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Rangeley Plantation

Location Map for Rangeley Plantation

Location Map for Rangeley Plantation

Year Population
1970 52
1980 69
1990 103
2000 123
2010 189
Rangeley Plantation Population Chart 1870-2010

Population Trend 1870-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:52:42
W. Latitude 70:43:33
Maine House District 117
Maine Senate District 17
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 47.4
Area sq. mi. (land) 40.7
Population/sq.mi. (land) 4.6
County: Franklin

Total=land+water; Land=land only

[RAANJ-lee] is located south of the town of Rangeley in Franklin County, and was formally organized on March 5 ,1895. Known as Dallas Plantation until 1852, it was organized for election purposes in 1840 and 1859.

Named for Squire James Rangeley, as was the Town of Rangeley, the Plantation has substantial frontage on Mooselookmeguntic Lake and on Rangeley Lake.

The South Shore Road runs along the south shore of Rangeley Lake and east-west across the northern section of the plantation.

Rangeley Lake State Park occupies part of the shore near South Cove. Access to the Bald Mountain trail is from the South Shore Road in the State Park. According to the Management Plan for the area,

The Park offers camping, boating and fishing access, hiking, picnicking and swimming, all within a scenic remote setting. . . .

The Park is most renowned for its campground, beach and boat access site. The campground contains 50 well-spaced campsites and campers can easily walk or drive to the beach and picnic area, located in a somewhat secluded cove, for swimming and picnicking. Day use visitors as well as campers can use the boat access area which includes a trailered ramp and docks with slips for tying boats.

Maine Route 17 runs north-south through the western portion, passing through one section of the Four Ponds Public Reserved Land in the south. The Appalachian Trail runs just below the plantation boundary in the other section of the Reserved Land.

Form of Government: Assessors-Annual Meeting.

Additional resources

Rangeley Region’s Economy: Current Situation and Future Outlook: Resource Document. Winthrop, Me. The Irland Group. 2001. [Maine State Library]

Maine. Department of Conservation. Bureau of Parks and Lands. Western Mountains Region Management Plan.  “Rangeley Lake State Park.”  http://ftp.state.me.us/doc/parks/programs/planning/northern/documents/RangeleyRegion.pdf (accessed February 27, 2012)

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