America's Best Lake Vacations
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Moosehead Lake, Maine
Best for Ice Sports: With winter temperatures that often plunge below freezing and lake ice two feet thick, Moosehead Lake is prime territory for ice sport enthusiasts. The ice-fishing season runs January 1–March 31; local outfitters rent heated fishing shacks, ice cutters, and snowmobiles to get you there. Ice racing—cars speeding around the frozen lake surface—takes place on winter weekends on a groomed track near Greenville. The 160-mile Moosehead Lake Snowmobile Trail loops right around the lake, with a side trail (Route 66) that cuts straight across the ice. mooseheadlake.org
Stay: Blair Hill Inn.
Play: Birches Resort for equipment rentals and guided winter tours; birches.com.