Hunting, fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice-fishing, dog sledding, hiking, birding. Or just photographing the wilderness Maine has sporting camps and wilderness lodges to accommodate all these activities and more.
Since Maine is 90 percent covered in forest and sparsely populated especially upcoun try in the Great North Woods wilderness is pretty easy to find. Maine’s sprawling wilder ness also claims many rivers, lakes, and ponds nearly 13 percent of the state is fresh water. In fact, some camps are only accessible by water or seaplane.
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Camps and lodges run the gamut from rough and rustic to charmingly, comfortably rustic, and can be found just about anywhere in the slate. There's something for everyone from tenting in the wild, to rental cabins with stone fireplaces, to B&Bs with all the comforts of home.
A popular wild area for visitors is the 93 mile long Allagash Waterway region, bordering the 3.5 million-acre North Maine Woods. Rafters, canoists, and recreational fishermen like to explore the rivers; while hunters visit t he woods to bag big and small game such as moose, deer, black bear, grouse, and woodcock.
The region surrounding the forever wild Baxter State Park near Greenville and Moosehead Lake is another popular spot that includes the West Branch of the Penobscot River and the Big liddy salmon pool.
No longer just for the hook and bullet crowd, sporting camps have had to adjust to changing times and tastes. In addition to traditional hunting and fishing activities, most camps are open for just about anything you can think to do in the wil derness. Many are owned or staffed by.
Sure, they’re seasonal-Maine isn’t the tropics but it you catch them at their peak, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Booth bay are spectacular.
Sitting on 270 acres of tidal shore land, the Gardens adds a newly planted area each year, an ever changing display of art, as well as a permanent sculpture collection by regional artists. The Botanical Gardens also offers art exhibits, talks, tours, and other programs in the visitor center. The Children's Garden, replete with fairy tale buildings, features activities such as puppet shows and encourages the making of fairy.