Situated in and bordering southern Oxford County, the Lakes Region consists of ten incorporated villages and small towns—Brownfield, Denmark, Fryeburg, Hiram, Lovell, Porter, Stow, Stoneham and Sweden. This region is a four-season, family-friendly vacation resort area with water sports in the spring and summer, snow and ice sports in the winter, at such destinations as Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, which borders Oxford County, and beautiful foliage in the fall.
Comprised of the commercial districts of Norway, Oxford, and Paris, the County seat, and complimented by the outlying incorporated towns of Buckfield, Hartford, Hebron, Otisfield, Sumner, Waterford and West Paris, the Oxford Hills region stretches from the borders of Lewiston-Auburn to the Mountains and Lakes Regions in Western Maine. Oxford Hills has mountains and more than ten lakes and ponds, all of which are havens for boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, ice skating, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and more!
With the tag line “Maine’s most beautiful mountain village,” Bethel lies in the Androscoggin Valley at the foot of the Mahoosuc Mountain range and minutes from Mount Washington and the White Mountains. Bethel is the largest incorporated town in the seven town area that comprises the Bethel area: Bethel, Gilead, Greenwood/Locke Mills, Woodstock/Bryant Pond, Newry, Upton, Hanover plus Albany Township. The area is best known as a ski resort and home to Sunday River and Mt. Abram. Bethel was named “the greatest ski town in the Universe” by Ski Magazine, and Sunday River was featured in The New York Times as a “Giant” in the ski industry.
The River Valley Region gets its name from the Androscoggin and Swift Rivers which flow through northern Oxford County and in or near the incorporated towns of Andover, Byron, Canton, Dixfield, Mexico, Peru, Roxbury and Rumford. The hub of this region is Rumford, the largest community and home to the largest employer, NewPage Corp.