Difficulty: Simple to difficult, based on what campsites you pick. Some campsites need longer paddles than other people, and some need portaging (carrying your canoe and gear more than land to attain the subsequent physique of water).
How to get there: From the visitors light at the center of downtown Greenville, drive north on Lily Bay Road (about the west side of Moosehead Lake) for 19 miles to Kokadjo. Pass Kokadjo Trading Post and Comfort Shop, then bear left exactly where the pavement ends. Drive 1.six miles, then bear suitable at the sign for Medawisla Lodge. Continue on this road for roughly six miles to attain the lodge. Employees at the lodge can direct you to the campsite you reserved, or you can seek advice from the a lot of maps positioned at the lodge and on the AMC web site, outdoors.org. Note that the roads beyond Kokadjo are not paved, and are topic to washouts and potholes. Roads may well not be passable by automobiles with low clearance. Limit your speed to 25 mph, and yield to logging trucks.
Info: Owned and maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club, a handful of primitive campsites are positioned on a chain of ponds along the Roach River east of Moosehead Lake. Each and every equipped with a fire ring, privy, tent pad and picnic table, these internet sites are a great getaway for campers hunting for a secluded, peaceful camping encounter.
The campsites are positioned close to Medawisla Lodge, one particular of AMC’s 3 wilderness lodges in the area. Each and every wilderness lodge delivers rental cabins, and the guests can love house-cooked meals in a communal dining region. So if you are hunting for a extra sheltered and catered camping encounter, these lodges may well be a great selection for you.
Primitive camping is usually defined as camping with no access to operating water, electrical energy or other modern day conveniences. The remoteness of these campsites differ, with some accessible by road whilst other people are only accessible by water or trail.
On the ponds close to the Roach River, AMC maintains six paddle-to campsites and 3 drive-in campsites, scattered along the shores of Second Roach Pond, Trout Pond, Third Roach Pond and Fourth Roach Pond. They’re absolutely free for folks to use at a very first come, very first served basis.
If paddling to a internet site, bring your personal canoe. Whilst AMC-owned canoes are occasionally positioned on canoe racks by the water, they are not technically loaner canoes and may well be locked up.
To date, AMC has bought and permanently conserved about 70,000 acres of forest land in the 100-Mile Wilderness area, on which they’ve constructed extra than 120 miles of trails and opened 3 wilderness lodges: Medawisla, Tiny Lyford and Gorman Chairback.
In addition to keeping campsites close to Roach River, AMC maintains campsites farther south, closer to Tiny Lyford and Gorman Chairback lodges. The guidelines for staying at these campsites are totally distinctive. They are by reservation only, and staying at them is $12 per particular person, per evening.
To reserve one particular of these campsites, contact the Katahdin Ironworks Checkpoint workplace at 207-965-8135. Payment for the internet site will be produced at what ever gate you pass by means of when driving to the internet site: Katahdin Ironworks Gate or Hedgehog Gate. Also, you will have to have to spend an extra charge to pass by means of the gate — $10 for Maine residents and $15 for nonresidents. Money or verify.
For extra facts about AMC trails, lodging and campsites, take a look at outdoors.org or contact the Greenville AMC workplace at 207-695-3085.
Individual note: I consider we had been on Strategy D (or possibly a bit farther down the alphabet) when we found AMC’s remote campsites on Labor Day weekend. Initially, my husband Derek and I had planned to canoe to one particular of the state-owned campsites positioned on a handful of distinctive islands in Moosehead Lake. That was Strategy A. But when we arrived at the shore of Maine’s biggest physique of water, we had been greeted with white caps.
“No way we’re paddling in that,” Derek stated.
He was suitable. Tipping our canoe whilst carrying our dog, Oreo, and all our camping gear would be a disaster. So we consulted our Delorme atlas and changed course. Navigating the vast network of logging roads east of Moosehead, we visited a number of packed campsites ahead of we located the seclusion we had been hunting for on AMC land.
Just after parking at the trailhead, we lugged out camping gear down the wide .1-mile, Roach River Headwaters Trail to Trout Pond in Shawtown Township. Along the way, I stopped to photograph a quantity of vibrant orange, spotted mushrooms. But I was cautious not to touch them, as they’re really poisonous.
The campsite on Trout Pond, marked with a yellow sign, was just a quick canoe trip — five minutes, probably — from the boat launch. Just after a frustrating day, we located the best spot to unwind. That evening we cooked hot dogs more than a campfire (we bought wood in Greenville on the way), and we played UNO on the picnic table by the light of a lantern. Oreo, wrapped in a fleece blanket, presided more than the game.
The subsequent morning, Oreo wiggled out of my sleeping bag to pace about the tent. Unzipping the front flap, I followed him outdoors to watch the sunrise more than the trees and a loon swim by means of the fog. Later that morning, we went for a paddle all the way about Trout Pond, which is totally undeveloped. We then packed up and hit the road to hike up a nearby mountain — a tale for a further day.
Connected: 1-minute hike: Ice Pond Preserve in Hancock