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Freshwater Features

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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.

Cruising Moosehead

Moosehead Lake is 40 miles long and makes a great cruising destination if you have a small sailboat that can be launched from a trailer.

Fishing and the Rangeley Boat

The iconic Rangeley Boat emerged from the Rangeley Lake region of Western Maine in the 1800s and was crafted to suit the needs of sportfishermen.

Resilient Shellfish

Maine has a thriving oyster growing industry. Until recently most of these oysters were raised from commercial seed. As the industry has grown and coastal water temperatures have inched up, cultured oysters have begun to multiply on their own, particularly in the brackish waters of the Damariscotta River.

Cottrell Boatbuilding: Two Moths

Cottrell Boatbuilding of Searsport, Maine, built a pair of custom classic Moths for a customer who had raced Moths when he was young. His charge to the Cottrells: “Design and build me two identical Moths within the classic Moth rules.”

On the Land and on the Lake: the amphicar

Who hasn’t dreamed about a car that can go in the water? A German company made amphibious cars in the 1960s and exported them to the United States. Some are still on the road today. Bob Stover of Belfast, Maine, has owned and restored three of these plucky hybrids, which are at home both on land and in the water.

French & Webb: Leilu

A Vivier-designed kit boat destined for lake sailing