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Looking for a classic small town that offers a taste of the arts and outdoor adventure? Traveling up Route 201 from Skowhegan, you will find family fun at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground with brand new sites including the Sleepover Tree House. Don’t miss Maine Maple Products, for a taste of their award winning syrup, and as you continue up 201 you will arrive at the Lakewood Region home to Maine’s State Theatre and pristine golfing.
Maine’s State Theater
The curtain first rose at Lakewood Theater in East Madison in 1901, and this beloved performance venue has been Maine’s State Theater since 1967. Renowned as one of the longest-running summer theater programs in the nation, Lakewood offers adoring fans a lively range of unforgettable productions, including comedies, dramas, musicals, and special engagements for children. And Lakewood is also home to one of the area’s finer dining establishments, the Lakewood Inn Restaurant.
Situated amid pastoral mountain vistas, Lakewood Golf Course offers a front nine right out of the Roaring 20s, while the back nine seems carved right from the forest. If you’re looking for The Golf Challenge of Your Lifetime, head to Hole 12. It’s a mind-blowing 660-yard Par 6. Grab your driver and rise to the challenge!
To the River!
If you head west from the Lakewood Region you will find yourself in the Madison Village which is nestled along the Kennebec. Industry brought Madison to the River but now the River brings outdoor enthusiasts to Madison. Great kayaking runs can be found both upstream from Embden and downstream to Norridgewock’s Oosoola Park. Looking for a more intense river experience? Check out The Madison Wave, every spring the wave offers whitewater enthusiasts everything they can handle.
And save time for some angling. One of the finest fly-fishing spots in the state is along the Historic Pines Trail. While you are there take a leisurely walk along the mile long trail with historic granite monuments that tell the story of 18th century Native American life along the River.
A Breathtaking Abbey
In the heart of Madison’s you’ll find the town’s oldest, most attractive structure, Somerset Abbey. Long used as a brick-and-stone church, the abbey now is a vibrant, year-round community and performance venue with concerts and comedy shows every weekend. Step inside and take in the beauty of turn of the century woodworking and stained glass. You’ll even discover a classic, 1928 E.M. Skinner pipe organ—sounding as good as it did when Calvin Coolidge was president!
Looking for a place for the kid’s to cool off? Roy’s Water Park on Main Street offers kids of all ages the chance to splash and ride huge inflatable water slides from June to early September.
Every August as summer comes to an end local residents and tourists from both sides of the River gather for the annual Anson-Madison Days Celebration. In its 41st year the festival starts Thursday night August 24th with the 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Sponsored by tomato grower Backyard Farms, this feast draws up to 250 people hungry to taste the best area chili. Friday and Saturday features Family Fun with rides, food, crafters and concerts with the annual parade and fireworks. Sunday features bass fishing and golf tournaments. Truly an event with something for everyone.
Located off Route 43 on Orchard Road, North Star combines a family owned business with natural beauty. Their gift shop is open year round and their apple orchard sits amongst the most beautiful vistas in the area with a breathtaking view of the Bigalow Mountains. Check out their website to see proof!
Looking for a great fishing experience? Trust the experts at Kennebec River Outfitters located on Route 201 in Madison. Bob Mallard has over 30 years experience on the water in Central Maine and can guide you to the best spots around.
Located off of Father Rasle Road near the Madison/Norridgewock line, this one mile trail is an easy walk along side the Kennebec River. Watch Video. There are several granite markers along the way with historical and inspirational information. The trail leads down to the river where there is access for canoe/kayak and a great fly fishing spot. Click here for more information.
Central Maine's "Hidden Gem" of a golf course is located right on Route 201 in Madison. Lakewood Golf Course combines a challenging course, beautiful scenery and a historic location to provide a great golfing experience.