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Maine's Western Mountains and Lakes Region

       Welcome to Maine's Western Mountains and Lakes Region. Watch the slide show above to see a selection of photos from this region. We are now accepting professional quality photos of this region for use on our web site. Photographers will be given a credit on the photo and link where applicable. Please send photos to:
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Counties in the Region

Androscoggin, Franklin, & Oxford. To see maps of: Androscoggin County and all towns & cities in the county, click here; Franklin County and all towns & cities in the county, click here; Oxford County and all towns & cities in the county, click here.

Largest Cities & Towns*

Lewiston (36,830), Auburn (22,927), Lisbon (9,342), Farmington (7,883), Rumford (6,880), Jay (5,487), Poland (4,550), Norway (4,820), Paris (4,600), Turner (4,484), Wilton (3,964), Oxford (3,791), Greene (3,757), Mexico (3,293), Fryeburg (2,954), Strong (1,309), New Sharon (1,160), Phillips (1,050). Other towns of interest include: Durham, Leeds, Livermore, Livermore Falls, Mechanic Falls, Minot, Sabattus, and Wales (Androscoggin County); Andover, Bethel, Byron, Canton, Dixfield, Hanover, Peru, and Roxbury (Oxford County); Carrabassett Valley, Eustis, Rangeley, Stratton, and Wilton (Franklin County). *Population figures are based on Maine census estimates from 1996. For a map of Maine (PDF file) click here.

Climate - Average High/Low Temperatures (F)

Lewiston, Maine (Androscoggin County): January: 29.2 to 11.1, April: 53.1 to 34.2, July: 80.7 to 60.7, October: 59 to 40.5; Farmington, Maine (Franklin County): January: 25.8 to .5, April: 51 to 28.5, July: 79 to 53.4, October: 57.4 to 32.3; Rumford, Maine (Oxford County): January: 27.2 to 5.8, April: 52.3 to 31.2, July: 79.6 to 56.4, October: 57.5 to 36.6. Click here for detailed weather forcasts.

Geography & Natural Attractions

Mountainous region with some of Maine's highest peaks in the Bigelow Range and Mahoosuc Mountains. Lakes in the region include Sebago Lake (2nd largest in the state), Flagstaff Lake (4th largest in the state), and the Rangeley Lakes Chain which encompasses over 110 lakes and ponds.

Major Events

January: Ski Fest (Bethel), Snodeo (Rangeley), February: Polar Blast (Eustis), Winter Festival (Bethel), Winter Carnival (Oxford), Musher's Bowl (Bridgton); June: Great Falls Canoe Race (Lewiston-Auburn), Moontide Water Festival (Rumford); July: Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Festival, Mollyockett Day, Maine State Triathlon Classic (Bethel), Moonlight Madness (Farmington), Logging Museum Festival (Rangeley); August: Sidewalk Art Show, Blueberry Festival (Rangeley), Blueberry Festival (Wilton), Old Home Days (Andover), Festival de Joie, Great Falls Balloon Festival (Lewiston- Auburn), Antique Auto Show (Oxford), SCCA Maine Forest Pro Rally (Rumford); September: Oxford County Fair (Oxford), Franklin County Fair (Farmington), Harvest Fest (Bethel); October: Fryeburg Fair (Fryeburg), Apple Festival (Rangeley)...*The above list is just a small sampling of events in the Western Mountains & Lakes Region...there are many other events held throughout the year. Please see Events for more listings and detailed information.

Major Historic and Cultural Attractions & Sites

Bridgton: Narramissic Farm; Farmington: Farmington Historic District, Nordica Homestead - birthplace of Opera legend Lillian Nordica, University of Maine Art Gallery; East Sebago: Jones Glass Museum; Kingfield: Stanley Museum - Stanley Steamers and memorabilia; Lewiston: Bates College; Livermore: Norlands Living History Center; New Gloucester: Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community; Newry: Sunday River Covered Bridge; Phillips: Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad; Rangeley: Wilhelm Reich Museum South Paris: McLaughlin Foundation Perennial Gardens & Horticulture Center. See Museums & Historic Sites for detailed information and more listings in this region.

State Parks

Mt. Blue State Park (Weld), Rangeley Lake State Park (Rangeley), and Sebago Lake State Park (Casco). See National & State Parks for more information.

Recreational Activities

Biking, Hiking (Appalachian Trail), Canoeing & Kayaking, Freshwater Fishing for Salmon and Trout (Rangeley Lakes, Sebago Lake), Moose Watching Safaris, Downhill & Cross Country Skiing, and Snowmobiling. See Sports & Recreation for related listings and detailed information.

Related Links

Farmingtom Web Cam
Mt. Abram Web Cam (Locke Mills)
Sugarloaf Web Cam (Carrabassett Valley)
Sunday River Web Cam (Bethel)
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