The beautiful Maidstone Lake, accessed via the State Forest or State Park, offers wonderful opportunities to catch rainbow trout, lake trout, salmon, yellow perch and panfish. Hiking trails and hunting opportunities are also offered. The State Park which is located along the eastern shoreline, offers camping and swimming.
Maidstone Lake was created when glacial ice carved out a deep basin in a preexisting valley. Maidstone is the result of a glacial melt approximately 12,000 years ago. This beautiful mountain lake and boreal forest offer excellent fishing opportunities in addition to the secluded and quiet hiking trails and hunting opportunities.
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Maidstone is one of Vermont’s most remote State Forests. Much of the wilderness character associated with the Northeast Kingdom remains today. The beautiful and deep lake offers wonderful cold-water fishing opportunities. The lake is known for lake trout and landlocked salmon fishing including record catches. Maidstone Lake is one of the few lakes in Vermont where loons have reared their young in recent years. The loon loves the solitude of the northern lakes whose shores are rimmed with spruce-fir shade. Once common in Vermont, the loon is now an endangered species. Nearby attractions include Peaslee’s Host Farm for Consumer Education, Guildhall; Colebrook Fish Hatchery, Colebrook; and Historical Holton House Flea Market in Lancaster.
Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Lakes / Kingdom region averages 14 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -9 Celsius). The upper half of this region experiences winter temperatures ranging below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures are cooler along the western area of Lake Champlain averaging 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 21 Celsius). The central area of this region expects temperatures from 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 20 Celsius) with the eastern area of this region experiencing the coolest summer time temperatures of less than 66 degrees Fahrenheit (below 19 Celsius). The yearly precipitation for Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region vary from less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the western line to more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) along the eastern border of New Hampshire and Canada.
From Bloomfield travel 5 miles south on SR 102 then 5 miles southwest on State Forest Highway. The State Forest is at the south end of the Maidstone Lake.
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