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.
Stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) are a popular way to get on the water. Thor Emory is one of a growing number of athletes who have taken the sport to a higher level, using specifically designed SUPs for open-water surfing.