Rangeley, Maine is the center of Maine’s Rangeley Lakes region, which consists of six major lakes plus hundreds of smaller lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. In winter, high-altitude snow in this region ensures well-groomed trails for snowshoeing, snowmobiling or cross-country skiing. If you like winter fun, you’ll love “Snodeo,” a three-day celebration in January of all things snowmobile. In the warmer months, you can go hiking, swimming, boating or fishing in the lakes region for brook trout or landlocked salmon. You can also enjoy a lake cruise with one of the Rangeley Region Lake Cruises. You'll find views of these waterways along the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway. You can also picnic beside four waterfalls.
At Rangeley Lake State Park, you can explore nearly 900 acres of land around the lake. You'll find a swimming area on the lake's southern edge as well as a picnic area with tables and grills, a ball field, restrooms and ample parking. You can launch your motorboat, canoe or kayak at the concrete boat launch. You can also hike and camp here—a small campground provides 50 sites for tenting, camper trailers and RVs as well as a playground. The park is open from May 15 to Oct. 1.
In the town of Rangeley, you can visit the Rangeley Public Library, the Rangeley Lakes Historical Society, or the Oquossoc Log Church, all of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. You can also learn more about scientist Wilhelm Reich or visit the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum. At Rangeley Friends of the Arts, you can see a concert or show.