~ Rangely Lakes State Park and Height of Land Overlook, Maine ~
The magnificent Height of Land Scenic Overlook lies on the Rangely Lakes National Scenic Byway (Maine Route 17). The view was breathtaking. Much of the area seen from the Height of Land Overlook has been preserved forever for public use and enjoyment. Protection was accomplished through conservation easements or ownership by non-profit conservation organizations of State and Federal natural resource agencies. These
protections enhance habitat for wildlife, protect water quality and provide opportunities for sustainable forestry and outdoor recreation.
"The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resounces as assets, which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired in value." ~ Theodore Roosevelt
"Everybody needs beauty... places to play and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike." ~ John Muir
American Indians moved into the Rangely Lakes Region following the retreat of the glaciers nearly 11,000 years ago. in their pursuit of fish and native game, they used Mooselookmeguntic Lake and other rivers and lakes as highways. The development ot the lightweught and portable birch bark canoe (4,000 to 3,500 years ago) allowed travel along smaller streams and cross-drainage portaging. Todays Northern Forest Canoe Trail is based on historic and pre-historic travel routes crossing every major watershed in the northeast.
Maine is the Pine Tree State. With 17 million acres of forested lands, covering 90% of the state's land area, Maine is the most forested state in the USA. Beginning with the cutting of virgin white pine in the 1700s, much of the landscape has been harvested multiple times to supply both lumber and paper manufacturing. Maine has less than 35,000 acres of virgin forest under protection today.
Rangely Lakes Area from the Height of Land Overlook
Androscoggin River Walking Trail
I stopped at a Rest Area along U.S. Route 2 near Bethel, Maine and found there a trail along the Androscoggin River. The two photos above are looking down and up the river. The photo below shows the vegetation growing in the river.
Height of Land Scenic Overlook
The Androscoggin Watershed begins in the Rangely Lakes Region. Rangely Lakes is a group of interconnected lakes in western Maine. The largest of these lakes are the Aziscohos, Cupsuptic, the largest Mooselookmeguntic (also has the largest name), Rangely, Upper and Lower Richardson and the Umbagog. The waters eventually flow into the Androscoggin River, draining an estimated 4.19 billion gallons of water into the Atlantic each day. The lakes are internationally known for the fishing of salmon and trout.
I am always looking for the color
On the right is the route of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which runs through several of the lakes and includes several streams and portages
A couple of panoramas
Rangely Lake State Park
Then the road to Rangely Lake State Park
Vacation fishing boats
The water was that blue and that clear
That's me, but not my boat. If the motor is in as bad shape as the boat, he will need that oar.
Then the canoes and kayaks came along
There was a trail along the lakeshore and I walked a short way. It was getting near lunch time, so I didn't go far.
I did photograph someone's castle atop the hill above the lake. And, of course, Budder after his lunch treat.