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Arial view of Mattawamkeag Lake in winte
Photo by Jerry Bley

Mattawamkeag Lake

Guidelines for Use of LMF Properties

Walking/Hiking Wildlife Observation/Study Cross-country skiing/Snow-shoeing Backcountry Camping Fishing Hunting/Trapping Snowmobile Trails Canoeing/Kayaking 

Project Description

With funding support from the Land for Maine’s Future Program, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands acquired an easement and two fee parcels protecting 3,026 acres around the southern end of Mattawamkeag Lake. The easement allows sustainable forestry while preventing future development and guaranteeing continued pedestrian access for fishing, swimming, and camping.

The newly protected lands include 11.5 miles of frontage on Mattawamkeag Lake, the upper reaches of the Mattawamkeag River’s West Branch, and the northern end of Mud Lake. To enhance opportunities for lakefront camping in this remote and beautiful setting, the Bureau purchased in fee 190 acres on Long Point and Big Island (which contains a significant old growth forest).

From Mattawamkeag Lake, paddlers can travel up to 90 miles along a recognized backcountry canoe route that traces the West Branch of the Mattawamkeag River. A popular hiking tail near the mouth of Mattawamkeag Lake leads to Bible Point–a location visited and made famous by Theodore Roosevelt. The Lake and surrounding woodlands are used by area residents year-round, with hunting in the fall, snowmobiling in winter, and fishing throughout the year for landlocked salmon, brook trout and smelt.