Headwaters Lake Protection Program

Stewarding Rangeley's Treasured Assets

Rangeley’s lakes, ponds, and rivers are among its most valuable and treasured assets. They form the foundation of the Region’s rich heritage while providing unparalleled recreational, scenic, and economic opportunities for residents and visitors. Protecting them from non-source pollution, algae blooms, and invasive aquatic plants is critical to their welfare and our economy.

Water Quality Monitoring

Since 1998, RLHT has partnered with Lake Stewards of Maine to train and support Water Quality Monitors. WQM collect Secchi data every two weeks from ice-out to ice-in. They also document Total Phosphorus and Dissolved Oxygen data.

Invasive Plant Patrol

For decades, shorefront owners have documented and mapped aquatic plants in the Rangeley Lakes Region. We have IPP on 13 waterbodies who paddle 97 miles of shoreline in August and early September. Don't worry, it's not all at once!

Loon Census

One Saturday each July, volunteers take to Maine's Lakes and Ponds to document our Common Loon population. We regionally support Maine Audubon's Annual Loon Count. Our regional Common Loon population is in excellent health.

Courtesy Boat Inpsecting

CBIs are the front-line for stopping invasive plants. They staff public boat launches teaching boaters how and why inspect to their boat, trailers, and gear with each launch and removal.

River Ambassadors

RAs greet visitors on our regions' five rivers; Rangeley, Magalloway, Rapid, Kennebago, and the Cupsuptic River! They teach wilderness ethics, like Leave No Trace. They assist with snapping photos, offering maps, and spreading RLHT's mission.


In partnership with Maine Lakes, RLHT connects with property owners to assess their lakeside properties erosion around structures, in the yard, and along the lake to prevent runoff into our lakes. Request an evaluation below.

Water Levels 

Visit Brookfield Renewable’s SafeWaters for real-time information on lake levels and dam releases in the Rangeley Region.

The Balancing Act

Learn more about water management in the Upper Androscoggin Watershed. 

About Your Lake

Want to know more about your favorite waterbody? Visit Lake Stewards of Maine, who compile our citizen science information in one place! 


Love your lake? Join the CCC.

Since 1998, RLHT has coordinated the Headwaters Lake Protection Program. The program consists of over 100 volunteers and works on 16 waterbodies. It applies various strategies that reach across town/plantation lines and encourages boaters to inspect their boats, shorefront owners, and business owners to be LakeSmart. 

L Daggett collects Secchi data
2020 CCC Water Quality 79

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