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Description - Access to the Chain of Ponds Public Reserved Land is off Route 27 north of Stratton. The area includes Natanis, Long, Bag and Lower Ponds. Primitive camping is offered to anglers and paddleboaters along with others wishing to experience beautiful mountain scenery in Maine's western territory.

Attractions - Chain of Ponds includes over 1,100 acres of Natanis, Long, Bag and Lower Ponds joined by short thoroughfares to form the "chain." The land includes frontage on each of the ponds and offers lake shore camping at primitive remote sites or a commercial campground with amenities.

Recreation - The public reserved land includes frontage on each of the ponds and offers lake shore camping at primitive remote sites. Fishing, swimming and picnicking are enjoyed during the warmer months while the land is open to snowmobilers during the snowy winter months. Hunting and trapping are allowed, subject to state rules and regulations. Call 207-287-3821 for specific policies and laws regarding these activities.

Climate - The Western Maine Mountains Region, known for its spectacular four seasons, sees average daytime winter temperatures ranging 10 - 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 to -10 Celsius) in the northern area and an average of 14 -18 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -8 Celsius) in the southern area. Summer unfolds for outdoors enthusiasts with temperatures in the northern area averaging 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 Celsius) and in the southern area averaging 68 (20 Celsius). Western Maine Mountains Region experiences a wide range of precipitation. From north to south, the area receives an average of less than 38 inches (97 centimeters) to more than 44 inches of precipitation each year. Summer rainfall averages 3 - 5 inches per month.

Location - Access is off Route 27 north of Stratton.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round.

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Filed By: William R. Randall (Winthrop, ME)
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Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Instead, my wife & I took the suggestion of Mike Perry in your other telegram article and kayaked the Chain of Ponds. It was truly beautiful and more than what he wrote. In the bright, early fall sun shining on calm waters, we did the up and back offering - 8 miles and 3 hours 10 minutes for the double dip in scenic ecstasy. A moose, a deer, a fox, many loons including one young of the year, a blue heron, 2 ospreys, 2 crows, and a sandpiper were viewed along our route as well as many, many profound thoughts of what the outdoor experience is all about.

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Contact Information:
Western Region Headquarters, 129 Main Street, P.O. Box 327 , Farmington, ME, 04938, Phone: 207-778-8231, Fax: 207-778-5932

Additional Information:
Maine Lakes and Ponds - Maine's wilderness environment includes over 3,000 sprawling lakes and ponds. In addition, there are over 32,000 miles of rushing streams and rivers. Visitors and residents enjoy some of the best fishing, whitewater boating and paddleboating opportunities on the East Coast.
Maine State Parks & Public Reserved Lands - Maine's State Parks and Public Reserved Lands are managed for recreation, wildlife and timber. State Historic Sites preserve the rich heritage of the American Revolution and Civil War.
Western Maine Mountains Region - Western Maine Mountains is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Whitewater boating, fishing, hunting and winter sports abound in White Mountain National Forest, Rangeley Lake and Sebago Lake Areas.

Maine State Parks - Official Agency Website


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