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Maine Sporting Camps

Maine Sporting Camps

by George Smith
Maine Sporting Camps

Maine Sporting Camps

by George Smith


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Maine has a long and rich history of involvement with outdoorsmen and women. The Great North Woods have long been the destination of choice for residents and visitors alike looking to bag a trophy buck or land a record brook trout. And there have always been sporting camps to cater to the "sports" and guide them on their excursions. However, trends come and go and the outdoor sports of hunting and fishing have had decreasing numbers of participants. As fewer and fewer people have sought game in the north woods, the sporting camps have had to adapt in order to survive. Now people head to the wilderness for biking, hiking, bird watching, kayaking, or simply to experience the tranquility. And Maine sporting camps have met the challenge, offering a wide array of services, from animal and bird watching excursions to wild flower and native plant guided walks. And the services have changed too. Today camps offer everything from gourmet meals and the finest amenities to unheated, unplumbed cabins to give you the true wilderness experience. In this guide, George Smith profiles the 50 or so sporting camps that are still in operation in Maine. He includes interviews with the staff and owners and gives his own experiences staying at each camp. Each entry also includes pertinent information on amenities, services offered, seasons and times of operation, as well as directions. If you're looking to get away from it all in Maine, this guide will help you find the road less traveled.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608935321
Publisher: Down East Books
Publication date: 05/01/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 710,754
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

George A. Smith is an outdoor writer, newspaper columnist honored with awards from the Maine Press Association, television show host, and former executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, the state’s largest sportsmen’s organization. He writes monthly columns for The Maine Sportsman magazine (for more than 30 years), a weekly editorial-page column for central Maine’s two daily newspapers (for twenty years), and a blog for Down East magazine’s website (started in 2009). He is co-host of a unique weekly television show called Wildfire, a talk show now in its 11th year, focused on conservation and environmental issues and seen on the Time Warner cable stations throughout the state (in 312,000 homes) and the internet ( He is the father of three children and grandfather of two boys. In addition to his family, his interests include hunting, fishing, birding, writing, reading, and eating. He is very fond of Maine’s micro-brews.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Magical Memories Bill Green vii

Introduction ix

Camp Phoenix x

Sporting Camp Challenges xii

Defining a Sporting Camp xiv

Long Way Out xvi

Conclusion xvii

The Sporting Camps

Favorite Camps 1

Bradford Camps 3

Claybrook Mountain Lodge 10

Macannamac Camps 17

Libby Camps 25

Outpost Camps 29

Appalachian Mountain Club Camps 30

Gorman Chahrback Lodge and Cabins 30

Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins 35

Cobb's Pierce Pond Camps 37

Northern Outdoors 43

Red River Camps 47

Rockwood Cottages 52

Twin Pines Camps at the New England Outdoor Center 57

Tim Pond Camps 64

Hewes Brook Lodge 69

More Camps

Allagash Sporting Camp 75

Attean Lake Lodge 76

Bald Mountain Camps 77

Bear Creek Lodge 80

Bear Spring Camps 82

Beaver Cove Camps 83

Boulet's Sporting Camps 84

Buckhorn Sporting Camps 86

Bulldog Camps 88

Canalside Cabins 90

Castle Island Camps 91

Cedar Mill Farm and Cabins 92

Cedar Ridge Outfitters 93

Chandler Lake Camps 97

Chesuncook Lake House and Cabins 100

Chet's Camps 101

Crooked Tree Lodge 104

Debsconeag Lake Wilderness Camps 104

Eagle Lake Sporting Camps 107

Eagle Lodge and Camps 108

Eagle Mountain Guide Service-Wilderness Lodge 110

Echo Lake Lodge and Cottages 113

Fish River Lodge 114

Fox Carlton Pond Sporting Camps 116

Frost Pond Camps 117

Grand Lake Lodge 122

Gray Ghost Camps 123

Harrison's Pierce Pond Camps 126

Indian Rock Camps 127

Kennebago River Kamps 128

Lake Parlin Lodge and Cabins 129

The Lakeside Country Inn and Cabins 130

Lakewood Camps 131

The Last Resort 132

Long Lake Camps 136

Loon Lodge Maine 137

Maine Huts and Trails 143

Matagamon Wilderness 147

Maynards in Maine 148

Mcnally's Ross Stream Camps 150

Moosehead Hills Cabins 153

Mt. Chase Lodge 155

Nahmakanta Lake Camps 156

Nicatous Lodge and Cabins 161

North Camps 164

North Country Lodge 167

Penobscot Lake Lodge 168

The Pines Lodge 169

Robinson's Cottages 170

Ross Lake Camps 173

Russell Pond Camps 178

Sadulsky's Camps 182

Sally Mountain Camps 183

Salmon Pool Camps 184

South Branch Lake Camps 185

Spencer Pond Camps 185

Sunrise Ridge Guide Service and Sporting Camps 187

Tomhegan Wilderness Camps 189

Umcolcus Sporting Camps 190

Weatherby's 190

West Branch Pond Camps 193

Wheaton's Lodge and Camps 197

Whisperwood Lodge and Cottages 201

Wilderness Escape Outfitters 205

Wilson's On Moosehead Lake 207

Wilson Pond Camps 214

More Information 217

North Maine Woods 217

Resources 218

Other Sporting Camps 219

About The Author 221

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