Maine Lakes Dog Friendly Vacations
Where to Go
The western region of Maine is breathtakingly beautiful, with crystal clear lakes and rugged mountains. The Greater Bridgton Lakes region offers miles of hiking trails, marinas for boating, cross-country ski trails, and spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities. Your dog is welcome to accompany you on hikes or watercraft.
The Rangeley Lakes is a popular area of western Maine. With its large lake system and natural beauty, it has excellent opportunities for hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or backpacking. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail, where your pet is permitted off-leash. Alternatively, hike to the summit of Bald Mountain or Saddleback Mountain for spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
Flagstaff Lake is another popular recreational region in Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region. Bigelow Public Land Reserve borders the southern shore of Flagstaff Lake. This wilderness area is open to the public free of charge; bring your dog hiking, cross-country skiing, swimming in the lake, or camping.
Although the bulk of White Mountains National Forest is in neighboring New Hampshire, part of the protected forest area extends into Maine. This rugged wilderness is available to the public free of charge, and dogs are permitted in all parts of the forest. The national forest is popular with backpackers; consider taking your dog on an overnight camping trip through the extensive trail system in the park. Be alert for black bears, which roam in the White Mountains. While bears would not typically attack a dog, cornered bears behave unpredictably.
Where to Stay
There are dozens of vacation properties dotting the Lakes and Mountains region. Find a lakefront cottage or cabin nestled in the woods. The Rangeley Lake area and Carrabassett Valley, near Flagstaff Lake, have many options for vacation home accommodations. Inquire with the homeowner whether you can bring your pet.