JACKMAN is in the Northwestern Mountains of Maine in the Moose River Valley. Technically, we are part of the "Kennebec region" located in Somerset County. The Town itself is 41 square miles and is located primarily along U.S. Route 201 and State Route 6 & 15. We are just 16 miles from the Quebec border and 72 miles north of Skowhegan along US route 201. At last census, we boasted approximately 862 permanent residents.
For the most part, Jackman is a commercial center for the unincorporated areas surrounding us, and for travelers on Route 201. It is surrounded by 250,000 acres of woodlands owned mostly by timber companies and private landowners. Thanks to these land owners, the Border Riders Sportsman Club, and many businesses who help,we have extensive snowmobile and ATV trails, and the beautiful untouched wilderness to play in. Please respect them and the wildlife who call this their home.
Although the town is small, we have everything you need right here: a bank, post office, fire department, auto parts and grocery stores, 2 gas stations, a trading post, 2 hardware stores, pizza shops, deli, coffee shop, restaurants to get home cooked meals, pubs with karaoke or pool tables, health center and churches of various religions.
The only thing you will not find in Jackman is a streetlight....and most of us like it that way!
The people are friendly, not because of the tourism, just because they really are friendly. We are made up of many "mom and pop" type businesses and take pride in everything we do, not only for you, our guests, but for the community and even the country. (we pulled together donations to send enough lumber to Louisiana to build a school after Hurricane Katrina). Most people like living here and enjoy the simple life.
So, as you drive along main street, and someone waves to you, wave back. It just is the way it is.
Every SEASON in Jackman offers new adventures for the outdoor enthusiast.
IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER
Spring, fondly called mud season, can be rainy and cold at times but as the trees starts to bud and the grass turns green and you hear the call of the loon, rebirth has begun and you know summer is on its way.
Summer weather in the Northwestern mountains of Maine is generally quite pleasant. If you need to get away from the hot and humid days south of Jackman, come on up and enjoy a weekend with us. It is usually gorgeous here.
The many Ponds and lakes as well as the Moose River provide numerous water recreations such as fishing, canoeing, kayaking, motor-boating, water skiing and swimming. We are also close to a Class IV rafting river with a rafting company in town and others within 30 miles.
There are hundreds of square miles of private land open in the region for your enjoyment offering mountain bike and hiking trails, berry picking opportunities, wildlife and MOOSE searching, and of course, ATV TRAILS.
FALL IS HUNTING SEASON PLUS!
The Northwestern woods and mountains surrounding the Jackman area are noted countrywide for great hunting. The thousands of acres of virtual wilderness make excellent hunting for white tail DEER, black BEAR, MOOSE, COYOTE, snowshoe HARE, WATERFOWL, RUFFED GROUSE, and many more.
And if you are not a hunter, fall is an awesome time for ATV’s, biking, or hiking. The days and evenings are cooler but the warm sun keeps you smiling.
But DO NOT forget your camera as this is the time of natural beauty as the colors of autumn come alive. Remember, fall foliage comes earlier in Jackman - late September through October - about 2 weeks earlier than Southern Maine. I think the more North you go the more vibrant are the colors!!!
Don’t miss the opportunity to be outdoors and enjoy this time of year!
WINTER IN JACKMAN IS THE "SWITZERLAND OF MAINE”
Where the snow falls first and leaves last in Maine...it truly looks like Switzerland from mid December to Mid March! So pull out the snow-mobiles and ice fishing gear. Our winter wonderland offers miles of groomed snow mobile trails, frozen ponds speckled with Ice shacks for ice fishing, and hundreds of acres of wilderness for snow shoeing, cross country skiing or just to simply enjoy nature.
You do not have to buy a ticket to enjoy nature in the wintertime!
On an Historical Note:
The First settler to the area was Captain Samuel Holden, his wife Jane and 7 of their children (they had 11 total). They traveled from Anson Maine to Moose River in March 1820. They snowshoed from the Forks (30 miles) to Moose River where Mr. Holden had built a log cabin the year prior. In May of 1820, their cabin burned down and they lived in a cave until the second home was built.
US Route 201 was once called Arnold Trail. This is the route that Benedict Arnold and his army followed when they attempted to enter Canada to throw the British out of Quebec as ordered by General Washington. This march included the building of 100 "bateaux" (large heavy boats) and rowing UP the Kennebec River. US Route 201 is now also called the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway as part of the National Scenic Byways Program.