This forested park is aside the state’s second largest lake. The park has sandy beaches, extensive woodlands, ponds, bogs, and a river. Water sports includes swimming and sport fishing. The park has a 250-site campground and lots of wooded trails.
Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site (Fort William Henry)
This historic site from the early 1700s has much to enjoy, including an ancient fort, a museum and gift shop, and interpretive programs about Native people and colonial settlers. Located on the Pemaquie River, there is a beach, and visitors may go paddling, motor boating, fishing and sea kayaking. There is a trailered boat launch.
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This preserve has 92 miles of lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers that cut a swathe through Maine's northern forestland. This park is the most remote in the state, and is available for those who truly wish to "rough it." Swimming, boating, fishing, and canoeing are all part of the experience. This is also a popular seasonal hunting area. Hiking trails lead to fire towers throughout the Allagash. It is important to note that there is no public transportation, nor are there any permanent residents in the park. Any visitors who plan to camp or travel through the park will be relatively isolated, and should be experienced in dealing with a primitive outdoor environment.
Cape Rosier Road off Route 176Brooksville, ME, 04617Phone: 207-326-4012
Bird watching, picnicking, paddling from boat ramp, enjoying nature, XC skiing
This is a scenic natural area of forests and rocky coastline. There is a boat launch for kayaks, canoes, and paddlers. Picnic tables are available. Lots of interesting ecosystems to observe and enjoy: beaches, mud flats, groves of hardwoods, wildflowers. Open all year; no fee charged.
Holbrook Island Sanctuary brochure.
Scarborough Marsh Nature Center
This wetlands wildlife refuge offers two ways for visitors to observe the surroundings: A traditional network of walking trails (including guided tours), and scheduled canoe trips.
Eastern Branch of the Penobscot River
Along Route 11Medway, MEPhone:
Fishermen will enjoy this river with its supply of Atlantic Salmon and large mouth bass. The scenery along the river makes it a great canoeing spot.
A large state wilderness that offers recreational activities in the water and on land; a popular camping and hiking spot
Launch your canoe, kayak, or boat into park waters, including the grand Matagamon, Webster, Wassataquiok and Katahdin Lakes. For a dollar an hour, rent a canoe or kayak. More information at http://bit.ly/1efUeO0 See full description of Baxter State Park.