Hatchery Book Preserve contains 50 forested acres on Russell Cove with a network of wetlands providing critical habitat to wildlife. The 1.2 mile trail system includes three picnic spots along the water, a boat dock for water access, and a series of bog bridges that protect plant and animal life while providing easy access over several different types of wetlands.
The trails, picnic tables, and bog walks were built by the efforts of community members seeking to make the preserve accessible to all ages and hiking abilities. The boat dock is at the Loon Picnic Site, the farthest such area from the parking lot. The Loon Picnic Site also has great views of Town Park in Rangeley across City Cove. The other two waterfront picnic areas are also named for birds seen in the preserve, the Heron and the Mallard Picnic Sites.
Originally a proposed 50-unit housing development, concerned citizens in Rangeley purchased the property in 1991 to protect its natural splendor. The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust later acquired the Hatchery Brook Preserve in 1997.
As with all Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust properties, there is a carry-in, carry-out policy. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pet. Also, there is no camping or fires are permitted within the Hatchery Brook Preserve. Additional information and a map of the property may be found on RLHT's website.
Visit the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust online for more information or contact:
From the intersection of ME Routes 16 and 4 in downtown Rangeley, follow ME Route 4 north about three quarters of a mile and turn left onto Rangeley Manor Drive. This is the first left after passing the Rangeley cemetery which is on the right. Approximately 200 yards down Rangeley Manor Drive is the parking for Hatchery Brook on the left. The trailhead leaves from the north end of the parking lot.
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