Mingo Landing is a 1.4 acre parcel of conserved land on Mingo Loop Rd. in Rangeley. This nicely forested parcel lies on the "lake side" of the road at the east end of the causeway that spans the head of Hunter Cove. The land was a generous gift to from John and Rachel Morton. Mingo Landing will now serve as a family picnic area, bank fishing and wildlife viewing are and an embarkation point to RLHT's other conserved lands on the cove, Hunter Cove Uplands (175 acres) and Hunter Cove Sanctuary (100 acres).
In 2012 funding was secured through a Lands for Maine's Future Water Access Grant to provide the funding for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) to purchase an easement from RLHT to construct a hand-carry launch and access site at Mingo Landing. Plans are in place to construct the launch, two picnic sites and parking area in 2013. This will provide opportunities for bank angling, wildlife watching and paddling itineraries for day trips from this new hand carry only access site.
Hunter Cove is a beautiful stretch of water and offers wildlife viewing, fishing and an excellent day-trip paddling experience (particularly when wind and waves make the more-open lake more challenging to paddle). Mingo Landing will provide visitors and future generations with diverse recreational opportunities to canoe, kayak, hike, watch wildlife, snow shoe, x-country ski, fish, and snowmobile.
We thank the Morton family for this wonderful gift. we also thank our friends and partners at Lands for Maine's Future and MDIFW for helping us to wonderfully enhance their gift. The return on this important conservation gift and the investment in creating access on it... will remain visible, tangible, and enduring for generations to come!