Rocky Lake Public Reserved Land
Among woodlands of spruce and fir, bogs of sheep laurel, secret coves and rocky islands, Rocky Lake Public Reserved Land sits on 11,000 acres of gorgeous wilderness sculpted by glaciers eons ago. The dense forests are home to bald eagles, bobcats, deer and moose. Almost a dozen species of fish swim in Rocky and Second Lakes—also in the East Machias River and Northern Inlet that bound the area. Whether fly fishing for smallmouth bass or paddling out to await white perch, this is an angler’s paradise.
Those hoping for a Maine camping or hiking experience will not be disappointed. There are also wonderful opportunities to see wildlife and do some bird watching. Patrick and Second Lakes each have a few short paths; otherwise, the public land has no officially marked hiking trails. Instead, outdoor explorers trek along a network of unmarked paths that meander throughout the wilderness area.
Rocky Lake Public Reserved Land has a variety of first-come, first-served options to kick back around a campfire after a day canoeing, fishing, hiking, or hunting. The Mud Landing and South Bay boat launch areas both have campsites, primitive waterfront sites—even a shelter—scattered elsewhere around the lakes and along the East Machias River. Just be sure to pack enough marshmallows and other provisions—the nearest supply store is a good distance away.