Jackman is situated along the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway just before the U.S./Quebec border. This road is also known as the Arnold Trail because it traces Benedict Arnold’s route into Quebec during the American Revolution. The Attean View Rest Area, just south of Jackman, is a great place to stop for a picnic. From this vantage point, you have a clear view of Attean Lake and the network of ponds connected by the Moose River, with the western mountains as the backdrop.
Jackman is a hub for all types of outdoor adventure. Established as a stopping point for lumber-hauling trains, it is now a major depot for those traveling Maine’s extensive network of interconnected snowmobiling trails. More than 60 lakes, ponds and streams are easily accessed from Jackman, which is situated on the shores Wood Pond. Remote fishing camps, many dating back to the late 19th century, are also located around this area. Each has a loyal following that returns every year in search of “the big one.” The annual smelt run after ice-out (usually in April) kicks off the season. Fishing for trout, land-locked salmon and togue is excellent through September. The area also offers great canoeing and kayaking. The Moose River Bow Trip is a 34-mile loop that offers excellent opportunities to view wildlife and enjoy the peace and quiet of the wilderness—with a few light rapids along the way. Paddlers can camp out at one of the remote sites found along the river.