2021 Grand Design Transcend
2021 Grand Design Transcend
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Located in the center of southwestern Maine’s Lake Region, is where you will find the beautiful Thompson Lake, a real hidden gem. Much of the shoreline remains undeveloped, with shallow sandy areas ideal for relaxing and paddling, while other portions of the shore are more rugged, with steep rocky sections. To add to the picturesque surroundings, on a clear day there are even views of the towering Mount Washington, with fantastic sunsets which can be viewed from the east side of the lake. This beauty tends to be what draws people to book an RV in Oxford County and head out on an outdoor adventure.
At 12 miles long and covering an area of 4,426 acres, there is room for everyone to enjoy the peaceful waters. Despite feeling remote and a million miles away from busy town life, it is only a short drive from the neighboring towns of Casco, Oxford, and Poland with Lewiston and Portland both less than an hour away.
Boats are able to be rented directly from Thompson Lake Marina, so you won't have any trouble getting out on the water. There are a variety of boats available for rental, from those that seat around seven people and some pontoon boats that will even fit around 14, ideal for a gathering of friends and family. In addition to boats with a motor, you can also rent canoes and kayaks or SUP boards, perfect for smaller groups. In terms of boat traffic, Thompson Lake is usually pretty quiet, making it a peaceful place to spend the day, admiring the unspoiled shoreline and exploring the coves and inlets.
Fishermen will find ample supplies of brook and lake trout, salmon, perch, and largemouth bass on a wet line. Fishing here is ideal for those that want the big lake fishing experience without so much of the big lake boat traffic, with some people camping at Thompson Lake specifically for this reason. The landlocked salmon in the lake is stocked annually by the Maine Inland Fisheries, and they also manage the quality of the fish. Salmon is not uncommon to be pulled out of the lake up to five or six pounds.
For those Thompson Lake campers that don’t fancy getting on the water, and would rather view it from dry land, there are a few places where you can stretch your legs and walk around the shores, all with the lake as a stunning backdrop.
There are lots of places to camp at Thompson Lake and the surrounding area, but one of the closest is Hemlocks Campground, which is family and kid-friendly. You’ll always find a quiet place to relax at Hemlocks, although there is also a lively beach and playground for those that love to socialize. The summer is filled with activities such as games night and movie night, plus there are trails for hiking and biking, and boats available to rent.
When renting a camper near Thompson Lake, another option is Two Lakes Camping, an area on Hogan Pond, the lake just next door to Thompson Lake. All sites at this campground have a campfire ring and picnic table, and most also have water and electric, with full hook-ups available. Swim off the beach, have a game or just relax with family and friends around the campfire, it is a good option when camping in an RV near Casco.
When it the area, a great place to visit is the Maine Wildlife Park. The park is home to over 30 species of wildlife that are native to Maine, so it can be a very interesting experience if for the animal lover, photographers and families. Get up close to the animals and learn more about them, many of which are at the park for rehabilitation or care. Some of the wildlife that you'll get a chance to see include black bears, lynx, owls, and raccoons, to name just a few.
The Rufus Porter Museum may also be of great interest to many, where visitors can get a guided tour of the campus which includes the Webb House and Church House. The museum aims to celebrate the life and times of the talented Rufus Porter. He is well known in the art community for his mural and miniature portraits, but during his life was also an author, inventor, and teacher, so there is a lot to see in the museum.
For a little adrenaline rush, visit the Seacoast Adventure, providing fun on land, in the air, in the water, and in the snow. On land, visitors can find adventure golf, go-karts, and adventure tubing, while the aerial adventure is a high ropes obstacle course through the trees, with each course varying in elevation and difficulty. Shipwreck Cove is a small waterpark for the younger visitors open in the summer, and in the winter, snow tubing on the slopes can be great fun.