Spring Is Here!

kayaks ParlinThe ice has been out for just over a week now and the mix of sun and spring showers have brought with it a surge of renewal for the warmer seasons ahead.  We’re looking forward to the upcoming weeks where the fly fishing is at it’s peak.  The white water brims on the Kennebec and Dead rivers during their daily dam releases and many of our guests seek higher ground at Lake Parlin Lodge for retreat or a well deserved getaway experience.  Each day is full of excitement in the rapids or restorative in the quiet, peaceful settings found in the pristine waters of the lake, abundant with hungry brook trout and landlocked salmon awaiting those newly tied flies.

The Lodge at Lake Parlin transforms this time of year from a buzzing ice and snow filled mecca to a refreshing outdoors mountain getaway that meets you at every level.  Day hikes on the surrounding trails wrap around the lake and can divert into the nearby mountains full of wildlife and nature.  The short trek to the West Forks promises a blast of white water excitement filling up your need for speed during this otherwise quiet time of year.  Canoe and kayaks are available for trips around the lake and spring fly fishing couldn’t be better in the brooks and surrounding streams.brook-trout

So, whatever your pleasure, come see us soon and get away for a weekend or week full of hiking, fly fishing, or an exciting and fun filled ride down the wild rivers and get your warmer seasons underway!

Fly Fishing: The Basics

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you enjoy spending time outdoors, especially in a beautiful wilderness setting? If you do, then Maine should be the next place you choose for a vacation. Vacationing in Maine is relaxing, rejuvenating, and peaceful, as you’ll have plenty of time to get back to nature. When you want a break from hiking in the woods, consider taking up fly fishing in Lake Parlin. Fly fishing can take some time to master, but chances are you’ll be hooked from the moment you cast your first line. Keep reading to learn about the basics of fly fishing.


The basic goal of fly fishing is similar to the basic goals of other types of fishing: to use bait or a lure to get the fish to bite on your line. Fly fishing typically uses an artificial insect that mimics a fish’s normal food as a lure to attract the fish and get it to bite. While outsmarting a fish might sound fairly simple, anyone who has ever fished before can tell you that it can be more difficult than it looks. To create these artificial lures that look like insects, different materials such as features, hairs, beads, and wires are used. The trick is getting the fish to choose your lure out of all the other possible food sources in the area.


If you have ever watched someone fly fishing as opposed to traditional fishing, you probably noticed that there’s a difference in the way that the line is cast out into the water. Traditional casting and fly casting use different equipment to get the lure into the water. In traditional casting, the lure is the heaviest part, and therefore flies through the air faster, taking the line behind it. However, in fly fishing, the lure is very light and the fly line is the heaviest part. The fly line takes the momentum of the cast and brings the leader and fly (or lure) along with it through the air.

Now that you know a little more about the basics of fly fishing, try your hand at it while staying at Lake Parlin Lodge & Cabins. We have many years of experience in the hospitality industry to make your Maine vacation everything you want it to be. Contact us at (207) 668-9060 to book your lodging now.

Check Out Lake Parlin BBQ and Smokehouse!

IMG_4787-2When you want to get away from it all, there’s no place quite like the beautiful state of Maine to take you out of busy city life. There’s a reason why one of Maine’s nicknames is “Vacationland,” and all it takes is one visit to this northeastern paradise to make it your new favorite vacation destination. With tranquil natural settings, friendly people, and peaceful quiet, Maine should be on the top of your list for your next journey for rest and relaxation. While you’re here, you’re sure to work up an appetite, so be sure to check out the Lake Parlin BBQ and Smokehouse for hearty meals and friendly service.


After a long day of fishing, hunting, hiking, or just spending time with your friends and family, you’ll be ravenous. Don’t wait to get your meal started at the Lake Parlin BBQ and Smokehouse—have a seat and order up one of our tasty appetizers while you peruse the rest of our menu. Your family will love sharing the Buffalo Chicken Dip, a creamy mix of chicken, hot sauce, cream cheese, and blue cheese heated up and served with tortilla chips for dipping. Try something a little out of the ordinary and go for the Beer Battered Green Beans, served with a spicy ranch dressing. The tangy taste of the ranch combined with the crunch of the beer batter will have you excited about what’s to come.

BBQ and Burgers

Lake Parlin BBQ and Smokehouse has BBQ in our name for a good reason. We specialize in smoking our meats low and slow to bring out the best, juiciest flavors we can. Have your barbeque in sandwich form accompanied by French fries, or go for a barbeque platter if you have a really hearty appetite. Our platters come with your choice of two sides plus cornbread to make a meal you won’t soon forget.

Lake Parlin Lodge & Cabins is one of the best spots in Maine to relax, enjoy the outdoors, and sample delicious food just steps from your cabin. Contact us at (207) 668-9060 to find out about reserving rooms at the lodge or a mini cabin with us for your next vacation. Experience everything that Maine has to offer while staying in comfort.