Located in an area consisting of 99% forest and water, lies Maine’s western mountains and the six Rangeley Lakes. The Town of Rangeley, Oquossoc Village, Dallas Plantation, Rangeley Plantation and Sandy River Plantation comprise the regions settlements. The year ’round population of approximately 1,500+ inhabitants swells to almost 10,000 during the popular summer tourist season.
A great place to raise a family, retire and an ideal vacation destination for every season, this resort area offers a multitude of activities for both young and old. Spring ushers in the fishing season with trophy-sized Salmon and Brook Trout, along with abundant wildlife and wildflowers. Summer offers almost every sport imaginable, from 18 hole golf to all types of water sports. Scenic highways and hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, lead to panoramic overlooks and sight-seeing flights offer unparalled views during the summertime. September welcomes the Autumn season with some of the most beautiful fall foliage in the country, while bountiful game including moose, deer and upland birds beckon the advent of the hunting season. By November, snow blankets the region, signaling the start to alpine ski season and the opening of Rangeley’s Saddleback Ski area. Groomed village and mountain nordic paths and snowmobile trails are open by December, offering snowmobilers some of the best riding in the Northeast.
For vacationers, the towns of Rangeley and Oquossoc both offer a varied array of accommodations, including hotels, maine vacation rental cabins, cottages, homes, condos and townhouses, inns, bed & breakfasts, Maine sporting camps and campgrounds. Those who have visited Rangeley can attest: once you have explored this beautiful area, you will want to return again and again.
Rangeley restaurants feature everything from pizza to lobster, while delis serve up all the essentials for a picnic in the great outdoors. Rangeley area services and shops provide the visitor with all the necessities needed for their vacation, in addition to a wonderful selection of sporting goods and gifts. Civic, religious and other groups meet frequently and welcome guests, while the town and other organizations offer a varied selection of cultural events.
The area can be reached over highways or directly by charter air service. Or, fly into Portland or Bangor and drive the two and a half hour trip to Rangeley.
RRG&SA held its Annual Cookout and Event on July 17, 2014. Over 100 people attended, and many in the group participated in rifle/pistol shooting, trap shooting, archery, and flycasting for a chance to win fabulous raffle prizes generously donated by Cabela’s. RRG&SA was pleased to honor two individuals who have made significant contributions to our organization and the Rangeley Region. Maine Game Warden, Reggie Hammond, was thanked for his 22 years of service, conserving and protecting our fish and game resources. Stephanie Palmer was honored for her 17 years of leading the Junior Guide Program. Reggie and Stephanie were awarded commemorative plaques in appreciation of their hard work, dedication, and leadership.
After the awards ceremony, the membership voted to accept the recommendation of the Board of Director’s for board members and officers. Marcia Baker, Tom Clough, Don Curtiss, and David Kretzing were elected to three-year terms on the board of directors. Sheri Oldham-President, Kevin Sinnett-Vice-President, Elaine Holcombe-Secretary, and Doug Rose-Treasurer were re-elected to their current positions.
The crowd then heard a presentation from Jason Clere and Peter Brockett of Brookfield Renewable Energy about the current status of the Upper Dam construction, as well as the plans and timeline for project completion. Many questions from the audience were asked and answered.
RRG&SA wishes to thank the many club member volunteers who helped make this such a fun-filled and successful event.