You’ve been tempted by the forest fringed, wildlife rich waters of the Rangeley Lakes Region. It’s a great choice for some much needed rest and relaxation. Unable to resist, you decide that Rangeley, Maine is exactly where you want to be. Now it’s time to find the perfect home-away-from-home. Whether you are looking for a bit of pampering in a historic property, a woodsy cabin to call your own or a campsite in the middle of almost nowhere, the Rangeley Lakes Region is your vacation place.
Rangeley, the largest town in the region, has the most lodging options. This is where you find vintage properties like the Rangeley Inn, offering high-ceilinged rooms furnished in period style. The Loon Lodge, another Rangeley icon, fronts the lake itself. Guests have been enjoying that property’s lakefront views for more than a century. These two properties, along with the Saddleback Inn and the Farmhouse Inn have their own restaurants in-house. Guests staying at the Country Club Inn will find the Mingo Loop Golf Course conveniently nearby. The Town & Lake Motel and the Rangeley Inn & Motorlodge, both on Main Street, are also available.
The Rangeley Lakes Region also offers Bed & Breakfast style properties. Two, the North Country Inn B&B and the Pleasant Street Inn B&B are in the town of Rangeley. Other options include the Star Barn B&B in the town of Madrid, the Tukumtu Inn B&B and Oquossoc’s Own B&B, both in the town of Oquossoc. B&B properties are often converted mansions or country homes and offer a more intimate lodging experience. There is of course the delight of waking up to the aroma of coffee and a delightful breakfast.
If your idea of the perfect vacation is to combine a bit of rustic comfort with fishing, hunting or photo adventures at your doorstep, a Rangeley Lakes sporting camp might be the answer. Bald Mountain Camps in Oquossoc fronts Mooselookmeguntic Lake and is perfect for those looking for an abundance of creature comforts. Rent a boat and do some fishing or get the blood moving with an exciting run across the lake on water-skis.
Tim Pond Wilderness Camps in Eustis is north of Rangeley, close to Flagstaff Lake and the Bigelow Preserve. Wood heated log cabins welcome guests to this gated camp along a private pond. Hunting and fly-fishing packages are available. Grant’s Kennebago Camps offers cabins with private docks, a sandy beach and fly-fishing on Kennebago Lake. Bosebuck Mountain Camps fronts the northern section of Aziscohos Lake and has been in business for almost a century. Open year round the camp offers hunting, fishing and snowmobiling vacations. Families are welcome.
Lakewood Camps at Middledam fronts Lower Richardson Lake. Accessible by boat or float plane, this sporting camp offers 12 rustic, lakeside cabins, each with its own period Franklin wood stove. It’s only a few steps to fishing spots along the shoreline. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent, perfect for doing a bit of bird or moose watching.
Camping, whether in a simple tent under the stars or in an RV, is one way to embrace the natural beauty of the Rangeley Lakes Region. The Stephen Phillips Wilderness Camping outfit offers 70 tent-only campsites scattered along the shores of Mooselookmeguntic Lake. Rangeley State Park offers tent and RV sites next to Rangeley Lake. Some sites will accommodate RVs up to 35 feet. Cupsuptic Lake Park & Campground offers tent, cabin and RV camping as well as boat slips for rent. Some of the RV spots have full service hook-ups including 50amp power, suitable for Class A rigs. The campground also offers wilderness camping sites.
Black Brook Cove Campground on Aziscohos Lake offers both tent and RV camping. Maine campground RV sites have water and electric hook-ups and are suitable for larger RVs. The East Shore Sites are smaller, with no hook-ups, good for self-contained, small pick-up or van campers and tents.. To really get away from it all, camp out at Black Brook’s Beaver Island, accessible by water only. No water or electric hook-ups, but you do have your own beach. Other camping options are available in the Rangeley Lakes area; just take a look at our list.
Perhaps you prefer the privacy and extra space of a vacation home for your Rangeley Lakes vacation. There are literally hundreds of properties listed privately or with rental agencies in the town of Rangeley. Some properties are available year-round, others just during the spring, summer and fall seasons. Find your personal vacation space along the shores of Mooselookmeguntic Lake, Rangeley Lake, Loon Lake, Saddleback Lake and Kennebago Lake as well as a number of ponds.
Properties range from sizeable modern private homes and condos with upscale amenities to rustically charming cottages and cabins. Some Rangeley vacation rentals are also located in sporting camps. Most rental agencies are located in Rangeley, but there is one in Oquossoc. Check our list for details.
Housekeeping cottages or cabins are also options. Located on Rangeley Lake and Mooselookmeguntic Lake, these are usually less expensive than most vacation rentals on the market. They tend to be in more remote areas, perhaps half-hidden in the woods or along a quiet bit of lakefront. Experience living like a local in this quiet, very private type of lodging.
Rangeley offers two resorts with their own brand of fun year-round. Bald Mountain Camps Resort in Oquossoc offers 14 log cabins tucked between the trees on the shores of Mooselookmeguntic Lake. It began in the 1800s as a sport fishing camp and now is a full fledged resort offering water-sports, a sandy beach, tennis courts, a nearby golf course and hiking and mountain biking trails. In winter cross-country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers make good use of those same pathways.
Rangeley Lake Resort is a timeshare property with 35 upscale cabins made from northern white cedar logs. A members-only clubhouse, lakefront access, private boat and swimming dock add to the exclusivity. Open year round, Rangeley Lake Resort is also close to the ski runs at Saddleback.
If you want to bring your four-legged best friend, the Rangeley Region has pet-friendly lodging options. The Town & Lake Motel and Cottages in downtown Rangeley welcomes furry guests and even has a pet guest book. Bald Mountain Camps on Mooselookmeguntic Lake and the Niboban Camps on the south shore of Rangeley Lakes are also pet-friendly. Check our list for even more options.
Maine’s Rangeley Lakes Region & Franklin County Directory Listings: