flagstaff & Rangeley lakes

The beauty and abundant recreational offerings are a real treat for those who find their way to the Rangeley and Flagstaff Lakes area. Both are an oasis for those who love to paddle, camp, hike, explore, and most of all fish! World-renowned for trout and salmon, anglers of all skill levels will doubtless enjoy their time here. Paddlers can complete a leg (or two) of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Rangeley Lake State Park offers easy access to nearby ATV trails, challenging hikes, and epic climbing. In winter, the area becomes a playground for ice fishing and snowmobiling.

Visiting sightseers have equally matched options for taking in unending scenic beauty. From the Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway, make time to stop at Height of Land and Mooselookmeguntic. Visit the Oquossoc Log Church and marvel at the mesmerizing 54-foot drop of Smalls Falls as you go.

Flagstaff Lake is another spectacular year-round playground for outdoor hedonists. In summer, hiking trails lead to panoramic views, while wintertime transforms the lake into a hub for ice fishing and Nordic skiing. Starting in Kingfield, the Maine High Peaks Scenic Byway passes historic towns, rushing rivers, Flagstaff Lake, countless captivating mountain peaks, the villages of Eustis and Stratton, the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, Flagstaff Lake, and the Bigelow Preserve.

must visit spots

height of Land overlook on the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway in Fall

Height of Land

The Height of Land scenic overlook offers breathtaking unspoiled vistas along the Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway. This spot is considered one of the most impressive overlooks in New England, with broad views of the Richardson Lakes, the White Mountains, and Mooselookmeguntic. 

The verdant tree-lined lake landscape offers the perfect setting to stop and breathe the fresh mountain air, stretch your legs, and capture that postcard-perfect picture. 

Family picnic in Rangeley Lakes State Park

Rangeley Lake State Park

Rangeley Lake State Park covers nearly 900 acres deep in Maine’s Western Mountains. Nature enthusiasts enjoy hiking, picnicking, camping, wildlife observation, photography, and winter sports. Meanwhile, sport anglers know that the lake’s pristine waters are home to a world-renowned population of landlocked salmon and trout. The park also gives easy access to ATV riding and snowmobiling, and the campground has a spectacular view of Saddleback Mountain.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Flagstaff Lake

Northern Forest Canoe Trail - Sections 8 & 9

Sections 8 and 9 of this storied 740-mile water trail comprise a 91-mile paddle through the region. The first leg is a 37-mile section from the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, through the Richardson Lakes, famed Mooselookmeguntic, and into Rangeley Lake. Section 9 follows the South Branch of the Dead River across Flagstaff Lake, a serpentine-shaped hydroelectric impoundment, ending at Grand Falls.

the areas lakes, ponds and waterways

Ways to Adventure

Plan Your Trip

Maine’s Lakes and Mountains offers a variety of resources to help you plan your next visit, including an annual visitor’s guide, stand alone map, and the new Adventure Guide App.

Visitor's Guide

Our Free Visitor's Guide will help inspire your next adventure along our mountain trails, lakes, scenic byways, bustling towns and more.

Map of the Region

Companion to the Visitor Guide, our dual-sided planning map will help you find your way to adventure in every season throughout the region.

Adventure Guide App

The App will point the way to all kinds of adventures, experiences and destinations in Maine’s Lakes and Mountains with GPS location maps and alerts.

Maine's Lakes and Mountains by the numbers

4,000+ footers
Mountain Peaks
Lakes and Ponds
+Towns and Villages
Square Miles of Adventure
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