8 Reasons to Visit Tripp Lake Maine in the Summer

Living among the natural beauty of Maine’s lake district provides us with ample opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and all its recreational possibilities. But with 550 feet of private shoreline on Tripp Lake, being able to have fun in, on and around the water is just steps from our front porch! Here are 8 reasons to visit Tripp Lake, Maine in the Summer.



A loon swimming in Tripp Lake during the summer

#1 – Admire the Wildlife

A natural, freshwater lake with nearly 8 miles of shoreline, Tripp Lake beckons visitors throughout the year. At 3 miles in length and nearly a mile wide, the clean, clear water attracts an abundance of wildlife. In fact, our resident loons share the lake with great blue herons, Canada geese, egrets, ducks, and bald eagles.


Kayaker rowing on the lake in a red kayak behind Wolf Cove Inn

#2 – Go Kayaking or Canoeing

Here at Wolf Cove Inn, we offer guests access to 2 canoes and 3 kayaks, which you can launch from our private beach and dock. A leisurely paddle to the southeastern end of the lake leads to a small island where you may spot our loons nesting in the spring and early summer.

While a number of private homes and cottages dot the shoreline, the overall atmosphere remains peaceful and serene. In order to maintain the tranquility of the lake, jet skis are prohibited. However, kayaks, canoes, and pontoons frequently cruise the length and breadth of the lake, enjoying the quiet beauty and spectacular sunrises and sunsets.


Fish jumping out of the water to catch a worm on fishing pole hook

#3 – Go Fishing

In addition to wildlife and kayaking, fishing is a favorite pastime and another reason to visit. There are a variety of warm water fish that thrive in Tripp Lake. On any given day you may spot anglers wetting a line in hopes of catching perch, pickerel, brown trout, or large- and small-mouth bass. You can purchase a one-day fishing license at the town office in Poland or at Walmart in nearby Oxford. Cast your line, see what happens, and enjoy the ride.


Person swimming in the lake behind Wolf Cove Inn on a sunny summer day

#4 – Take a Swim

Tripp Lake is so inviting with its crystal clear blue water as it reflects the summer sky. You can’t help but jump in for a refreshing swim! Be sure to pack your swimsuit to enjoy splish-splashin’ around during your summer stay.


Hiking trail through lush green woods in Maine

#5 – Let’s Go Hiking

Walking along the lake is as peaceful and inspiring as being in or on it. Jordan Shore Drive skims along the lake for a distance of 1.25 miles, passing by lovely waterfront homes and summer camps. Across the lake, Tripp Lake Camp has been hosting the ultimate summer camp experience for generations.

The Poland Town Forest, just a mile from the lake, is the ideal destination for a more invigorating hike. Choose any of the 3 well-maintained loop trails rich in scenic beauty. Boardwalks and bog bridges assist in crossing streams. Along the way, you’ll encounter the town’s largest hemlock tree and a scenic overlook. But if you want to spot deer or northern owls, take your chances on the ridge trail between Tripp Lake and Middle Range Pond.

Try these 9 moderate hikes near Poland, Maine.


Reddish glow to the sky at sunset over Tripp Lake

#6 – Admire the Sunsets

As evening descends on Tripp Lake, grab a glass of wine or craft beer and relax in an Adirondack chair in front of the fire pit. Watch as Mother Nature paints the sky with brilliant pinks and oranges as the sun sets slowly over the lake. It’s one of our guests’ favorite nighttime rituals. Make it even sweeter by gathering the ingredients for a complimentary s’more from the porch.


View of the milky way in the night sky

Photo Credit: Milky Way taken by innkeeper Roy at Wolf Cove Inn

#7 – Gaze at the Stars

The gorgeous photograph above depicts the amazing stargazing opportunities at Wolf Cove Inn. Gaze in amazement at thousands of twinkling stars in the night sky as you contemplate the gift of life. If you’re a hobbyist, be sure to bring your camera to capture these awesome moments.


Aerial view of Wolf Cove Inn and Tripp Lake surrounded by pines during the summer

#8 – Take Advantage of Cozy Accommodations

Last, but certainly not least, of these 8 reasons to visit Tripp Lake, Maine in the summer is our waterfront inn. Nestled peacefully among the pine forest, the seclusion you experience as soon as you drive in is palpable. We offer an authentic Maine experience, from the call of the loons on the lake to the rustic, woodsy vibe of our 11 comfortable guest rooms and cozy cottage. Come visit us soon to experience our little slice of heaven in western Maine.



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