Area Guide to Upper and Lower Richardson Lakefront
One of northern New England’s finest treasures is the beautiful lakes
that form the Rangeley Region. Lake Umbagog, Aziscohos, Parmachenee,
Cupsuptic, Mooselookmeguntic, Richardson and Rangeley, are like a string
of pearls that glisten with clear water and mountain scenery.
Richardson Lake Waterfront Real Estate Richardson, Umbagog Lake Area Guide
The Richardson Lake area consists of Upper and Lower Richardson
Lake, which extends approximately 17 miles in length. The crystal clear
water supports a wide variety of water birds including loons, ducks,
geese, hawks, and eagles.
These lakes are also home to many
islands, some small and some large. The waterfront areas consist of
rocky shorelines and sandy beaches where the visitor may set up camp and
enjoy the wilderness. Boating of all types, motorboats, canoes,
sailboats, kayaks, etc. is very popular as well. Fishing is a popular
pastime and the lake boasts trout, salmon, and bass to name a few.
Surprsingly, the nineteen-mile long Richardson Lakes are the only bodies of water in the Rangeley Lakes Region to hold lake trout (called togue in Maine).
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
The Richardson and Mooselookmeguntic Lakes are actually part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the historic 740-mile water trail that traverses New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine. It
is quite possible that the visitor will also be treated with a glimpse
of moose or deer in their natural habitat. The scenery is spectacular,
as is the atmosphere!
Umbagog Lake is a wilderness lake located in Coös County, New Hampshire and Oxford County, Maine. One of the most pleasurable features of
the Umbagog area in the Fall is the fantastic foliage provided free from
nature's paint palette.
The 7,768 acre lake is part of the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge and a New Hampshire state park. Along its southernmost shore, there is a public campground and a public boat launch ramp which may be accessed from New Hampshire Route 26. There are 26 wilderness campsites, accessible only by boat, which are located around the lake.
An interesting feature along its northwest shore is an expansive natural floating island composed of generations of decomposing marshland vegetation. The area is abundant with wildlife, including coyote, wild turkey, bald eagle, osprey, bobcat, rabbit, bear and of course moose.
Throughout the area there are many personally owned camps and lodges available on a rental basis.
Additional Maine Lake Resources
Learn About Local Lakes
Lakes of Maine (previously known as PEARL) is supported through a collaboration of research, management, and citizen-volunteer organizations, and is a superb example of cooperative stewardship. It is a searchable data base for Maine lakes initially created in collaboration between the University of Maine and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). You can access just about anything there is to know about any given lake or watershed. Size, depth, location, fish species, plants are all available. The Knowledge Base includes the most current articles and scientific data.
This resource will not only provide environmental information, but will be a place where you can search specific lakes by name and their exact location using interactive maps and tools.