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Freshwater Features

Ice Age Survivors

When the last of the glaciers left by the ice age finally disappeared more than 10,000 years ago, they cleared the way for two evolutionary wonders of the animal kingdom: landlocked salmon and arctic char.

The Legend of White Nose Pete

Brook trout measured in pounds rather than inches are not uncommon in the Rangeley Lakes Region of western Maine, but there is one fish that stands out above all the rest. He is called White Nose Pete, although some refer to this piscatorial desperado as Pin Cushion Pete.

An Artistic Flatboat

Two Maine-based artists have built a shanty-style housefloat and plan to motor it down the Mississippi, creating art as they go.

Penobscot River Restoration

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

Damariscotta: My Home River

Nature and community along the Damariscotta River.

Tiny Houses

Whether they’re small, spare, and bare as a doghouse, or decorated with animal bones or lace curtains with ribbon ties, Maine ice shacks have a little something for everyone. Some people use them just for fishing; others use them as a winter clubhouse.

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.