Lying between the White Mountains to the west and the Gulf of Maine to the east, Maine lands hold over 5,000 ponds and lakes giving unique flying opportunities.
Of the 5,000 ponds the majority are available to seaplane use. Restrictions apply in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway System with a handful of pick up and drop off locations specified. In addition waters of Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park are closed or restricted.
Maine has a number of seaplane bases that provide fuel, maintenance services, charters, rental, and training. In addition the season begins with an annual Seaplane Safety Seminar and closes with the Greenville International Seaplane Fly In in September.
For the visiting seaplane pilot a wide variety of seaplane experiences are available. Everything from remote wilderness lodges to lakeside villages with restaurants and lodging. If sleeping under the wing appeals to you, try one of the remote campsites listed in the destination directory. And if you're new to camping try the Lincoln Airport and Seaplane Base campground with riverside camping and hot showers.
Maine is proud of the high quality of its water in the rivers and ponds. Invasive aquatic plants have made their way into 30 of the states ponds located in southern region, a current map is available at www.maine.gov/dep/water/invasives/. Maine law requires all watercraft and seaplanes operating on Maine's inland water to purchase and display a "milfoil sticker". They are available from Maine's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife online store at http://www10.informe.org/webshop_ifw/index.php?c=25&storeID=2. Today only 1% of Maine's waters are affected by invasive aquatic plants while neighboring states waters exceed 30% to 40% threatening the state's water resources.
Significant bodies of water that are open include:
Significant bodies of water that are closed include:
Lakes within the Arcadia National Park
Lakes within Baxter State Park
Waterways the feed Allagash Wilderness Waterway
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Maine Field Directors