Like the first settlers who arrived in the Jackman
are in 1819, residents and visitors alike still enjoy the
tranquility and splendor of this area of Maine known as the North
Around 1810, Maine Entrepreneurs established a wagon road in hopes
of developing new markets for their products. In Maine this road was
called "Old Canada Trail". It was also known as "Arnolds Trail" for
Benedict Arnold who used this route to Quebec during the American
Revolution. In the 1830ís, Captain James Jackman was hired by the
state to complete the construction of the road from the Forks to
Canada. The town of Jackman was named after the Captain.
In 1888, the Canadian Pacific Railroad hit town, and the area awoke.
The lumbering industry went into high gear in the first part of the
twentieth century with the opening of the Kellogg Lumber Company at
Long Pond in 1906. Lumbering became the life-blood of the area. It
remains the major business today though most of the mills are gone.
In the early 1900's, local entrepreneurs built
fortunes through lumbering opportunities, while others built
sporting camps to accommodate those who could afford to come from
major eastern cities for weeks, or the entire season, to enjoy the
natural beauty of the area and all that Mother Nature had to offer.
Tourism has always been strong in this region. Easy
access to a truly beautiful, remote wilderness area has allowed
people the opportunity. Located on a major route between Quebec
City and Boston, traveling along the Kennebec-Chaudiere
International Corridor (Rte. 201), the beauty of the Jackman-Moose
River Valley with all of its mountains, lakes, ponds, rivers and
streams has something to offer every traveler.
Below is a list of resources and links to web sites
that will help acquaint you with Jackman and the Moose River Valley
area. If you would like to learn more about the area, please feel
free to contact us! For a complete guide and valuable information
about Jackman, visit their website at
928 Main Street
Dennistown, Maine 04945
The 4 seasons here in Jackman, Maine are filled with
all kinds of activities, sports and simply enjoying all of nature's
splendor. We've listed some of the activities below and will add
more detail as we continue to build our web site!
When spring fever hits, there's no better place to live than
in the Jackman Region! Burn off some of that pent up energy
you've been saving all winter. We have some of the best
fishing in the Northeast, moose watching along the roadways,
ATV riding, White Water Rafting, Bird Watching, Boating, and
Maple Sugaring, all in the Jackman Region.
Summer time is all about the Maine Family and enjoying the
outdoors. The children are out of school and the days are
warm. There are untold places to camp out, lots of lakes,
ponds & rivers for boating, canoeing, and kayaking, hiking,
biking, horseback riding, golf and tennis.
The Jackman-Moose River Region is well known for providing
you with a kaleidoscope of colors when fall foliage peaks.
Sunny days and cool nights are great for taking those woods
walks you didn't get to in the summer. Many consider it the
best time of year to drive up the Scenic Byway (Rte. 201)
along the Kennebec River and even on up to Quebec City. If
you enjoy hunting, the Jackman area is well known for its
trophy bucks, moose, grouse and other small game.
Since Jackman is located in the snow belt, winter is a busy
time of year in this region. Our well groomed trail systems
provide you with quality snowmobiling whether you are
looking for day trips around Jackman and the Moosehead Lake
area or trips that will take you over to the Rangeley Lake
area or even up into Canada.
If you're an avid fisherman, ice fishing is another popular
sport. Our lakes freeze over early and we don't expect
"ice-out" until May. Trout, salmon, and splake are common
to the area.