Situated in the heart of Maine’s beautiful Lake District, and one of the area’s six main lakes, Rangeley Lake is located on the edge of the town of Rangeley and is a major attraction in Rangeley Lake State Park. It’s a typical Lake District Lake, surrounded by gently rolling mountains covered with forests, and it has a very irregular lakeside that curves in and out forming bays and peninsulas along its edge. There are several islands in this cool mountain lake too with Maneskootuk Island (or Doctor’s Island on official maps), a wooded island in the eastern half of the lake with an interesting history of its own, and the group of tiny South Bog Islands is in the western part of the lake.
Maine’s Western Lake and Mountain Region offers a quieter, more pristine wilderness experience. Things move a less hurried pace here, making it easy to concentrate on the important things like spending quality time with your partner here in Rangeley. With the lake and mountains as a beautiful backdrop, your romantic Rangeley journey can begin.
What to Do at Rangeley Lake
Head to Rangeley Lake State Park! This beautiful state park has a remote, secluded feel to it, an almost a retro vibe, and it’s only minutes from downtown Rangeley. Encompassing almost 900 acres, the two of you can enjoy your favorite activities together. Enjoy hiking, hunting, swimming, kayaking and canoeing, photography, and wildlife and birdwatching. And the lake is renowned by area anglers for its (landlocked) salmon and trout fishing. Snowshoeing, four-wheeling and snowmobiling are popular activities in the park too, depending on the season. No matter the season, pack a lunch of your favorite snacks and beverages to enjoy at the lakeside picnic area or find your own secluded spot under the trees just off the trail.
Take a guided moose safari! Hunt together for these majestic animals by kayak along the lake’s edge or hiking along around the lake. Or book a guided tour and increase your chance of seeing a moose or two. If the two of you are out kayaking or hiking at dusk or dawn, on a romantic sunrise or sunset adventure, keep an eye out! Seeing a moose slowly lumbering along is an almost magical experience, perfect to share with someone special.
Take a Seaplane tour! The lake has specific seaplane landing zones and a seaplane base. It’s fun way to get a panoramic view of the spectacular Lake District. And there are several different seaplane companies and tours to choose from – take a scenic tour of the area or the western mountains up to the Canadian border, book a trip to an even more secluded lake for fishing or hiking, book a rafting and flying trip and enjoy whitewater rafting in the wild Class IV Rapid River to Lake Umbagog, or enjoy a flight to a remote lakefront lodge for a romantic dinner.
Nearby Romantic Rangeley Attractions and Activities
Scenic Bald Mountain, on the west side of Rangeley Lake, offers excellent hiking, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, and hunting (bird, deer and bear hunting). The summit is covered with old-growth trees, and there’s a popular hiking trail to the peak, with interesting rock formations, and the view from the observation tower is amazing. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re together.
Every visitor to Rangeley needs to visit Height of the Land at least once. Enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of the surrounding lake country, including Mooselookmeguntic and Richardson Lakes, as well as New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Hike or just take a quiet drive together along the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway and enjoy the scenery in comfort on your next Rangeley romantic journey.
Saddleback Resort, Maine’s second highest mountain, is a popular year-round destination spot. During snowy months, enjoy alpine and Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and snowshoeing, while in summer months you can enjoy hiking and biking along those same mountain trails.
Take a hike to a local area waterfall. Smalls Falls, Coos Canyon, Angel Falls, and the Cascade Stream Gorge Trail are just a few to try on your list of Rangeley romantic activities. All are slightly different, all have pretty, cascading waterfalls, unique rock formations and scenic views.
Your Journey to Romantic Rangeley Lake
The quiet beauty of the lake is the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway, any time of year. While there are numerous outdoor activities to enjoy year-round, the two of you may decide to seclude yourselves in your vacation rental for your stay, enjoying the lake and mountain view while snuggled in front of the roaring fire or out on the deck stargazing.
Choose from one of our comfy log cabins nestled in the woods, an expansive lakefront lodge, a vacation home steps from the heart of downtown Rangeley and more. All of our rentals are just minutes away from all the fun on Lake Rangeley. Give us a call today for help in selecting the best Rangeley vacation rental for your romantic journey here.