June 16 – 22, 2023Vol. 25, No. 1

Taken from an overlook on The Mountain, this photo shows Long Point in Long Pond and the Kennebec Highlands beyond. More

On the Cover

2023: Welcome to Recreationland

Recreationland: totally Maine, totally Belgrades, totally the right place at the right time. As simple as a few sunny moments sitting at a picnic table in a peaceful park or as strenuous as an epic day-long climb up a challenging mountain trail, recreation lends itself to all levels of exertion. More


Welcome Letter

There’s something so exciting about the arrival of spring: seeing the first angler of the season on a back-road bridge, the first robin plucking a worm from a seemingly lifeless lawn, the first flowers braving the weather to add color and life to the landscape. There’s something exciting about these same old signs that summer lies ahead. More


A New Book of Old Images Celebrates the Historic Belgrades

Dozens of outstanding historic photos fill the pages of the Images of America book The Belgrades Lakes Region by Eric Hooglund. Divided into seven chapters, the book invites both page-by-page reading and random thumbing through in search of a personal connections or the answers to long-held questions. More

Dams Report

Getting Back to Summer Water Levels

Our ponds are still reeling from the May 1 storm, which brought 5½″ of rain in less than 24 hrs. Long Pond came up 18″ over a three day period!! Great Pond’s Village dam is still a whopping 5.40″ above full pond. Long Pond and its Wings Mill dam is 3.84″, also above full pond. More

Call of the Loon

First Call of the Third Season

Welcome back to another summertime in the Belgrades and the third year of our “Call of the Loon”! The Belgrade Lakes Association is into its fifth year of their Loon Preservation Project to develop a responsible comprehensive plan in order to support our loon population in the very best sustainable manner. More

Barkley On Books

The Lake Where Loon Lives

The Lake Where Loon Lives is a whimsically, brightly drawn children’s book by Maine author Brenda Reeves Sturgis. Also, it is illustrated by a Maine artist, Brook Carlton, who lives in a woodsy part of the Pine Tree State. Sturgis, the author, lives on a quiet lake. More

On the Trail

A Hike Up “The Mountain”

The Mountain, which rises along the western shore of Great Pond in Rome and is 665′ high, has a network of mostly easy hiking trails. The trail head is on Mountain Drive, a well maintained camp road 8⁄10 of mile north of the Rome town line on the Great Pond side of Route 27. More

Take It Outside

Welcome Back!

Greetings to the greater Belgrade Lakes Community and welcome back summer residents and visitors. Like last year, this winter seemed to come and go, with snow followed by melting, rain, and then more snow and cold. The ice went out in the second week of April, followed by a cool, windy spring. More

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