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Upper Mattawamkeag Lake in Island Falls, Maine.

Upper Mattawamkeag Lake in Island Falls, Maine.

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Island Falls

You can visit one of Theodore Roosevelt's favorite getaways by taking a trip to Island Falls. Roosevelt visited this area in the late 1870s to camp, hunt, fish, snowshoe, paddle and reflect in solitude. You can see the plaque erected in his honor at the Bible Point State Historic Site in town.

Recreation

You can go fishing, canoeing, kayaking and boating on four town lakes—Upper Mattawamkeag Lake, Mattawamkeag Lake, Caribou Lake and Pleasant Lake. Ice fishing on local lakes and ponds is a popular winter activity. If you'd like to go snowmobiling, you can link up in town with Maine's ITS (Interconnected Trail System), which passes through Island Falls and allows you to explore Houlton, Millinocket or Lincoln. In the warmer months, you can view Mt. Katahdin and Pleasant Lake while golfing at the 18-hole Va-Jo-Wa Golf Course.

History

You can visit the early-1900s Tingley House, a restored potato house and former jailhouse that contains a museum of local artifacts. The house is preserved by the Island Falls Historical Society.

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