Kennebago River—Rangeley Lakes Region

Oquossoc, Maine 4964

Kennebago River—Rangeley Lakes Region

Kennebago River—Rangeley Lakes Region Professional Review and Guide

"A quietwater paddle on a serpentine river in the heart of moose country. The Rangeley Lakes Region is one of the oldest resort destinations in Maine. Yet, despite its popularity, it has retained much of the relaxed north woods charm that first lured sports enthusiasts here more than 150 years ago. If you’re drawn to the sweet smell of balsams, the plaintive cry of loons, or the thrill of sighting a bull moose on a remote stretch of water, Rangeley will charm you too.

The Kennebago River flows into the heart of the region and is among more than 100 lakes, ponds, and rivers within the watershed. This trip explores a serpentine stretch of the river known for its excellent fishing and abundant wildlife, particularly moose. When I paddled here, early on a July morning, I encountered two bull moose jostling for territorial rights less than a half-mile in."

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We parked and launched via a short carry access on the S side of Rt 16 bridge. From there we first explored the Kennebago upstream approx 1 mile upstream, exploring as many "forks to nowhere" that were available in search of good wildlife photos. Feeling a bit more adventurous, we followed the river flow downstream under the bridge to the confluence of the Kennebago and Rangeley Rivers, and then into Cupsuptic Lake. We spotted much wildlife, including several Great Blue Herons (river and lake), Bald Eagles (lakeshore), and numerous ducks and mergansers. I had a brief concern about being able to paddle upstream through the rapids section of the Kennebago just below the bridge, but by ducking into the very accessible eddies, I was able to solo paddle our Wenonah Spirit II back up to the boat launch.

Kennebago River—Rangeley Lakes Region Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
Skill Level
3–4 hours
Class I
Rangeley Lakes Region, Grant’s Kennebago Camps, Cupsuptic Family Campground
Local Contacts
USGS Oquossoc Quadrangle, USGS Kennebago Quadrangle
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018