Description - Bigelow Preserve encompasses 35,000 acres including the entire Bigelow Mountain Range and nearly 20 miles of the southern shore of Flagstaff Lake. It was established by popular referendum in 1976 for those wishing to expand Maine's recreation opportunities on public land.
- Bigelow Preserve encompasses 35,000 acres including the entire Bigelow Mountain Range and nearly 20 miles of the southern shore of Flagstaff Lake. It was established by popular referendum in 1976.
Recreation - Visitors enjoy hiking along the Appalachian Trail and other trails as well as fishing in Horns Pond and Jones Pond. There are several shelters and tent sites within the Preserve. Swimming is available on Flagstaff Lake. Winter visitors enjoy snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Elevations in the Preserve range from 1,150 feet to 4,145 feet at West Peak. Hunting and trapping are allowed, subject to state rules and regulations. Call 207-287-3821 for specific policies and laws regarding these activities.
Climate - Winter outdoor enthusiasts to the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys Region will find daytime temperatures in the northern area averaging 10 - 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 to -10 Celsius). In the southern area they will find winter temperatures averaging 14 - 18 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -8 Celsius). Summer brings cool, bright days with temperatures in the northern area averaging between 65 - 66 degrees Fahrenheit (18 - 19 Celsius) and in the southern area, averaging between 66 - 68 (19 - 20 Celsius). The region receives an average of 38 - 44 inches (97 - 112 centimeters) of precipitation each year.
Access to the preserve is gained over gravel roads off Route 27 in Carrabassett, and by the Long Falls Dam Road from North New Portland.