers plenty of great boating opportunities.

At Home Away From Home

A downeast-style boat proves just perfect for both daytrips and cruising on Lake Superior.

New “App” Will Explain Lake Phenomena

A new smartphone App from the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program identifies what you're seeing in Maine's lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.

Layer Cake Lake

Jump into a Maine lake during the summer and no matter how warm the water feels on top, there is always cold water lurking below. The reason behind this is a physical phenomenon known as stratification.

Down the Allagash

A canoe trip down the Allagash River is a wonderful family adventure.

Special Delivery

The Great Pond mail route is one of the few remaining inland water routes in the country.

Going To the Spring

During the 1950s, when his family used to stay at a camp in Fryeburg, David Morine and his brother had to haul their water from a spring in the woods. And it wasn’t easy.

In the Land of Legends

The Rangeley Lakes Region is known as the Land of Fishing Legends for a reason: Its lakes and streams teem with fish, and the many camps that cater to visitors have been there for decades.

Brave Lake Love

Writer Carl Little and his family live near the shores of Mt. Desert Island’s Echo Lake, a constant source of awe and inspiration.

Rusticating up to Camp

Back in the late 1800s, summer people coming to Maine called themselves rusticators. But natives rusticated too, going “up to” camps on remote lakes like East Grand on the Canadian border.

Water Wings Not Included

People are drawn to Maine's whitewater rafting trips for the adventure and to be surrounded by nature. The river guides are key to the success of these expeditions, as the author learns on an eventful rafting trip.

Lakeside Yachting

Yacht clubs on Androscoggin, Cobbosseecontee, and Moosehead lakes date back to the early 1900s and the days of the freshwater rusticators.

Oh the Loons

Loons are a triple-threat in the bird world: they are stunning to look at, possess a supernatural voice, and are skilled predators of fish. Their presence on a lake means it is healthy.

Rangeley Lakes Camps

The earliest Rangeley Lakes recreational establishments were fishing clubs, where members had access to rustic accommodations and to guides. Then came resort hotels. These offered a more genteel experience, but also focused on outdoor activities and appreciation of nature.